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Glas Animation Presents Autonomous La Program, John Daker Performance

Glas Animation is hosting a lineup of animated shorts in a program called Autonomous La on Thursday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8:30 p.m., followed by a performance by John Daker, the animated bandmate of Sophie Koko Gate, Rachel Sale, and Skillbard (Vincent Oliver and Tom Carrell), which begins at 10 p.m.

Autonomous La features films by Sally Cruikshank, Kirsten Lepore (one of Variety‘s 10 Animators to Watch this year), David OReilly, Vincent Tsui, Allison Schulnik, David Lewandowski, Kangmin Kim, Joe Bennett, Conner Griffith, and Song E. Kim.

“This screening highlights films made by a younger generation, creating work in the epicenter for commercial entertainment, Los Angeles,” Glas Animation organizers said in announcing the program.

A panel discussion on the importance, difficulties, and successes of creating independent animation will follow the screening.

John Daker is a computer-animated character that dances along with his live-action bandmates.

The event will be held at Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Doors open
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Video Game Trailer Becomes Eligible to Win an Oscar for the First Time Ever

In one of the biggest signs that the video game industry has hit the mainstream, for the first time ever, a video game trailer has become eligible to win an Oscar. Video game enthusiasts are all doing a collective fist pump right now because of the news. It’s been evident that the production value of not only the games themselves but the marketing for said games has gone through the roof in the last decade. Now it’s validated that the quality has skyrocketed too. According to IGN In a recent tweet, Irish artist David OReilly confirmed the 11-minute trailer for

Video Game Trailer Becomes Eligible to Win an Oscar for the First Time Ever
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Newswire: For the first time ever, a video game has qualified for an Academy Award

  • The AV Club
Vis Vienna Shorts, an annual short-film festival held in Austria, recently announced its award winners, and tucked away among the details is an odd, historic moment for interactive storytelling. Everything, David Oreilly’s recently released game that lets you play as everything you see while listening to philosophical quotes about the nature of being, was awarded the festival’s jury prize for animated short film. As it so happens, that automatically puts Everything on the longlist of possible Academy Award nominees for the Best Animated Short category, making it the first video game to ever qualify for an Oscar. Whether it’ll actually make the list of nominees come awards season is another story.

It’s unclear what form Everything took at the festival. It notably includes a mode where you can sit back and watch as the game plays itself, jumping from trees to deer to buildings and everything
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Daily | Senses, desistfilm, Criticism

  • Keyframe
The new issue of Senses of Cinema features a good handful of pieces on Michelangelo Antonioni and two on Paul Thomas Anderson. Also in today's roundup of news and views: A new short film from Jean-Luc Godard; Martin Scorsese on John Ford's The Searchers; an issue of Criticism devoted to Andy Warhol, desistfilm on Alfred Hitchcock, Isidore Isou, Peter Tscherkassky, Michael Robinson and David OReilly; an interview with Terence Stamp; articles on Thom Andersen's The Thoughts That Once We Had, Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Alain Resnais—and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Senses, desistfilm, Criticism

  • Keyframe
The new issue of Senses of Cinema features a good handful of pieces on Michelangelo Antonioni and two on Paul Thomas Anderson. Also in today's roundup of news and views: A new short film from Jean-Luc Godard; Martin Scorsese on John Ford's The Searchers; an issue of Criticism devoted to Andy Warhol, desistfilm on Alfred Hitchcock, Isidore Isou, Peter Tscherkassky, Michael Robinson and David OReilly; an interview with Terence Stamp; articles on Thom Andersen's The Thoughts That Once We Had, Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Lisandro Alonso's Jauja and Alain Resnais—and more. » - David Hudson
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Sundance unveils shorts roster

  • ScreenDaily
Top brass have announced 60 films culled from 8,061 submissions across four categories – Us and international narrative, documentary and animation.

“This year’s short film-makers have broken through their limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after each film has ended,” said senior programmer Mike Plante.

The Short Film programme is presented by YouTube.

Sundance 2015 is set to run in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, from January 22 to February 1.

All synopses provided by the festival.

Us Narrative Short Films

Actresses

Jeremy Hersh

The film follows the relationship between a young, aspiring actress and an established off-Broadway star.

A.D. 1363, The End Of Chivalry (USA-New Zealand)

Jake Mahaffy

A little-known historical catastrophe leads to the definitive end of the era of chivalry and questing.

Color Neutral

Jennifer Reeves

A color explosion sparkles, bubbles, and fractures in this handcrafted 16mm film. Jennifer Reeves utilises
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Watch: Joaquin Phoenix Playing The Video Game In 'Her,' Animator Announces Release Of First Real Game

  • The Playlist
After a seriously ridiculous string of parodies and mashups (and let's not forget James Franco's ruminations on the movie), here's a look back on Spike Jonze's lovely, aching and bruising "Her" that turns the spotlight on a portion of the film you might have forgotten about. As the movie lays out its not-so-distant future world, among the technologies that are laid out—including the very personalized, Siri-esque O.S.—are immersive, interactive, gesture-controlled, 3D video games. It's sorta like Kinect on crack and with much more filthy language. Anyway, the film's animator David OReilly cut together an edited video of those sequences, with Joaquin Phoenix playing the alien world game, and not only that, has announced his first actual real game. And sorry, it's not the one from "Her." Instead, it's called "Mountain," but it certainly does allow for lots of player input. Here's Mashable's summary of what
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First Look: Powerpuff Girls special "Dance Pantsed"

