We saw the animation program last night and it was probably the overall strongest program. Every film was good and a number were better than that. I also knew nothing about what I was going to see - except for Ronald Gottlieb - which meant everything was a total surprise.
One of the film makers there was Sean McCarthy with a 6 minute video that he and many, many friends have been working on for several years. It was quite elaborate with the key character going into different picture frames in a gallery and interacting with the pictures. Here's Sean briefly talking about it after the showing last night. But this is the kind of thing you can't talk about very helpfully, you have to just see it. I tried to link it in the video, but I couldn't figure out how to link it to something outside of YouTube.
Here's a link to the video on his website. I had trouble getting it to work. I'm crediting that to my slow internet connection.
And for the record, we saw Come To My Voice this morning. A strong feature about a Kurdish village where an informer has said they had guns. But the Turkish soldiers can't find any. So they take the men and tell the women and the mayor that when they turn in the guns, they'll release the men. The film focuses on the mother of one of the men and her granddaughter as they go about trying to free their son/father. This is the kind of pictures we should see more of, to give a sense of words we hear on the news all the time, like 'Kurds.' By the way, the mountain scenery was beautiful.
[For people interested in the technical stuff - there are black borders on this video because the new iMovie has a wider screen for the videos and since I'm pretty close to my subjects, it cuts too much out. So I need to see if I can adjust my camera to to use a different aspect ratio.]