About

YEAR 2015

SECTION Special Events

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 55 min

Animals. is an independently produced and animated series that focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth's least habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons, or aging bedbugs in the midst of a mid-life crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity, and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

As old models of film distribution and exhibition are shifting, exciting new opportunities are opening up for independent artists to create and have their work seen. Animation and episodic projects have proven challenging for anyone outside of a studio or a television network to produce. But thanks to new technology and ingenious creators, we are on the cusp of a creative revolution that is spawning work as innovative as Animals.

Following the screening of the first two episodes will be a conversation with the creative team of Animals.: Mark Duplass, Phil Matarese, and Mike Luciano. They will discuss how their unique project came to light, as well as the changing landscape of episodic storytelling in the digital era. —T.G.

Followed by a conversation with the creative team of Animals.: Mark Duplass, Phil Matarese, and Mike Luciano. They will discuss how their unique project came to light as well as the changing landscape of episodic storytelling in the digital era.



EMAIL jpolon@gmail.com

Credits

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Artist Bio

Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano met working together at a New York City advertising production company where they discovered a pair of pigeons across from their office and began speaking from their point of view. Phil, an illustrator in his free time, proposed animating a scene based off their pigeon-riffing to screen at Mike's monthly comedy show. Thus was born Pigeons., the first in a series of animated shorts focusing on the downtrodden non-human creatures of New York City, which the two dubbed, simply, Animals. Quickly, the series became a full-time passion project, which they screened at venues throughout New York City, leading to appearances at South By Southwest and Palm Springs International ShortFest. Their quarter-hour installment—a revamped Pigeons.—won Best Comedy at the 2013 New York Independent Television Festival. A half-hour version of Animals. is under way with executive producers Mark & Jay Duplass.

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