6:30pm FRIDAY, 9/28 — Opening Night Short Films

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(Documentary, Animated, Subtitled, United States)

Once upon a time,
A young German artist changed the world of animation
With shadows, light, and a pair of magical scissors.
Her name was LOTTE.

Before Walt Disney, there was a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation. Influenced by folktales and legends, Lotte Reiniger was a tour de force of creativity and innovation: she invented the multiplane camera and created the first animated feature. This stunning film explores the life and times of a woman who is finally being given her due.
– Eileen Arandiga, Canadian Film Centre

So with music, magic, and a stirring narration by Lotte Reiniger herself, LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE tells the fairy tale story of one of animations’ biggest influencers.

RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older


Directors: Carla Patullo and Elizabeth Beecherl

Co-directors Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo make films in Los Angeles under the name Trick Studio.

Elizabeth was born in Lubbock, Texas and studied architecture at the University of Virginia. She has worked as an architect for several years on projects that have been published in The New York Times, Dwell, and many other design publications. She started animating and making films after watching Lotte Reiniger’s 1922 movie Cinderella and falling in love with the medium of silhouette animation.

Carla Patullo is a director and composer who creates rich, emotionally attuned soundscapes that celebrate the power in any story. With a sound that moves from industrial to lush orchestral and beyond, Carla brings an honest illumination to any project and adds strength to every creator’s experience. Her music is featured in the award winning film Spa Night, which premiered at Sundance. Her score to Cinderella, A Shadow Ballet has won numerous awards, including two Global Music Awards, a Platinum Remi, and two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations.