A Town Called Panic (France, Animated 2009) Directors: Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Very odd and entertaining animation from France. Crudely, but artfully, done using toy figures. A loony plot about a cowboy and Indian who live with a horse and want to build him a barbecue for his birthday. They order 50 million bricks by mistake, and the result is a catastrophe for the village. Cowboy and Indian then try to fix things up and embark on a journey that takes them under the sea to try to retrieve horse’s walls which have been stolen by...
Dmae Roberts talks with Jessica Morrell about The Writing Life. This prolific writer and teacher shares her thoughts on writing through adversity and offers insights into the craft of writing. Morrell gives advice on how to construct a great story into a publishable work as well as how to handle rejection and struggle through adversity. Morrell also reads from a new work she's wrote while recovering a serious traffic accident. Find out about the workshops she's offering.
Oscar-Nominated Short Films Various directors. By definition a mixed bag, this group of shorts is almost unfairly constituted. How can one compare a film about a victim of Chernobyl with Nick Park’s latest Wallis & Gromit? It can’t do justice to either to have them competing. First, as a passionate Wallis & Gromit fan, I ran out to buy the DVD of A Matter of Loaf and Death the day it came out last year. I was first put off by the fact that it was only a half-hour or so long. What a grump. But, then, I just thought it was inferior work.