It’s not always about taking a camera into the wilderness. These films bring the wild to life through animation of all kinds.
Wrought: A stunning visual exploration of matter in various states of microbial transformation begs fundamental questions about human cultures’ complicated relationships with other species. Directed and Produced by Joel Penner and Anna Sigrithur.
enRAPTORed: Munir and the Magic of Birds of Prey: enRAPTORed is the pilot episode for "Chronicles of the Curious", a new, animated storytelling series that spotlights individuals who work or play in STEAM-related fields. This episode features Dr. Munir Virani in his trajectory from cricketer to raptor biologist, endeavoring to conserve vultures in India. Directed by Greg Mercer. Produced by Taylor Peterson. Sponsored by Pepsi-Cola of Missoula.
The New Urban Jungle: A watercolour illustrated stop-frame animation outlining the plight of UK wildlife and some simple tips on how we can support it urban areas, and our local patch - whatever that may look like! From a garden to an old boot, anyone can help their local wildlife. Directed by Lauren Cook. Sponsored by Caras Nursery.
An Epic Journey: With more than 100 recordings from more than 50 youth aged 3-19 from across the Skeena region, this animation tells the life cycle story of Skeena wild salmon in an ever changing climate as they swim through all kinds of dangers. Directed by Facundo Gastiazoro. Produced by Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. Sponsored by Bambinis Playschool.
Yellowstone 88: Song of Fire: In the summer of 1988 dry lightning sparked a fire in the parched landscape of Yellowstone Park, igniting a blaze that would scorch over 1.5 million perimeter acres of the park. The fire only ceased after an intense snowstorm. That winter surviving Fauna, exhausted from fire and weakened by hunger, die in greater numbers than those claimed by the fire. But the seasons change, and life begins again. This animated short, guided by the narrative poem "Song of Fire," tells the story Yellowstone in '88. Directed by Jerry van de Beek and Betsy De Fries. Produced by Betsy De Fries. Sponsored by MT Film Office.
Hen Harrier: Skydance to Skydance: A watercolour-illustrated stop-motion animation describing the lifecycle of the hen harrier and the threats to this beautiful bird of prey in the UK. Directed by Lauren Cook. Sponsored by Frame of Mind.
Beavers: Nature's Ecosystem Engineers: A watercolour illustrated stop-motion animation with basic facts about beavers, their keystone impacts and role in restoring UK rivers! Directed by Lauren Cook. Sponsored by Toiffer Pet Outfitter.
Hypnotise: After 34 years serving in the Australian Navy, the ex-HMAS Brisbane was scuttled off the coast of Queensland in 2005. 17 years later, this epic 130 meter artificial reef is home to over 200 species of fish. Hypnotise captures the seemingly symbiotic relationship between the ship and the marine life that calls it home. Directed by Ste Everington. Sponsored by Tandem Bakery.
Euphoria: A "frantic dance of euphoria and acceptance," this hypnotic animated short explores the paradox between humanity and nature. Directed and Produced by Katalin Egely. Sponsored by Marriott.
The 4/29 screening in the Roxy Garden will include a pre-film discussion with Wrought filmmakers Anna Sigrithur and Joel Penner!