Lumerance
Lumerance
Quick and Dirty
Quick and Dirty
Rock Stories as told by Matt Pinfield: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rock Stories as told by Matt Pinfield: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Animation Now! Indie LA 

Los Angeles plays itself in this bracing compilation of animated shorts by the city’s best independent practitioners of the form.

66 minutes
M (violence, offensive language and sex scenes)

It took more than two years’ research, interviews with almost 100 animators and a careful weighing of almost 1,000 films to pull together this rendering of the independent animation scene in the City of Angels. Weaving through the highways and byways of this gargantuan animation machine is a soul train of animators who – in roughly equal measure – live off, beside and despite the giants they share their canyon with. — MT

By the Name of Boston 2015

2 minutes

Director

William Boston (who’s never been to Boston) lives in the desert, caring only for the finer things and his friend Chester the scorpion. Grant Kolton finds the visual equivalent of his fast-talking, endlessly punning tale of a nobody.

Hyena 2015

3 minutes

Director

Clown, gorilla, maniac, zombie duck: a gleeful blast of screaming satanic menace.

Cat Bird Coyote 2015

3 minutes

Director

Freedom’s benefits are not always black and white, even if they look that way. Sometimes a cage actually keeps the dangers out.

Business Hours: Life and Death of a Bureaucrat 2015

7 minutes

‘The bureaucrat is eternal’. That should not immunise him from the messy grasp of the social apocalypse, though he does appear to be oblivious in this brash and gratifying satire.

Rock Stories as told by Matt Pinfield: Red Hot Chili Peppers 2013

1 minutes

Director

Pumping MTV-commissioned rock lore.

Heart-Ache 2014

5 minutes

Director

The big city, with all its shadows and false sirens, offers a desolate inspiration for one poor sod’s dreams.

Katie Gately – ‘Pivot’ 2014

3 minutes

Director

Louis Morton’s eerie, drifting visualisation of Katie Gately’s entrancing ‘Pivot’ intertwines twigs and infinitely long, reaching arms.

Quick and Dirty 2014

3 minutes

Director

A fast and loose animated journey of randomly accumulated imagery reconceived by a small army of animators at play.

Can We Be Happy Now 2012

3 minutes

Director

Beneath the line all is grey, stifled and vulnerable, and there walks our dull man. Above lies a world of colour and a life of possibilities. Will he, can he tangle with that line?

Nighthawk 2015

8 minutes

Director

With a nod to the noir classics, the private eye hits the streets looking for a killer who works in the light and hides in the shadows.

Eager 2014

9 minutes

Director

An atmospheric banshee-chic epic that pushes the limits of what can be achieved with plasticine and perseverance.

Out the Monster 2015

1 minutes

Director

Another gloating memento mori from the Hyena guy.

Insect Bite 2015

2 minutes

A terrifying vision of viral attack brilliantly animated in the style of a child’s pencil-drawn nightmares.

The Seafarer and the Moonlight 2015

3 minutes

Director

What looks like a classic, paper cut-out tale of man vs behemoth, the power of the ocean and watery graves aplenty.

Lumerance 2012

4 minutes

Director

A dreamlike piece of animation-inflected multimedia art from one of the rising stars of the form.

Panic Attack! 2016

3 minutes

Director

The internalised journey from wondering if the coffee machine was left on to sharing a cell with the Manson girls can be a short one indeed.

B Minor 2015

6 minutes

Director

A dazzling geometric blitz.