Animation Block Party 2009 Summerfest
Here is the official program information for Animation Block Party's Sixth Annual Festival. Tickets will be on sale at the doors to each event, but you can also buy them in advance and the links below to ensure a seat. Please check back for updates. In the event of rain, all outdoor events will take place indoors at the same location.
ABP July 24th:
Animation Block Party opens on Friday, July 24 at Rooftop Films, located at the Automotive High School on 50 Bedford Avenue, between North 12th and Lorimer, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The evening will feature live music from Teengirl Fantasy, followed by a diverse screening of world premieres, international cartoons and fan friendly blips. Doors to Rooftop Films on July 24th will open around 8pm for live-music and the ABP screenings will start between 9-930pm. There will be a short ten-minute intermission after 'Hazed.'
- Rethink Happiness: Directed by Choom, Canada
- ABP 2009 Intro: Directed by Ben Meinhardt, Canada
- Mother’s Day: Directed by David Lobser, NYC
- Puffer Girl: Directed by Joan C. Gratz, Portland
- Replacement Dog: Directed by Garrett Koeppicus, NYC
- Juxtaposed Directed by Alex Wager, School of Visual Arts
- Milbe: Directed by Karl Tebbe, Germany
- Pigeon Interlude
- Red Rabbit Directed by Egmont Mayer, Germany
- Notebook Babies: Directed by Tony Dusko, PA
- Southern Exposure: Directed by Susan Chien, Massachusetts College of Art
- Armadillo Interlude
- Ergo: Directed by Geza M. Toth, Hungary
- Hazed: Directed by Matt Hammill, Guru Studio
- Enter the Dragon: Directed by Robert DeJesus, NYC
- Lotions 12: Directed by Matt Lee, NYC
- Craig T. Squirrel: Directed by Mike Hollingsworth, CA
- Cooking 420 with Chef Barry: Directed by Chelsea Manifold, NYC
- Mutt: Directed by Glen Hunwick, Australia
- Horn Dog: Directed by Bill Plympton, NYC
- MFA Show: Directed by Rob Bohn, NYC
- Jeremy! Directed by Mooshe Nickerson, Savannah College of Art and Design
- La Nostalgia del Sr. Alambre: Directed by Jonathan Ostos Yaber, Mexico City
Opening night animation screenings will be followed by an after party at Matchless, located at 557 Manhattan Avenue at Driggs, also in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The after party will feature free beer courtesy of Radeberger and is only for those with ABP-Rooftop Tickets.
ABP July 25th:
Animation Block Party continues on Saturday, July 25 at BAMcinématek located at the Peter Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Program One will feature experimental animation, fresh music videos and subversive design works, while Program Two will showcase exceptional student films, professional content and narrative shorts.
