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2012 Wisconsin Film Festival: Friday

Posted by Erik W on Apr 20, 2012 11:59 PM

An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt

If you don't know who Don Hertzfelt is, he made the famous "Rejected" cartoon (think: "My spoon is too big!"). At an evening with Don Hertfeldt, we saw a couple of old favorites: "BIlly's Balloon", "Intermission in 3D", and "Wisdom Teeth".

BUT the main event was the showing of his Billy trilogy: "Everything will be OK", "I Am So Proud of You", and "It's Such a Beautiful Day". He had been working on it for somewhere around 12 years, but it was worth it. It was an incredibly funny, moving, and deep animation dealing with death, dying, and disease. It was probably one of the best things I've seen, and can't wait until the whole trilogy to come out on DVD. You can watch the first third online. It might not make sense, but wait until the DVD comes out... it all comes together in the final third.

Afterwards he came onstage to answer a few questions. I had to duck out early to go to the next film (which I regret), but it was interesting to see him (I thought he was a lot older and fatter), and to hear him talk about his technique and lack of desire to do any commercial animation work.

don hertzfeldt interview

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Klown (Klovn: The Movie)

This was a full length movie surrounding around the danish TV show "Klovn". It was about a character named Frank, forced to take care of his young nephew Bo when he's supposed to be taking a "canoe trip" with friends to get high and seek out women. He ultimately makes the bad decision to bring Bo along, and the movie is about the awkwardness that ensues. A little too much "slapstick" humor for my tastes.

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