Fans of Tim Burton movies — and there are many of them — may recall the animated feature film “9,” which the dark fantasy master co-produced and released last year: on 9-9-09.
I wonder how many Burton fans realize that “9” was based upon a short film that won the 2005 BendFilm Festival award for best animated short, and subsequently was an Oscar nominee in the same category.
Produced and directed by Shane Acker, then a UCLA film student, the animated short (about a burlap doll struggling for survival in a post-apocalyptic world) captured Burton’s eye and was expanded into a full-length movie.
That may give you an idea of the regard with which BendFilm is held in the world of film making.
A wide selection of short films, animated and otherwise, again will be an important element in the 2010 BendFilm festival, which begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday (Oct. 7-10).
Don’t be surprised if this year’s animated sleeper is The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger, a six-minute short by Bill Plympton.
The legendary cartoonist, who was a featured speaker and presenter at last year’s festival, has produced a children’s fable about the meaning of life, the power of advertising and, ultimately, the test of a mother’s love.
A more serious production is Every War Has Two Losers, based upon the journals of William Stafford, the late Oregon poet laureate and a Second World War conscientious objector.
Clara’s Carma features prolific actor Stephen Tobolowky (Groundhog Day, Deadwood, Glee) as a frustrated therapist treating a young woman (Alex Dawson) who sees omens everywhere and suffers a spiritual meltdown.
The great Jonathan Winters, now 84 years old, co-wrote (with Dan Pasternack) The Babe & the Kid, a new take on the baseball legend about Babe Ruth’s promise to hit a home run for a critically ill child.
Movies will be presented at five different venues in Bend and Sisters. Individual movie tickets are $10; a full film pass is $95. Order online: http://www.bendfilm.org