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Animation Events at San Francisco International Film Festival 2009

ASIFA-SF is co-presenting a program of short animated films at the San Francisco International Film Festival The program, called "A Thousand Pictures," features excellent unusual experimental animation for adults. PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS by Laurie Hill from England is a comedy about unusual requests photography archives get including, "Please send me a photograph of Jesus." LI ES by Jonas Odell from Sweden illustrates three real stories (doozies!) concerning lies. THE HEART OF AMOS KLEIN by Michal and Uri Kranot from Israel uses animated flashbacks that explain how Amos became a powerful anti-Palestinian bigot. Also in the program are AANAATT by Max Hattler from England, FAR AWAY FROM URAL by Katarlina Lillqvist from Finland, KANIZSA HILL by Evelyn Lee, USA; and SLAVES by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn from Sweden.

The program is being shown Sunday, April 26 at 9:45 p.m., Monday, May 4 at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Kabuki. 925-866-9559

The festival is showing two animated features. Willis O'Brien's silent classic THE LOST WORLD (1925) plays at the Castro, with music performed live by Dengue Fever (a Cambodian American pop band), on May 5 at 8 p.m. THE BATTLE FOR TERRA by Aristomenis Tsirbas is a "family-friendly" sci-fi feature with a social conscience. Earth is dying and the remaining humans try to make the peaceful planet of Terra their new home through the use of force.

Esurance, a local insurance company that supports animation, is sponsoring four technology and design programs. Included are four works that include elements of animation, The Age of Stupid, Art & Copy, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and Proving Ground.

The No Voice Too Small program includes DIARY OF A FLY by Gene Deitch, MADAM PRESIDENT by Pete List, MUTT by Glen Hunwick from Australia, THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS by Oscar nominated Konstantin Bronzit and THE TURTLE AND THE SHARK by Ryan Woodward.