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Script, Design and Animation: Don Hertzfeldt

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A fictional collision between art, commercial culture and madness.

In the spring of 1999, the Family Learning Channel commissioned animator Don Hertzfeldt to produce promotional segments for their network. The cartoons were completed in five weeks. The Family Learning Channel rejected all of them upon review, and they were never aired...

Running Time: 9 minutes
Year of Release: 2000
Production: Bitter Films, USA

Script, Design and Animation: Don Hertzfeldt
Other Contributors:
Rebecca Moline (Editing), Robert May (Voices) and Tim Kehl (Sound Production)

Awards include: The Gold Hugo Award, Chicago International Film Festival, 2000; Best Animated Film, Freaky Film Festival, 2000; "Cinematexas Spirit" Award, Cinematexas Film Festival, 2000; and Staff Prize, Best Short Film, San Francisco Indie Film Festival, 2001

Biography: Don Hertzfeldt was born on August 1, 1976 in California's Bay Area. He has been drawing badly since he was little, and has wanted to make films for as long as he can remember. He began playing with self-taught video animation at sixteen, and by 1993 completed a short called Escape is Still Impossible that gathered four major awards, including an AFI prize where Francis Ford Coppola acted as a judge. No one seemed to notice that the video made absolutely no sense. Don graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Film Studies at the end of 1998. He produced a 16mm cartoon every year there, each one increasingly successful on an unprecedented level for student films. This helped him finance and put together his own studio space and 35mm gear, now the location for current Bitter Films productions. Don is currently in production on a 6th animated short while developing larger studio projects.

Filmography: Ah, L'Amour (1995), Genre (1996), Lily and Jim (1997), Billy's Balloon (1998) and Rejected (2000)

Read about Don Hertzfeld's Billy's Balloon in "Malicious Balloons and Flying Lingerie: Spike and Mike's 1999 Classic Festival of Animation" in Animation World Magazine.

For more information on Don Hertzfeldt, visit bitterfilms.com