Rhode Island Film Fest shows off animated short

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Rhode Island Film Festival

Rhode Island Film Festival

The Rhode Island Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val hosts an unfor­get­table show­case from across the globe in “Where Dreams Are Born,” a two-hour col­lec­tion of ani­mated shorts from Britain, Spain, Aus­tralia, Ger­many and the United States.

Nine ani­mated films will be seen this Sat­ur­day, August 11 at The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts in Prov­i­dence. Show­time is 2:15 p.m.

Here’s what will be screened:

The Hunter (6 min.; dir. Marieka Walsh; Aus­tralia, 2012)
New Eng­land Pre­miere
A boy goes miss­ing in the snow cov­ered wilder­ness, feared taken by wolves. A hunter under­takes a jour­ney to find the boy; dead or alive. As the hunter tracks the boy into the moun­tains, he dis­cov­ers that his instincts can no longer be trusted. Here, far from civ­i­liza­tion he must make deci­sions that will for­ever change his rela­tion­ship with the wilder­ness he has always feared. The Hunter is a haunt­ing stop-motion sand ani­ma­tion by emerg­ing direc­tor Marieka Walsh.

The Boy In The Bub­ble (8 min.; dir. Kealan O’Rourke; Ire­land, 2012)
Rupert, a 10-year-old boy, falls hope­lessly in love for the first time. When it all goes ter­ri­bly wrong, he wishes never to expe­ri­ence heartache again. Turn­ing to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emo­tion forever.

A Tooth Tale (6 min.; dir. Ron Fleis­cher; U.S.A., 2012)
World Pre­miere
This tra­di­tion­ally ani­mated short tells the story of Tommy Mal­loy, a 6-year old boy who loses his first tooth. When he learns that the Tooth Fairy will give him money for it, he hatches a plot to trap and shake her down for all her loot. The rhyming dia­logue and art direc­tion pay homage to the car­toons of the 1950s and 1960s.

Cadaver (7 min.; dir. Jonah D. Ansell; U.S.A., 2012)
The whim­si­cal story of a shy, first-year med stu­dent (Tavi Gevin­son) whose scalpel cut sparks a cadaver (Christo­pher Lloyd) back to life. When he begs her to take him on a jour­ney to say a last good­bye to his wife, they sneak out of the lab and embark on a road trip, only to dis­cover a truth in death tha tthe cadaver didn’t know in life.

The Man With The Stolen Heart (7 min.; dir. Char­lotte Boulay-Goldsmith; United King­dom, 2011)
A sur­real tale about a man who wakes up one day, only to dis­cover that his heart has left. This forces him on a jour­ney of self-discovery as he tries to find his heart.

The Mon­ster of Nix (30 min.; dir. Rosto; Belgium/France/Netherlands, 2011)
Life is good in the idyl­lic fairy­tale vil­lage of Nix… until an all-devouring mon­ster appears. Young Willy has to fight it. Alone.

Jamón (Ham) (8 min.; dir. Iria Lopez; United King­dom, 2012)
North Amer­i­can Pre­miere
Jose is a teenage pig liv­ing in a Span­ish town, and he is the only pig in his fam­ily. One day a new neigh­bor moves in next door, and Jose starts to come to terms with who he really is.

Ris­ing Hope (10 min.; dir. Milen Vitanov; Ger­many, 2012)
New Eng­land Pre­miere
All know the way, but few actu­ally walk it. Ris­ing Hope, once the fastest horse in the world, dares to be one of the few.

SNAP (6 min.; dir. Thomas G. Mur­phy; Belgium/United King­dom, 2012)
East Coast Pre­miere
The Water Hag­gis live an idyl­lic life in their beau­ti­ful under­wa­ter cav­ern. Sadly, for a young Hag­gis called Snap, life isn’t so idyl­lic. But when he meets a cool frog called Fred­die, Snap makes an unlikely new friend. Together they show that some­times you to have to think dif­fer­ently to solve a prob­lem and to beat the bul­lies… smarts are always gonna be bet­ter than brawn.

The Rhode Island Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val takes place from Tues­day, August 7 to Sun­day, August 12. For ticket infor­ma­tion, visit www.film-festival.org/ticketspasses.php.

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