Fire & Ice (Gr 6-9)

2018 Festival

Wed, May 9 @ 12:30 pm - DJC

Presented by Capstan Hauling and chosen by teachers, this engaging package has stunning animations, insightful allegories, comedies (including a black comedy that most viewers, but not all, will find hilarious), and a documentary. Each film illustrates two contrasting ideas (e.g. pretend/reality; heat/ice; machine/nature; love/loss; digital/analog; creation/destruction; pet/wild animal).

Films in this package

The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

A bird becomes trapped in birdlime, the sticky substance spread on tree branches to capture wild birds for export, but it manages to escape the exotic bird trade industry. Yet it still remains trapped in a cage, surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and un-birdlike creatures. Won Best Animated Short at the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival…

Dear Basketball

Written and narrated by basketball great Kobe Bryant, this adaptation of his retirement announcement in 2015 after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers is a testament to his love of the game. Won the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

When a city made entirely of cardboard catches fire, it’s up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City and its citizens from impending doom. A comedic suspense-filled animation that is fascinating to watch, particularly its brilliant crayon-drawn animated characters. Won Best New Zealand Film at the 2017 Show Me…

A short documentary on the history and resurgence of vinyl records from the perspective of an artist focused pressing plant in Cleveland, Ohio named Gotta Groove Records. A hero story about grit, manufacturing and the pursuit of passion.

When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.

A band’s mysterious energy blows up amps, short-circuits breakers and starts fires when they play their music. On the eve of their first (and possibly last) show, dare they risk life, limb, and legacy for a chance to play their music? Won Best NH Short Narrative at the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival.

On the wrong side of a driveway in a barren yard of dry dirt and dead grass, a dandelion struggles to survive while its fellow weeds wither away and die. Across the concrete lies another yard where the sprinklers spray water and the grass is green. Can the dandelion make the journey to a better…