Legendary Animator Ralph Bakshi Comes To Winnipeg For Plastic Paper 2011!
PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG’S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM is an international festival that takes place May 4 – 7, 2011 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada. The festival is one component of the year-round organizational activities of the Big Smash! Film Collective. PLASTIC PAPER’s programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films and features with special guests, workshops, multi-media presentations, installations and exhibits, artist talks, and gatherings where the artists and the audience can interact more informally.
Special guests for the 2011 edition will include animation legend RALPH BAKSHI (Fritz the Cat, Lord of the Rings), who will be appearing in person to present his film American Pop and to give an artist talk at the opening vernissage for his visual arts exhibit THE STREETS at RAW Gallery, and Montréal underground cartoonist RICK TREMBLES, who will present his Motion Picture Purgatory: De-Censortized expanded cinema show at our main venue, The Park Theatre.
Other treats in this year’s lineup include the animated documentary AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY, Brent Green’s elegiac stop-motion feature GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN, a retrospective of the psychedelic short films of Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami, Mathieu Weschler’s feature-length machinima THE TRASHMASTER (made completely using source images from Grand Theft Auto 4), Albert Birney + Jon Moses’ musical stop-motion oddity THE BEAST PAGEANT and CODE IN MOTION, a short film program showcasing early computer animation, curated by Clint Enns. Plastic Paper is also honoured to be presenting the Manitoba première of THE FLORESTINE COLLECTION, the last film by animator Helen Hill, which was completed posthumously by her husband Paul Galiunas.
Full Programming for PLASTIC PAPER 2011 will be announced here on April 1, 2011, with printed schedules to follow shortly thereafter.