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Fresh from the Festivals: February 2002's Film Reviews

Jon Hofferman reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: 2+2 by Benita Raphan and Clayton Hemmert, Stefan Gronsky's The Box, Jednnoci v jednom meste (One Night in One Town) by Jan Balej, Token Life by David Donar, and Victoria Livingstone's Window. Includes QuickTime movie clips!

Within the world of animation, most experimentation occurs within short format productions, whether they be high budgeted commercials, low budgeted independent shorts, or something in between. The growing number of short film festivals around the world attest to the vitality of these works, but there are few other venues for exhibition of them or even written reviews. As a result, distribution tends to be difficult and irregular. On a regular basis, Animation World Magazine will highlight some of the most interesting with short descriptive overviews.

This Month:

2+2 (2002), 11 min., directed by Benita Raphan and Clayton Hemmert, USA. Info: Benita Raphan, 101 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10011. Tel: 212-691-2877. Email:

The Box (2000), 4.5 min., directed by Stefan Gronsky, USA.. Info: Stefan Gronsky, 7343 Waldo Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Tel: 510-528-8452. Email:

Jedné noci v jednom meste (One Night in One Town) (2000), 29 min., directed by Jan Balej, Czech Republic.. Info: Jan Balej, Na Václavce 48, Praha 5, 150 00 Czech Republic. Tel/Fax: 420-2-22221620. Email:

Token Life (2002), 4.5 min., directed by David Donar, USA. Info: Donar Productions, 7393 Sharp Rd., Swartz Creek, MI 48473. Tel: 810-610-8775. Email:

Window (2000), 10 min., directed by Victoria Livingstone, USA.. Info:

If you have the QuickTime plug-in, you can view a clip from each film by simply clicking the image.