Shorts 2: Animated Shorts

Grayslake Campus
Saturday, September 7
6:30 pm
Sunday, September 8
11:30 am

Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge
Directed By: Aaron Johnson
Written By: Aaron Johnson
Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is the crown over Summerfest and has become one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. But it’s also a popular site for suicides. This animated documentary explores the issues of the bridge and suicide through three intimate interviews. Follow animator, Aaron Johnson, as he shares the stories of Dave, John, and Mary.
USA, 9 minutes
Festivals: Hot Springs, East Lansing, Beloit, Fargo, Wisconsin

Mushroom Park
Directed By: Timothy Rauch
Written By: Timothy Rauch
Cast: Betsy Soldaro, Shondalia White
Two friends locked in a love-hate relationship bury a dead frog as rain begins to fall. They make a fateful decision to wait out the storm under a tree and wake up in a world quite unlike the one they left behind.
USA, 14 minutes
Festivals: Newport Beach

Five Minutes
Directed By: Chris Zaluski, Sandy Dickson & Peter Gilbert
Written By: Peter Gilbert

Through the eyes of a young soldier from Southwest Louisiana, this animated short film tells the story of Baptiste Touissant’s devastating injury and his hope of recovery through regenerative medicine. Regenerative Medicine promises a future where doctors, using a soldier’s own cells, rebuild genitalia and reconstruct arms and legs blown apart by shrapnel.
USA, 9 minutes
Festivals: RiverRun

Gelato – Seven Summers of Ice Cream Love
Directed By: Daniela Opp
Written By: Kai Rönnau

The 20th Century was still young when Italien mountaineers conquered Germany with a sensation: gelato! Tiny stalls developed into beautiful ice cream shops. But suddenly the Italians turned into war enemies.
The love story between Rosa and Paolo ended before the seventh summer had even started … Up until little Molly decides to take matters into her own hands almost 80 years later.
Germany, 12 minutes
Festivals: RiverRun

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