Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Don of animation

Posted By on Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

With more than 120 awards to his name (including a 1998 honor from the long-defunct Charlotte Film & Video Festival), one can only assume that Don Hertzfeldt possesses a mantle comparable to that of Meryl Streep. The 35-year-old cult animator has written and directed 11 shorts over the past 17 years, including the Oscar-nominated Rejected and the brilliant YouTube sensation Billy's Balloon.

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While Hertzfeldt's drawing style is traditional (created by hand, with no CGI), he employs experimental techniques to produce his surreal, cynical sagas. Hertzfeldt will be in Charlotte to deliver a lecture and host a screening of several of his works, including the aforementioned Billy's Balloon and his latest piece, It's Such a Beautiful Day (pictured).
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$12. April 14, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road. For more information, visit www.lightfactory.org. - Matt Brunson

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