Animation in every style and from every galaxy come together in this fantastical trip through thrift stores, the holocaust, the airport, and the legend of the four transgender spirits of Waikiki Beach. Dial up a tasty snack, buckle up your couch-belt and prepare to be informed, infested, and entertained by the wild minds of these eight animators.
Grace Kim, Ty Lance West
An experimental drop into the whimsical world of the Atlanta airport, as seen through an Alien girls’ eyes.
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.
C. Lily Ericsson, Cheri Gaulke, Samara Hutman, Liran Kapel
When a young girl preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ritual, befriends a Holocaust survivor elder both lives are changed forever as they journey from darkness to healing through the power of art. Adapted from the short story, Trudie’s Goose, by Maya Savin Miller. Based on the life and art of Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel. Produced by artist mentors in The Righteous Conversations Project, a collaboration of Holocaust survivors and teens.
A man waits for a continuously delayed train.
Emily Ann Hoffman
A woman copes with bad therapy, heartbreak and blackheads.
A 13-Minute, 8-Song Animated Odyssey
Speculating about the birth of Rock and Roll and the best curl pattern. This film explores Black queer identity and self acceptance as a pathway to personal utopia. Origin of Hair culls from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s legacy as a Black queer woman in the 50s and 60s claiming power through musical invention and radical self-love.
Justin Lacy, J. Noel Sullivan
Plants are illegal. Not enough water. However, on the train to the Isle of Plastic, two young wards of the state sneak in some gardening. Practical effects, cardboard props, and stop-motion animation make for a playful, yet ominous world, choreographed to Justin Lacy’s “I Don’t Need Another.”