- X-Mess Detritus: Directed by Voltaire, NYC
- The Dragon’s Claw: Directed by Robert Bruce, NYC
- The Sylpphid: Directed by Dorte Bengtson, National Film School of Denmark
- Alice’s Attic: Directed by Robyn Yannoukos, UCLA
- Here Come The Guns: Directed by Greg Condon
- Let Me Out: Directed by Martine Chapuis, Concordia University
- Moving Reality: Directed by Daniel Alfaro, UArts
- Take Care: Directed by Scott Marvel, Chicago
- WSIM: Directed by Jennifer Hardy, Ontario College of Art and Design
- Parasol: Directed by Webster Crowell, Seattle
- Strangers Poem: Directed by Geer Dubois, University of Southern California
- Sugarcube: Directed by Sara Gunnarsdottir, Cal Arts
- Shaman: Luc Perez, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Die Kinder im Mond: Ursula Ulmi, HSLU, Switzerland
- Bird in my House, Angel in my Heart: Directed by Jimmy Calhoun, NYC
- Wall Pets: Directed by Eunice Kim, RISD
- A Men’s Life As It Should Be: Directed by Wojtkek Skowron, Germany
- 2008 People: Directed by AVDJ, NYC
- The Idiot Stinks: Directed by Helder Sun, CA
- The Ornament: Directed by Patrick Dorian, NYC
- Hunt: Directed by Yohei Ito and Kyoko Kitamura, Tokyo-NYC
- Butterface: Directed by Bob Ray, Texas
- You’re Outa Here: Directed by George Griffin, NYC
- Singles: Directed by Rebecca Sugar, School of Visual Arts
- Amber: David Essman, Chicago
- A Night with Nixon: Directed by Alex Cormack, Boston
- Gym Lesson: Directed by Hannes Rall, Germany
- Chicken Cowboy: Directed by Stephen Neary, NYU
- Pigeon Pilfer: Directed by Michael Stevenson: San Francisco University
- Tin Can Heart: Directed by Rod March, Australia
- No Naked: Directed by Caroline Foley, Cal Arts
- Devil Horns: Directed by Monica Garrison, Massachusetts College of Art
- Sweet Dreams: Directed by Kirsten Lepore, MICA
- Backwards: Directed by Aaron Hughes, NYC
- Fridge Tales: Directed by Tamar Feinkind and Ari Rubin, CA
- Bird Strike: Johannes Schiehsl, Film Akademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
- Attention to Detail: directed by Steve Madden, MA
- This Way Up: Smith and Foulkes, United Kingdom
Starting around 9:30 - 10pm will be a special Saturday night after party at the Fourth Avenue Pub located at 76 4th Avenue between featuring free Budweiser and is only for those with ABP-BAM Tickets.
ABP July 26th:
Animation Block Party closes on Sunday, July 26 at also at BAMcinématek, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Program Three will feature award winning independent shorts, studio animation and other standout works, while Program Four will mix global films with New York premieres and local animations.
- Enter The Sandbox: directed by Kevin R. Adams, Starz Animation
- Factoid Slapstick: directed by Doug Bayne and David Ritchie, Australia
- Flight Lessons: directed by Neil Helm, SCAD
- FOT: The Next Big Thing: directed by Alex Dron, New Zealand
- Eleven Roses: Pedram Goshtasbpour, Canada
- My Girlfriend Sleeps Like Superman: Steve Gentile, Boston
- Inner Tubes: Tim Beckhardt, RISD
- Douchey The Douchebag PSA: Steve Stark, Canada
- I’m So Proud of You: Don Hertzfeldt, CA
- Down to the Bone: Peter Ahern, Pratt
- Ruby Rocket: The Big Wind Up: Stacey Hallal and Sam Niemann, Portland
- Cat’s Meow: directed by Jorge Garcia, Ringling College of Art and Design
- Life on a Limb: David Chai, CA
- Duck Heart Teslacoil: directed by Tyler J. Kupferer, SCAD
- Reach: directed by Luke Randall, Australia
- The Peasant and the Root: directed by Brock Gallagher, Sheridan
- Randomosity: Jelisa Samuel, Mass Art
- Hold The Mustard: directed by Tammy Dubinsky, Vancouver Film School
- Oral Report: Daniella Urdinlaiz, Pratt
- Cod Swallop: The Brothers McLeod, United Kingdom
- The Lost Tribes of New York City: London Squared, NYC
- The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9: Jake Armstrong, School of Visual Arts
- Lui Lui in Amelica: Vera Lui, Uarts
- Topi: directed by Arjun Rihan, USC
- The Heart of Amos Klein: Uri Kranot and Michal Pfeffer, Israel
- Boris: directed by Dan Lundquist, Minnesota
- Crew 54: Nedelcho Bogdanov, Bulgaria
- Portrait: Irra Verbitsky, NYC
- Catharsis: Anders Michael Nielsen, National Film School of Denmark
The closing evening after party is at Habana Outpost at 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, featuring streaming videos, free Six Point Ale and delicious Habana corn and is only for those with ABP-BAM Tickets.
ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY 2009
JULY 24, 2009 - ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY AT ROOFTOP FILMS
Rethink Happiness - Directed by Choom, Canada
ABP commissioned "green" PSA from the winner of best student film at the 2008 festival.
ABP 2009 Intro - Directed by Ben Meinhardt, Canada
This summer's intro bumper.
Mother's Day - Directed by David Lobser, NYC
Birth, love, betrayal, redemption, deception and rebirth.
Puffer Girl - Directed by Joan C. Gratz, Portland
The perplexing adventures of a puffer fish who pushes the boundaries of her world.
Replacement Dog - Directed by Garrett Koeppicus, NYC
A girl in the big city realizes it's all happening.
Juxtaposed - Directed by Alex Wager, School of Visual Arts
A light bulb searches for his true Mom.
Milbe - Directed by Karl Tebbe, Germany
Gigantic house dust mites that threaten to destroy grandma Oma Grete's world.
Pigeon Interlude - Directed by Mike Hollingsworth, CA
Red Rabbit - Directed by Egmont Mayer, Film Akademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
A short about the horrible double life one leads while owning a giant rabbit.
Notebook Babies - Directed by Tony Dusko, PA
Southern Exposure - Directed by Susan Chien, Massachusetts College of Art
A young Chinese-American woman moves to a small rural town in the South.
Armadillo Interlude- Directed by Mike Hollingsworth, CA
Ergo - Directed by Geza M. Toth, Hungary
Two people search for harmony in different ways, tragic and uplifting.
Hazed - Directed by Matt Hammill, Guru Studio
A smoke-spewing factory discovers the toxic side effects of his existence.
Enter the Dragon - Directed by Robert DeJesus, NYC
A quickie Bruce Lee animation spoof.
Lotions 12 - Directed by Matt Lee, NYC
The gang returns for a Hollywood heist sequel with Clooney, Pitt and friends.
Craig T. Squirrel - Directed by Mike Hollingsworth, CA
Meet a squirrel that hates getting mistaken for famous actor Craig T. Nelson.
Cooking 420 with Chef Barry - Directed by Chelsea Manifold, NYC
In this brand new culinary cartoon, Chef Barry loses his oregano.
Mutt - Directed by Glen Hunwick, Australia
This is a tale about a dog and his owner Mac.
Horn Dog - Directed by Bill Plympton, NYC
A lonely pooch falls victim to a bad case of puppy love.
MFA Show - Directed by Rob Bohn, NYC
And it's just another university art show at the Soho gallery.
Jeremy! - Directed by Mooshe Nickerson, Savannah College of Art and Design
A short documentary about gender politics, marking the idiosyncrasies of tween girls.
La Nostalgia del Sr. Alambre - Directed by Jonathan Ostos Yaber, Mexico City
A shadow puppet artist will find out what fame is all about.
JULY 25, 2009 - ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY AT BAM – PROGRAM ONE
X-Mess Detritus – Directed by Voltaire, NYC
A dark look at gift-giving and the negative effect it has on the Earth in this parable.
The Dragon's Claw – Directed by Robert Bruce, NYC
Justice of the Unicorns exposes the horror behind the world's gadgetry in this music vid.
The Sylpphid – Directed by Dorte Bengtson, National Film School of Denmark
A quirky family fable where everything must fit in with social norms or behaviors.
Alice's Attic – Directed by Robyn Yannoukos, UCLA
A character is forced to submit to change through suffering and pain.
Here Come The Guns – Directed by Greg Condon, NYC
Flipbook style animation eye candy.
Let Me Out – Directed by Martine Chapuis, Concordia University
A selfish girl is trap in the trunk of a particular tree.
Moving Reality – Directed by Daniel Alfaro, UArts
A splash sets off a chain of diverse animation, expressing different forms of imagination.
