‘An Oversimplification of her Beauty’ by Terence Nance

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty‘ By Terence Nance

An autobiographical debut feature which documents the frustrations of creator Terence Nance’s ambiguous relationship. Live action is interspersed with a variety of animated sequences from a team of over fifteen animators including Nance (also the writer, director, producer and central protagonist).

The film received enough attention at Sundance 2012 to get Jay-Z on board as an executive producer and Janelle Monae contributing to the soundtrack. It received a Gotham award in 2012 for ‘Best Film not Playing at a Theater Near You’, which thankfully no longer applies as it is set for U.S. release in April 2013.

Enjoy the overwhelmingly enticing trailer. We’re hoping it makes it over to the UK!

‘Animated Documentaries’ at Tricky Women 2013

A brilliant selection of films this year by the Tricky Women Festival in Vienna, Austria, including a special animated documentary programme. It’s a fantastic festival, do get yourself along if you happen to be in Vienna!

6th – 10th March

http://www.trickywomen.at/

Article on ‘Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes’ by Mary Talbot, illustrated by Bryan Talbot

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Happy New Year Readers! We have a new category for the blog featuring graphic novels and comics – all exploring real life stories or subjects. Our first post is about the award winning autobiographical graphic novel written and illustrated by a husband and wife team. Article  below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/02/costa-awards-graphic-novel-biography

‘Lies’ by Jonas Odell

Lies – Part 1 – Directed by Jonas Odell from FilmTecknarna on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/32735700

If you like ‘Never Like the First Time’ you may enjoy this, the first of three first person narratives, from a film which won at Sundance 2009.

Review from Short of the Week here.

‘Why Build a Sun on Earth’ by Nik Morris

Why Build a Sun on Earth? from Nik Morris on Vimeo.

Short film made by Nik Morris in collaboration with fusion scientists at York Plasma institute, this is a beautifully designed film which disseminates academic research.

“Touring UK schools in a portable ‘Sun Dome’, this film offers an informative and entertaining spectacle that demonstrates the benefits of nuclear fusion research and empowers its young audiences to be part of the solution for our energy future.”

Winner: 1st Prize, Durham New Energy Futures Film Festival at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK on September 27th 2012

Review on One & Other here: http://www.oneandother.com/articles/why-build-a-sun-on-earth/

More from ‘The Wrong Trainers’ for the BBC

From Beakus in London, two more segments in the BBC’s series on child poverty ‘the Wrong Trainers’ for kids’ news programme Newsround. The series won awards from BAFTA and the National Television Society.

Here’s Danielle’s story, directed by Leigh Hodgkinson:
http://beakus.com/blog/newsround-danielles-story

And here’s Semera’s story, directed by Steve Smith:
http://littlebeak.com/blog/newsround-on-poverty

‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi

Here at animated documentary.com we were debating if Persepolis is an animated documentary or not  …what are your thoughts?

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power – forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ22VyjJ6n8