Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: Tell Me Is It True

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: Tell Me Is It True

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Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: Tell Me Is It True

Total Running Time: 87 MIN

Truth is something to be savored, taken advantage of, feared, investigated, sought after, treasured, hidden away, uncovered, and faced head-on in this incredible program of the best, most striking, and unquestionably original new animated works to cross our paths this year. Welcome to Animated Shorts, 2022 style!



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Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

Local Middle Schooler

Directed by: Sanjna Bharadwaj

USA, 2021, 11m

California Institute of the Arts proudly kicks off this year’s festivities with this funny and eccentric short about a young teenage girl who discovers her eyelashes have magical powers, and quickly becomes a commodity to be exploited by, literally, everyone.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

Tennis Ball on His Day Off

Directed by: Julian Glander

USA, 2022, 3m

While leaving a voicemail to his grandma, a tennis ball questions a lot of his life choices and struggles to find his place in the world.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

My Parent, Neal

Directed by: Hannah Saidiner

USA, 2021, 8m

In this sweet documentary rendered in a watercolor visual style, the director interviews her parent about coming out as transgender, the process of transitioning, and what it has meant for their relationship.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

Life is a Particle Time is a Wave

Directed by: Daniel Zvereff

USA, 2022, 10m

In this uniquely hand-drawn, black & white, silent drama, an elderly widowed watchmaker spends his remaining days in solitude, distracting himself with routine chores and hobbies as he looks for meaning in the memories of his past.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

Launch

Directed by: Leah Shore

USA, 2021, 3m

Midnight favorite Leah Shore (“Don’t Touch Your Face,” FFF 2021; “Horses,” FFF 2017) is back with this bonkers work about scientists using the mirrors that were left on the moon to conduct experiments, yielding unexpected and terrifying results.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

Soft Animals

Directed by: Renee Zhan

USA/UK, 2021, 3m

Two ex-lovers cross paths in a train station, and as they converse, their small talk is punctuated by imagery from their past sexual and psychological history in spectacular ways. The latest extraordinary multi-media work from the director of “Reneepoptosis” (FFF 2019).

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

People Person

Directed by: Rymalena

USA, 2021, 14m

Desperate to escape her reality, a young woman uses technology to immerse herself in her own subconscious through a myriad of virtual personas. A gorgeous piece of sci-fi, originally shot live-action, then rotoscoped, giving the story a hypnotic and dream-like quality.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

Still Life

Directed by: Conner Griffith

USA, 2021, 7m

In this experimental, black & white, non-narrative work, over 1000 engravings from the 18th and 19th century are utilized to create visual poetry and become a meditation on objectivity and meaning.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

TRICHOTILLOMANIA!

Directed by: Kelly Schiesswohl

USA, 2021, 4m

The filmmaker tries to process her own bizarre struggle with a hair pulling disorder, getting progressively more freaked out as she begins a Google-search-gone-wrong.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

7LBS 8OZ

Directed by: Yoo Lee

USA, 2022, 7m

When a young mom with a newborn baby moves onto the 8th Street block in Jersey City, NJ, she learns the value of community and how looks can be deceiving. A stop motion, clay-mation love letter to a neighborhood.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

My One Minute Memoir (Dreams of a Fallen Astronaut)

Directed by: Chel White

USA, 2021, 2m

Award-winning multi-FFF alumnus Chel White (“Little Donnie, The Ten Inch Terror,” FFF 2018) returns with this short reevaluation of his childhood obsessions with astronauts and Jacques Cousteau. A fleeting and sardonic autobiographical work that combines direct xerography animation, stop motion, live action, and CGI.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

fulcrum

Directed by: Timothy David Orme

USA, 2021, 8m

In this stunning and meditative experimental work, a young woman in a boat is rowing through space, self, and consciousness, as the math of the universe unfolds.

Shorts #5: Animated Shorts: "Tell Me Is It True"

Oldboy’s Apples

Directed by: Brad Hock

USA, 2021, 7m

Beyond the hedge, beneath the well, ancient spirits sing their song to reawaken the mystery of the hidden apple. Nearly three years in the making, this is a transfixing and hallucinogenic stop motion portal to another realm. David Lynch would love this!

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