Take Care – Directed by Scott Marvel, Chicago
A bean is featured in this surreal day in the life.
WSIM – Directed by Jennifer Hardy, Ontario College of Art and Design
What suffered inside me… hidden depression can be invisible to others.
Parasol – Directed by Webster Crowell, Seattle
A short film about bikes, dancing and speed, drawn on a few thousand-paper parasols.
Strangers Poem – Directed by Geer Dubois, University of Southern California
Do we know each other?
Sugarcube – Directed by Sara Gunnarsdottir, Cal Arts
Sugarcube is a small story about growing up, facing the complications of adulthood.
Shaman – Directed by Luc Perez, Copenhagen, Denmark
A playful tale of the magic forces of nature in Inuit culture.
Die Kinder im Mond – Directed by Ursula Ulmi, HSLU, Switzerland
A couple children sleep cosily inside the Moon. One day they awake…
Bird in my House, Angel in my Heart – Directed by Jimmy Calhoun, NYC
The lovely flight of a bird through my home and my heart.
Wall Pets – Directed by Eunice Kim, Rhode Island School of Design
"blob + tail = goldfish."
A Man's Life As It Should Be – Directed by Wojtkek Skowron, Germany
A surreal short satire.
2008 People – Directed by AVDJ, NYC
Trippy music video 8-bit collaboration between AVDJ and Jess Bottles.
The Idiot Stinks – Directed by Helder Sun, CA
Animation Angst. Media, Martians and Miscommunication.
The Ornament – Directed by Patrick Dorian, NYC
A strange ornament is designed in this dark stop motion short.
Hunt – Directed by Yohei Ito and Kyoko Kitamura, Tokyo-Brooklyn
A unique animation collaboration featuring experimental avant/pop music.
JULY 25, 2009 - ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY AT BAM – PROGRAM TWO:
Butterface – Directed by Bob Ray, Texas
The definition of the word from an ape and his pals.
You're Outta Here – Directed by George Griffin, NYC
A spunky descendant of Betty Boop tells her no-good boyfriend to hit the road.
Singles – Directed by Rebecca Sugar, School of Visual Arts
A good sandwich always needs American cheese.
Amber – Directed by David Essman, Chicago
Amber's parents finally say no when she asks for a life sized robotic unicorn.
A Night with Nixon – Directed by Alex Cormack, Boston
A lovely date with the famed ex-president.
Gym Lesson – Directed by Hannes Rall, Germany
A chubby little boy faces the nightmare of his life: The gym lesson!
Chicken Cowboy – Directed by Stephen Neary, New York University
Shelly the chicken wasn't looking for a fight, but he found one.
Pigeon Pilfer – Directed by Michael Stevenson – San Francisco University
The stares of pigeons torment a man as he attempts to enjoy a corndog.
Tin Can Heart – Directed by Rod March, Australia
A lonely tin Puppy is looking for a master to love and serve, but is it worth the cost?
No Naked – Directed by Caroline Foley, Cal Arts
Getting naked is fun! ... That is, until the No Naked Horse shows up...
Devil Horns – Directed by Monica Garrison, Massachusetts College of Art
A personal narrative of childhood stories and memories.
Sweet Dreams – Directed by Kirsten Lepore, Maryland Institute College of Art
Backwards – Directed by Aaron Hughes, NYC
A love story so backwards it has to be told in reverse.
Fridge Tales – Directed by Tamar Feinkind and Ari Rubin, CA
When a nervous juice carton reaches his expiration date.
Bird Strike – Johannes Schiehsl, Film Akademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
A mid-air collision of airplanes and birds, who gets the smaller end of the stick?
Attention to Detail – Directed by Steve Madden, MA
A few friends talk about what to wear.
This Way Up – Directed by Smith and Foulkes, United Kingdom
Laying the dead to rest has never been so much trouble.
