At our most recent seminar, we had the pleasure of seeing the rough cuts of the four animations focused on family homelessness. Since the last meeting, both the animation artists and directors have been working hard to create a story with voices accompanied by a form of an animation of sorts. What I found to be interesting was the diversity of styles each film followed. Without giving too much away, the mediums varied from clay to oil paintings. While they all differed in perspective and style, all were emotionally evoking. I can’t wait to see how all of the films turn out.
The rough cuts are done! And let me say, they look great. All four sets of filmmakers have been hard at work to meet their deadlines, and a couple of weeks ago (March 12th) we finally got to see what that work has led to. The last touches are being made on the animation before they are sent off to the ‘sound guys’.
At the seminar, some of the videos were closer to completion than others, but all four still managed to capture the message each of the filmmakers wants to impart through their films. I don’t want to give too much away, but there are definite themes in each of them: Neely did a beautiful job showing what a community can do to provide support and help families in need; Laura Jean and Goldie have embraced the idea that homelessness can happen to anyone; Sihanouk, Heather, and Chris are working to break down stereotypes, animating the stories of three single fathers raising their children; and Drew and Amy interviewed a young man who has been on and off the streets for nearly his entire life. These films easily work individually and put the issue of family homelessness into perspective. However, they work together as part of a set to reiterate the idea that this is an issue that really can affect anyone, or someone you know, and that there are ways you can reach out and help within your community. Like I said, I don’t want to give too much away – you’ll have to see them in person! I will say, however, that I did get a little misty-eyed watching the videos, and I am excited to see these rough cuts develop into their final forms moving forward.
– Victoria C.
‘American Refugees’ will premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival on Monday, May 19th at the Harvard Exit - time will be TBD in the evening. More info available and how you can secure tickets at AmericanRefugees.org.