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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 PAPERs 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.