JULY 26, 2009 - ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY AT BAM – PROGRAM THREE
Enter The Sandbox – Directed by Kevin R. Adams, Toronto
An argument between two toddlers spirals into an over the top kung fu dispute.
Factoid Slapstick – Directed by Doug Bayne and David Ritchie, Australia
If it's on the internet, it must be true, especially if it's history.
Flight Lessons – Directed by Neil Helm, Savannah College of Art and Design
An airline captain describes the intricacy of modern aviation to an unexpected listener.
FOT: The Next Big Thing – Directed by Alex Dron, New Zealand
Following the 'Big game', FOT reinforces his awesomeness to all concerned.
E1even Roses – Directed by Pedram Goshtasbpour, Canada
October 1929, a small town love triangle propels passionate activities.
My Girlfriend Sleeps Like Superman – Directed by Steve Gentile, Boston
Where romance and insomnia intersect.
Inner Tubes – Tim Beckhardt, Rhode Island School of Design
A frank look at tube-hole relationships.
Douchey The Douchebag PSA – Steve Stark, Canada
Douchey teaches children all about the dangers of J-walking.
I'm So Proud of You – Don Hertzfeldt, CA
Dark family secrets cast a shadow over Bill's recovery.
Down to the Bone – Peter Ahern, Pratt
Little Michael has vicious allergy attacks thanks to his babysitter Meredith.
Ruby Rocket: The Big Wind Up – Stacey Hallal and Sam Niemann, Portland
Unsolved mysteries are just part of this sleuth's day.
Cat's Meow – directed by Jorge Garcia, Ringling College of Art and Design
Struggling over a hat, a cat and her owner try to show each other who is really the boss.
Life on a Limb – David Chai, CA
Irreconcilable enemies, a tree and a lumberjack, are stuck in a waiting room together.
Duck Heart Teslacoil – Directed by Tyler J. Kupferer, SCAD
A duck deals with a bus stop bully through the use of high voltage weaponry.
Reach – directed by Luke Randall, Australia
A tiny robot is given the gift of life with only one limitation, the length of his power cable.
JULY 26, 2009 - ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY AT BAM – PROGRAM FOUR:
The Peasant and the Root – directed by Brock Gallagher, Sheridan College
A peasant discovers the amazing power granted by the Mandrake Root.
Randomosity – Jelisa Samuel, Mass Art
Random connections through art and montage.
Hold The Mustard – directed by Tammy Dubinsky, Vancouver Film School
When a bear's hot dog is stolen, he engages in a chase through the city to get it back.
Oral Report – Daniella Urdinlaiz, Pratt
A gay redneck falls in love with his Mexican gardener.
Cod Swallop – The Brothers McLeod, United Kingdom
A a collection of surreal characters at crucial moments in their postcard stories.
The Lost Tribes of New York City – London Squared, NYC
Urban Anthropologists, interview some of New York City's more overlooked citizens.
The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9 – Jake Armstrong, School of Visual Arts
A sci-fi comedy about a space beast and the astronaut that wants to kill it.
Lui Lui in America – Vera Lui, UArts
A panda explores Amelica where polar, brown and black bears reside.
Topi – directed by Arjun Rihan, University of Southern California
India circa 1947, a young Hindu boy has a chance encounter with a stranger.
The Heart of Amos Klein – Uri Kranot and Michal Pfeffer, Israel
Amos Klein's past unfolds, using historic landmarks in Israeli culture.
Boris – directed by Dan Lundquist, Minnesota
Boris is a story about a man who overcomes extreme odds to do what he loves… drum.
Crew 54 – Nedelcho Bogdanov, Bulgaria
Four friends go to war in this story of the power behind real friendship.
Portrait – Irra Verbitsky, NYC
A retelling of how a Stalin purge in the Ukraine saved the life of the filmmaker's father.
Catharsis – Anders Michael Nielsen, National Film School of Denmark
In a purgatory world, a little girl embarks on a fateful journey to find her mother.