Saturday, July 5th at 1 PM - J.A. de Sève Theatre
The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest event of its kind in North America and one of the most respected animation events in the world. BEST OF OTTAWA 2007 program features cutting edge programming and showcases many of the outstanding films presented in the 2007 Official Competition. LAPSUS (Argentina, 2007, Juan Pablo Zaramella): A nun discovers that one should never underestimate the power of the dark side. A film showcasing various possibilities offered in animation. JOHN AND KAREN (UK, 2007, Matthew Walker): A quiet and charming tale of John the polar bear clumsily trying to apologize to Karen the penguin. L'EAU LIFE (USA, 2007, Jeff Scher): A rotoscoped look at swimming and water activities, each frame painted in watercolours. T.O.M. (UK, 2006, Tom Brown & Daniel Gray): The journey of a young boy through his daily routine. A non-judgmental look at a strange young boy with strange habits. DOXOLOGY (USA, 2007, Michael Langan): An exploration of the relationship between the terrestrial and the celestial via singing tennis balls. UMO (Japan, 2007, Shoji Goto): Forest creatures dedicate their music and dance to end the desertification of the Earth in this video produced for OOIOO, a Japanese art-rock girl band. FRAMING (Germany, 2007, Bert Gottschalk): The single frames of 8mm films are compared with windows in building facades of a city. I MET THE WALRUS (Canada, 2007, Josh Raskin): In 1969, a 14-year-old armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck snuck into John Lennon's hotel room for a chat. THE WAIF OF PERSEPHONE (Canada, 2006, Nick Cross): A modern version of a classic fable. Persephone, the goddess of spring, is abducted to the underworld. THE OLD, OLD, VERY OLD MAN (UK, 2007, Elizabeth Hobbs): 152-year-old Thomas Parr is taken to meet King Charles I, who orders a celebration of his longevity. TEAT BEAT OF SEX (USA, 2007, Signe Baumane): Short lectures on sex given by a knowing woman. Very entertaining. Very informative. MILK TEETH (UK, 2007, Tibor Banoczki): A young boy follows his sister into a field as she sneaks out to see her boyfriend. A strange tale presented in cut-outs and 3D computer animation. GOLDEN AGE (EXCERPTS) (USA, 2007, Aaron Augenblick): A dark comedy revealing the sordid lives of three eccentric cartoon characters from yesteryear, Marching Gumdrop, Kongobot and Lancaster Loon.