TOP KINO - Filmprogram 2:


Saturday March 1st, 2014 -  08:30 p.m. at TOP KINO
approx. 90 min.


Contemporary independent animation from Seattle

The Pacific Northwest has more than its share of curious creatures. This series of animated films, curated by Tess Martin, showcases the relationship between humans and the natural world in the wet and wild city of Seattle. Whales, owls, bumblebees, frogs, cats, dogs and the hairy forest-dwelling giant known as Bigfoot inhabit these flights of fancy created by award-winning members of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team, themselves a rare breed: truly independent creators who push the boundaries of animation. 


1. Rocketmen trailer, Webster Crowell, 0:53 (2014)
The Rocketmen are the last surviving remnant of a WPA jobs program; their hardware, uniforms and budget haven’t changed since the great depression; generations of men employed atop rooftops and radio towers, waiting to save us from the threats of tomorrow.  An adventure serial about what to do until the robots arrive, seven thrilling episodes written and directed by Animator Webster Crowell. Coming in 2014! 

2. The Whale Story, Tess Martin, 3:46 (2012)
A fisherman experiences a moment of connection with a female humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco. Is this an example of inter-species communication or a mysterious fluke? This true story is retold in paint on a 16 foot high wall with the help of the passing public in Seattle's Cal Anderson Park.

3. Song of the Spindle, Drew Christie, 4:03 (2011)
A man and whale argue about who is smarter and finally come to something of an understanding.
Animated in Flash and drawn by hand with tablet.

4. Crashing Waves, Britta Johnson, 6:53 (2010)
In this film, featuring a combination of stop-motion animation and time lapse photography, two shipwreck victims spend their days on a deserted shore, making the sun rise, the tides move in and out, etc. Are they gods, or have they been driven mad by their predicament?

5. Hi! I'm a Nutria, Drew Christie, 3:45 (2012)
In this animated Op-Doc for the New York Times, an invasive rodent asks how long it takes to become a native.  Animated and colored in Photoshop with scanned ink drawings.

6. Harsh Tokes and Bong Jokes, Clyde Petersen, 3:46 (2013)
Hand drawn for his band Your Heart Breaks, Harsh Tokes and Bong Jokes is a drug-fueled teenage ride through the grunge rock streets of Seattle, Washington in the 1990's.  Climb into a car with a bunch of queer teenagers as they take bong hits, rock out to mix tapes and play guitar on the beach.

7. Excerpt from Dream of a Beatnick Poet, Bruce Bickford, 5:24 (2000-present)
Bruce Bickford, known for his claymation videos for Frank Zappa from the 1970s, continues to animate every day. Working primarily now in fine-pencilled drawn animation, this is a five minute excerpt from one of his work-in-progress films, Dream of a Beatnick Poet.

8. Edible Rocks, Stefan Gruber, 2:49 (2013)
This animation recounts the time when the animator convinced his little brother that there were some rocks you could eat. Made with charcoal, colored pencils and gel pens.

9. They Look Right Through You, Tess Martin, 9:02 (2013)
Whether cat people or dog people, we all think we have relationships with our pets. But do our pets feel the same way? 
Can we ever really know how our animals see us, or are our relationships with them ultimately a leap of faith? This marker-on-glass animated short uses interviews to explore the depth and limitations of human-pet relationships, and how we communicate, feel for and understand each other.

10. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O, Britta Johnson, 3:02 (2012)
The strange courtship of a frog and a mouse - an animated music video made with watercolors for Laura Veirs' song King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki- Me- O, featuring Bela Fleck on the banjo.

Total running time: 44 minutes



Animated films and an introduction by the artist.

Elizabeth Hobbs is a visual artist based in Hackney. Her background is in printmaking and artist’s books, for the last 12 years she has been making animated films.  Her films have won many awards.  A large part of Elizabeth’s work is creating participatory animated films and devising visual art projects with young people and community groups with artist Emily Tracy.  She also lectures in animation at Anglia Ruskin University. 

The Emperor, 4:20 (2001)
Directed written and animated by Elizabeth Hobbs, commissioned by Animate!

The tale of a quest to free the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte from exile on the island of St Helena including a fresh insight into the mystery of his pickled private parts. Watercolour on paper

Awards – The Emperor was shown in over 20 international film festivals and won the 2nd prize in the Animation section of the International Film Festival of Fine Arts, Szolnok, Hungary 

The Nature of Bow, 2:20 (2003)

The Nature of Bow is a record of the natural habitat of Bow in East London created with members of the Bow Age Concern art group. Ink on paper 

The True Story of Sawney Beane, 10:39 (2005)

A story of the 16th Century Scottish cannibal from his elderly mother’s perspective. Charcoal and watercolour

Awards - The McLaren Audience Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2005, the Cineplex Odeon Award for Best Short Animation at the Victoria Independent Film Festival 2006, the Centaur Prize for Animation at the Message to Man Film Festival in Russia, nominated for a Scottish BAFTA in 2005 and short-listed for the 15th Kodak/BAFTA short film showcase in 2006.

Little Skipper, 1:03 (2009)

Butterfly prints of European butterflies are brought to life under a rostrum camera. 

The Old, Old, Very Old Man, 6:03 (2007)
Written, directed and animated by Elizabeth Hobbs, produced by Kathrein Guenther. 
Funded by the Hackney and Tower Hamlets Film Fund.

A film based upon the death of the 152 year old Thomas Parr in the year 1635. Ink on tile

Festivals 2007 – EIFF, Dok Leipzig, BAF, FLIP, Aurora, LIAF, Ottawa International Animation Festival, FIKE, SICAF, Animpact, Animateka 2008 - Tricky Women, Annecy, Zlin Dog, Anifest, Animafest Hiroshima.

Awards – Best Independent Film BAF! 2007, Best Animation International Programme 4, London International Animation Festival 2007 Best short film – Flip Festival Wolverhampton 2007, Best short film – Aurora, Norwich 2007, Finalist in the short film category British Animation Awards 2008, Awarded the prize of a 3 month residency at the Tricky Women Festival in Vienna 2009.

Imperial Provisor Frombald, 4:00 (2013)

The true story of Imperial Provisor Frombald, a very composed and efficient administrator.  
Who is asked to travel deep into the Serbian countryside to resolve a spot of eighteenth century vampire hysteria that leaves him feeling nothing less than a little hysterical himself.
Hand carved rubber stamps printed on 35mm film

Total running time: approx. 30 minutes