Film Forum in New York will premiere ‘CARTOONS: No Laughing Matter?,’ a feature-length program of eight new animated films, on Wednesday, May 10. The selection of highly idiosyncratic, adult-oriented shorts will include JJ Villard’s Son of Satan, an adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s story of raw teenage gang violence, and Suzie Templeton’s award-winning Dog, a meditation on death with a sensibility that has been compared to ‘Edvard Munch on one of his darker days.’
Other shorts in the line up include Lisa Crafts’s Flooded Playground, an elegant, baroque nightmare based on childhood fears; George Griffin’s It Pains Me To Say This, in which a man and a woman reminisce into a cacophony of hostility, guilt, vengeance and redemption; Andy and Carolyn London’s The Back Brace, which aims to find hilarity in disability; Suzan Pitt’s El Docto, a beautiful and bizarre geriatric Mexican fantasy; Chris Shepherd and David Shrigley’s Who I Am and What I Want, a wacky frenzy of existential confusion; and Debra Solomon’s Everybody’s Pregnant, which sets the trauma of infertility to sprightly bubblegum music of her own composition.
Film Forum is located on West Houston Street (West of 6th Avenue), in New York City. ‘CARTOONS: No Laughing Matter?’ will run through May 23 with daily screenings at 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p .m. Animators Crafts, Griffin, Pitt, Solomon and the Londons will be on hand for a Q&A session on May 10 after the 8 p.m. show. The entire program will run 87 minutes.