THE NEW ENGLAND ANIMATION BASH 2005
The Boston area's new animation festival

Friday, August 12 - Monday, August 15

NEAB Competition Show Winner 8/17/05
The Brattle and Coolidge Corner Theatres are pleased to announce the winner of this year's Audience Award is Ian Stewart's CRAZY EYES DOLPHIN VS. MAD COWS. Congratulations Ian and thank you to all who participated!

It's baaaaack! The Coolidge and the Brattle team up again to present a film festival unlike any other in the Boston area. THE NEW ENGLAND ANIMATION BASH is dedicated to exploring the full range of animated films: from gross-out midnite fare to avant-garde explorations to family friendly international features. The centerpiece of the festival is a Competition Program of films programmed by Ned Hinkle of the Brattle and Clinton McClung of the Coolidge with you, the audience member, deciding who gets to take home the (soon-to-be) coveted NEAB Audience Award. The schedule for this year's festival is available below:

 

S C R E E N I N G    S C H E D U L E

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
at the Brattle Theatre
7:30 - COMPETITION SHOW
9:30 - THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLIER DAYS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
at the Brattle Theatre
2:00 - Dennis Nyback Presents GUMBY SUPERSTAR!
4:30 - Dennis Nyback Presents CORPORATE CARTOONS
7:00 - AN EVENING WITH EMILY HUBLEY
10:00 - RISD SPOTLIGHT

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
at the Brattle Theatre
2:30 - THE IRON GIANT
5:00 - RISD SPOTLIGHT
7:30 - COMPETITION SHOW
9:30 - AVOID EYE CONTACT 2

MONDAY, AUGUST 15
at the Brattle Theatre
5:30 - COMPETITION SHOW
7:30 - THE IRON GIANT
10:00 - THE IRON GIANT

 

P R O G R A M    D E S C R I P T I O N S

THE NEW ENGLAND ANIMATION BASH COMPETITION SHOW
Friday 7:30, Brattle
Saturday 9:30, Coolidge
Sunday 2:30, Coolidge
& 7:30, Brattle
Monday 5:30, Brattle

Features new animated shorts from right here in our own backyard to halfway around the world. Personally selected from submissions gathered by the programmers from the Brattle and Coolidge Corner Theatres, these premiere shorts vary from cell animation to computer and stop motion animation, from humorous gags to thoughtful meditations. Viewers of this special competition program will vote for their favorite - which will receive the New England Animation Bash Audience Award to be announced on the final evening of the festival.

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Preview Screening!
THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLIER DAYS
Friday 9:30, Brattle

In an alternate history of the aftermath of World War II, Japan has been cleaved in half, with the south allied with the United States and the northern island Hokkaido annexed by the enigmatic Union. It was on Hokkaido that a mysterious tower had been built, a strand of metal reaching up out of the atmosphere, visible even from the south. In 1996, three teenagers, Hiroki, Takuya and Sayuri, make a pact - they will build an experimental aircraft, almost invisible to surveillance, cross over to Hokkaido and unlock the secrets of the tower. Their dream was never realized, because Sayuri was sent to Tokyo for treatment after she fell into a coma. It is now three years later. The rosy illusions of youth have fallen away, but not the unbreakable strength of the trio's promise. The truth of the tower will be uncovered, and with it, the link between it and Sayuri's mysterious, carefully tended condition.

Director Makoto Shinkai is being haled as an important new talent in Japanese animation. He crafted his magnificent debut short, VOICES OF A DISTANT STAR, almost entirely alone and earned major accolades for it. His breathtaking follow-up, the feature-length THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS is a lush, patient science-fiction tale of love, trust, secrecy and the deep human thirst for truth and knowledge executed with exquisite precision and taste. It had its theatrical run in Tokyo extended not once but twice, and furthermore earned the prestigious title of Best Animated Film at the 59th Mainichi Film Awards, beating out no less than Otomo's Steamboy and the latest from Hayao Miyazake!

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AN EVENING WITH EMILY HUBLEY
Saturday 7:00, Brattle
Tickets for this event are $10

Animator Emily Hubley's personal short films have been exhibited around the world, and her work has been included to striking use in the films HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH and BLUE VINYL. Recently Emily received one of the first Annenberg grants from the Sundance Institute in support of "The Toe Tactic," her first feature film which will combine animation and live action. She joins us in person to present works from the archives of the Hubley family, including many collaborations with her musician sister Georgia (Yo La Tengo), and Academy Award winning parents John and Faith Hubley - whose films were greatly influenced by their children. The evening is a remarkable exploration of this innovative "animated" family.

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DENNIS NYBACK PRESENTS

Film archivist Dennis Nyback has traveled the globe creating exciting film programs from his collection of thousands of early films, from jazz to soundies to educational films and a massive collection of rare, forgotten, forbidden, and amazing short films. He joins us in person with a collection of some of his favorite and rarely seen animated programs.

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OFFENSIVE ANIMATION
Friday midnite, Coolidge

There was a time when ethnic humor was a staple of popular entertainment, with dialect comedians on every Vaudeville bill, and race being a staple of many gags. In these politically correct times we try to ignore that America was once a much less sensitive place, but these cartoons from the 1930's and 1940's are an eye-opening reflection of the times in which they were made. Remember, this was the American mainstream, and this show is an equal opportunity offender, featuring beloved cartoon characters making fun of blacks, Arabs, Chinese, Japanese, women, and a whole bunch of others.

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GUMBY SUPERSTAR!
Saturday 2:00, Brattle

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of Gumby, here's a show filled with some of his greatest shorts. The 1950's Gumby claymation series has always startled and amazed with its imaginative plots and characterizations. The playful worlds (and moods) created by the steady artistry of Art Clokey (Gumby's creator) continue to mesmerize the youthful hearts and minds of millions. Forget TV, now on the BIG screen you can see Gumby Racer, The Magic Marbles, Gumby's Christmas, The Magic Wand and other original Gumby cartoons.

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CORPORATE CARTOONS
Saturday 4:30, Brattle

Artistic exercise meets shameless hucksterism! The very rarest animation are those cartoons made not for movie theaters but for industrial promotion. Of course they wanted to entertain, but they also had a product to sell. This program will include DOOMSDAY FOR PESTS, a fabulous Jerry Fairbanks production from 1952 promoting paint laced with DDT; HAPPY LITTLE BLUEBIRD VALLEY a wonderful 1958 pro-electrical power film showing how dams will actually make the birds and wildlife happy; MAN ON THE LAND, a film made by UPA (Gerald Mcboing Boing, Mr.Magoo, etc) showing the wonderful benefits of petroleum and extolling the unlimited quantities and great future of low prices; and a couple of dozen animated TV commercials from the fifties and sixties.

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CARTOONS TOO VIOLENT FOR CHILDREN
Saturday midnite, Coolidge

Back in the 1930s and 1940's, with the hardships of the depression and the world at war, violence was close at hand to movie goers. Cartoons of the time gleefully celebrated the sort of violent mayhem that is considered "too extreme" today. Work by giants of animation like Tex Avery, Walt Disney, Max Fleischer, and Walter Lantz are celebrated in this show of other-the-top violent toons, the ones we grew up with, but which will probably never again be shown to kids.

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AVOID EYE CONTACT 2: THE BEST OF NYC INDEPENDENT ANIMATION
Friday 9:30, Coolidge
Sunday 9:30, Brattle

This over-the-top mix of hilarious animated shorts features internationally acclaimed films from New York City based animators. Program includes new works from Bill Plympton, Patrick Smith, Mike Overbeck, PES, John Dilworth, Signe Baumane, Fran Krause, and Nina Paley. www.squarefootagefilms.com

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RISD SPOTLIGHT
Saturday 10:00, Brattle
Sunday 5:00, Brattle

Many of the best and the brightest animators in New England lurk within the halls of The Rhode Island School of Art and Design. This program features recent award-winning works curated by Bryan Papciak.

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PICK A WINNER
Sunday 7:30, Coolidge

Rhode Island's art-damaged noise experts Load Records present a stunning collection of 17 animated videos set to music from avant garde bands like Lightning bolt, Neon Hunk, Wolf Eyes, and Forcefield. These shorts feature colors so bright and images so eclectic - puppetry, hallucinogenic special effects, homemade animation, hand-drawn cartoons, creepy home movies, and primitive old-school computer graphics - they will make your eyes melt and your brain bleed.

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THE IRON GIANT
Sunday 2:30, Brattle
Monday 7:30, 10:00, Brattle

From Brad Bird, the director of THE INCREDIBLES, comes this fantastic retro sci-fi animated tale based on the popular children's book by Ted Hughes. When a young boy finds a giant - and we do mean GIANT - robot who falls from the sky smack into the middle of small town 50s America, he must hide it from his mom with the help of the local scrap-yard beatnik. But you can't keep a good robot (with lots of cool gadgets) a secret for long, and soon everyone from the neighbors to the government are trying to catch the Iron Giant (voiced, by the way, by fellow giant Vin Diesel). With no songs, no side kicks, and no cheap ending, this outstanding first film from Bird (previously known for his work on The Simpsons and the Tim Burton series Family Dog) is a breath of fresh air in today's animation world!

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