Indie distributor A Million Movies a Minute is bringing a unique collection of short animated documentaries to DVD as Animating Reality: A Collection of Short Documentaries.
The collection includes 13 award-winning shorts from around the globe that use a broad spectrum of animation techniques from stop-motion to collage to rotoscoping.
The trailer gives a great sense of the breadth of this collection:
The film included on the disc are:
- Yoriko Murakami’s Talking About Amy explores the life and work of Japanese pop artist Emi Iijima while she resided in the States.
- Corrie Francis’s Conversing with Aotearoa explores the way New Zealanders are coping with technological encroachment despite a deep sense of connection to the country’s natural beauty.
- In Blue, Karma, Tiger, co-directors Mia Hulterstam and Cecilia Actis interview three young, female graffiti artists.
- Samantha Moore’s The Beloved Ones is an intimate portrait of two African women living with the repercussions of AIDS.
- Davina Pardo revisits one of her famous father’s unfinished animations in Birdlings Two.
- In The Last Words of Dutch Schultz, Gerrit van Dijk presents an abstract interpretation of a gangster’s final words (voiced by Rutger Hauer) from his deathbed.
- In Jeanne Paturle’s and Cécile Rousset’s One Voice, One Vote, two strangers come together on the eve of a major election to discuss their personal connection to voting.
- In Learned by Heart, Marjut Rimminen and Paivi Takala explore the secret history of Finland’s post-WWII legacy.
- In Sold Out Marie José van der Linden and Gerrit van Dijk depict a day in the life of a family of shopkeepers as a big box store looms.
- In A Shift in Perception, Dan Monceaux gives three recently blinded women the opportunity to illustrate how their lives have changed.
- Maya Yonesho presents a micro-history of architectural destruction and creation in Vienna with Wiener Wuast.
- Emily Bissland’s In the Same Boat tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a racist Vietnam War vet and an Iraqi refugee who meet while hospitalized.
- Eric Ledune’s Do It Yourself is a wildly funny take on a found CIA manual’s step-by-step instructions on how to torture and kill.
The movie is available online at http://www.buyolympia.com/q/Item=animating-reality for the price of $20 plus shipping.