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The Animation Pimpcast #12: One on One with Signe Baumane

Chris Robinson chats with the acclaimed Latvian animator and artist.

Animation Pimp image courtesy of Andreas Hykade.

Animation writer and Ottawa International Animation Festival programmer Chris Robinson sits down with a variety of animation types to fondle their minds through informal chats about animation, life and whatever else they feel like discussing.

In the latest episode of The Animation Pimpcast, Chris Robinson and Signe Baumane meet up in the Cinematheque Quebecoise in December 2014 for an initially uncomfortable discussion about Signe’s unhappiness with Chris’ hostile reaction to her feature film, Rocks in My Pockets. After hugging, they go on to discuss the making of Rocks in My Pockets, the reactions to the film and knots.

Signe Baumane was born in Latvia. She received a BA degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University in 1989. Eight months after giving birth to her son she was checked into a mental hospital and diagnosed as manic-depressive. Despite the diagnosis, Signe made 3 animated short films in Latvia before moving to New York in 1995. In New York she continued to work in the field of animation and made 12 more award winning animated shorts. Her films have been accepted at Sundance, Berlin, Ottawa, Annecy, Venice, Tribeca and hundreds of other film festivals around the world. Rocks in My Pockets is her first feature film project.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.