Don Hertzfeldt

Sundance 2013 News and Reviews

We’re exploring Sundance’s past all week, so we’ve got the usual batch of stellar short films with a Sundance twist. It’s like being there without the snow boots or Harvey Weinstein ruining screenings on his cell phone. Why Watch? If you’re unfamiliar with the soaring brilliance of Don Hertzfeldt‘s work, or if you’re a fan looking for even the flimsiest of reasons to luxuriate in it, take the time out to enjoy the awkward observations that spring forth from his stickman hero Bill (who hit Sundance in 2007). Wry and often so honest it’s uncomfortable, the idiosyncrasatic and the strangely relatable blend together to make something that will make you laugh so hard you’ll rethink your entire life plan. Truly, we are all Bill. What will it cost? Only 17 minutes. Skip Work. Watch More Short Films.

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Why Watch? Because Don Hertzfeldt is a genius. For those who haven’t been indoctrinated into his mad world, this short is a great introduction. For those that have, here’s just another excuse to watch it again. Hertzfeldt has an uncanny ability to make his stick figure drawings say more about our lives than the poets of the world can ever dream of doing. Funny, existential, meaty – this short (like all his others) delivers the humor and intense meaning of everyday life. Bill walks through his life experiencing the unexpected, wondering about wondering, and pretending not to notice that everything around him is changing while grabbing the produce from the back of the stack. What Will It Cost? Just 17 minutes of your time. Check out Everything Will Be OK for yourself:

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With the exception of Gentlemen Broncos, we were spot on with our Must See Films of Fantastic Fest 2009 list last year. While we’d love to take the credit for it, the truth is that it’s Fantastic Fest that came through with a large slate of winners from the weird world of genre. Fantastic Fest is the movie festival for movie lovers, and as the FSR Death Squad assembles yet again, we’re gearing up to attack the event with a renewed fervor by shining the spotlight on the films we’re anticipating the most. We’re pleased to have Adam Charles, Robert Fure, Brian Salisbury, Rob Hunter and Cole Abaius (led by the slightly inebriated and deep fried Neil Miller) comprise the Squad this go ’round. As for the Must See movies, this year, we’re enlisted four members of the Squad to choose 5 films each, and the result is a list full of blood, Hong Kong action, gritty Santa Claus stories, geriatric Kung Fu, Dystopian societies, ninjas from Norway, slasher follow-ups, mental trips, creepy clowns, and little girl vampires. A truly sprawling feast for the eyes and ears. Hopefully you’ll be sitting next to us, but if not, we aim to make you feel that way with our coverage. It’s time to get excited. Here are the 20 films that have got us running to the famous Alamo Drafthouse for Fantastic Fest 2010.

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Sunday Shorts

Most know Don Hertzfeldt for his bizarre and surreal animated short film, Rejected. An Academy Award nominated, highly recognized animator, Hertzfeldt has developed what I would submit is more than just a cult following since breaking onto the animation scene in early 2000. Today’s Sunday Shorts offering is a glimpse back at the work Hertzfeldt created as a UC Santa Barbara film student that prefaced his bursting into the public consciousness with the likes of talking bananas and dancing clouds with bleeding…er…yeah.

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The Animation Show Volume 3

If you’re not already a fan of Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt’s The Animation Show, you should be. Every installment delivers the beautiful, insightful, and strange world of some of the most talented animators in the world. Volume 3 is no exception, and it all kicks off with a special, brandy-sipping in front of a fire message from our old friends Beavis and Butthead.

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