Still from Drew Christie’s Song of the Spindle
It’s been more than a year since the premiere of Strange Creatures: Contemporary Independent Animation from Seattle in August 2013.
Since that fateful day the program, comprised of 10 animated shorts from Drew Christie, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Clyde Petersen, Webster Crowell, Tess Martin and Bruce Bickford, has screened in Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Amsterdam (twice!), Brussels, Oldenburg and Ljubljana. Programmer Tess Martin has been able to present the program at every screening so far, and in some cases she has curated a short Act 2 of local films to complement the film. This has ensured that lots of local animators and fans have attended the screenings and been introduced to the Seattle scene. Here is a full list of the screenings so far:
Ljubljana, Slovenia: ANIMATEKA International Animated Film Festival, Dec 8-14, 2014
Oldenburg, Germany: zwergWERKchen, Nov 30, 2014
Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Fay’s Film Festival, Free Fringe Festival, Sept 7, 2014
Brussels, Belgium: Cinema Nova, April 18th, 2014
Amsterdam, the Netherlands: OT301, presented by the A/V Club, April 13th, 2014
Prague, Czech Republic: Kavarna Liberal, March 11, 2014
Budapest, Hunagary: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, March 5, 2014
Vienna, Austria: Under the Radar Animation Symposium, TopKino, March 1, 2014
Seattle, USA: NW Film Forum, August 3, 2013
Below is a selection of documentation of the European screenings. To keep up to date with Strange Creatures news, check here or with the portion of Tess’ website devoted to it. Email Tess at tess[@]tessmartinart.com to bring this program to your venue!
In this interview for the Animateka festival Tess Martin talks about the differences in animation scenes between the US and the Netherlands, SEAT, the Strange Creatures program, and specifically Bruce Bickford!
Animateka International Animated Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 2014, Photo courtesy of Animateka
Tess Martin answering questions about Strange Creatures from Animateka festival director Igor Prassel, December 11, 2014. Photo by Andrej Firm
Strange Creatures film details in the Animateka program, Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 2014.
Strange Creatures programs and zwergWERKchen program at the CineK cinema in Oldenburg, Germany, Nov 30, 2014
Poster for Amsterdam screening, sponsored by A/V Club, April 13, 2014 (Poster by Helena Sanders)
OT301, venue for the Strange Creatures screening in Amsterdam, hosted by the A/V Club, April 2014
Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belgium, host of a Strange Creatures screening in April 2014
Strange Creatures information in the Cinema Nova program, Brussels, Belgium, April 2014.
A map of locations on Tess Martin’s March 2014 tour – she presented Strange Creatures in Vienna, Budapest and Prague.