First Look: Powerpuff Girls special
The upcoming Powerpuff Girls Special, 'Dance Pantsed,' has a trailer: "They're back to save the world before bedtime -- one more time!" The Powerpuff Girls are back in a brand new special, Dance Pantsed, premiering on Cartoon Network on Jan. 20th at 7:30 Est. With Powerpuff Girls' creator, Craig McCracken, currently making magic with Wonder Over Yonder over on the Disney Channel, directorial duties have been handed over to Dave Smith, a former writer and storyboard artist from the original Powerpuff Girlsseries. Sym-Bionic Titan's Kevin Dart did the special's art direction and character re-designs, creating a fresh-yet-familiar look that somehow manages to bring to mind the work of both David OReilly and Upa. All of the original series' voice actors will be reprising their roles, with Ringo Starr joining the cast as Fibonacci Sequins, "Townsville’s most flamboyant mathematician." Starr will also lend his unique vocal gifts to the special's.
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Berlinale 2012. Golden Bear for the Tavianis' "Caesar Must Die"

  • MUBI
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die has won the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale. The other awards, presented by Mike Leigh and his International Jury (Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa):

The first Silver Bear, the Jury Grand Prix, goes to Bence Fliegauf's Just the Wind. (Last year, this prize went to a Hungarian as well, to Béla Tarr for The Turin Horse.)

Silver Bear for Best Director: Christian Petzold for Barbara.

Silver Bear for Best Actress: Rachel Mwanza for her performance in War Witch.

Silver Bear for Best Actor: Mikkel Følsgaard for A Royal Affair.

The Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution goes to Director of Photography Lutz Reitemeier for his work on White Deer Plain.

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay: Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg for A Royal Affair.

The Alfred Bauer Award
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Deconstructing the Possession of David O'Reilly, A Movie Review

Directors: Andrew Cull and Steve Isles.

Writer: Andrew Cull.

Cast: Giles Alderson, Francesca Fowler and Paul McGuinness.

Very rarely will audiences find a protagonist who will know how to prevent a dark force from entering a house. Equally impossible is finding a variation of the possession theme that does not get explored. The Possession of David O'Reilly is a movie that thankfully gets a male character possessed rather than the traditional female.

Quite often, the gentler sex is perceived as the weaker soul that can succumb to the whims of the Devil. French Historian Michel de Certeau and anthropologist I.M. Lewis suggest possession happens because women were quite often denied a representation and a public voice during the Late Middle Ages.

But the Devil is an equal opportunist when it comes to other cases, especially those reported ones dating from the 20th century on, like Robbie Doe's, the boy who inspired Blatty's novel,
See full article at 28 Days Later Analysis »

Berlinale 2012. Shorts Lineup

  • MUBI
"27 films from 22 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear Jury Prize, the Daad Short Film Award and a short film nomination for the European Film Prize," the Berlinale's announced today. The International Jury will be comprised of German actress Sandra Hüller, Palestinian artist Emily Jacir and Irish-American filmmaker David O'Reilly. We'll get to the lineup in a moment, but first, this:

"Due to the political events in Hungary, the Berlinale Shorts is presenting a special screening on February 18, 2012 at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele: Magyarország 2011 (Hungary 2011) – an omnibus film, which reflects also in its aesthetics, the radical political and social developments in this crisis-ridden country. The directors of the work are Ágnes Kocsis, Márta Mészáros, Bence Fliegauf, Miklós Jancsó, and others [András Jeles, Ferenc Török, Simon Szabó, Péter Forgács, László Siroki, György Pálfi and András Salamon]. Following the screening, Béla Tarr will conduct a discussion on the current situation in Hungary."

On to the main program, with a few descriptions from the festival:

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O'Reilly's 'The External World' Wins Prize at Animated Dreams

  • IFTN
Irish director David O'Reilly's 'The External World' has taken the top prize at the 13th Animated Dreams film festival in Tallinn, Estonia 'The External World' is an animated short written by O'Reilly and Vernon Chatman and tells the story of a boy who learns to play the piano. The film also won the audience award at the festival. It was produced by David's own production company Henning Kamm. The film previously picked up the Best Animation award at the 2011 IFTAs.
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Irish Shorts News: Encounters Film Festival Screenings & 'The German' Available Online

  • IFTN
A selection of Irish shorts have been chose to screen at the Bristol Encounters International Film Festival 2011, with seven Irish shorts screening in competition. Included in the Animation Encounters competition at the festival are Ferg Brennan's 'The Fisherman', Richard Kelly's 'Paperman' and Aoife Doyle's 'Nana's Strawberry Preserve'. Brief Encounter Irish competition shorts screenings include Colm Quinn's 'Needle Exchange', Cathy Brady's Bifa nominated 'Rough Skin', David O'Reilly's Ifta winning 'The External World' and Cathal Burke's 'Screenshot'.
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David O'Reilly's 'The External World' Shortlisted for Cartoon d'Or

  • IFTN
David O'Reilly's short animation 'The External World' has been nominated for this year's Cartoon d'Or, which will be presented at an awards ceremony on Sept 15th during the Cartoon Forum in Sopot, Poland. 'The External World' has been nominated alongside three German shorts, including UK/Germany co-production 'The Gruffalo', and productions from Poland and the Netherlands.
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The Possession of David O'Reilly: Review

  • MoreHorror
Review by Michael Pickle

The Possession of David O'Reilly is last year's supernatural UK import from directors Andrew Cull and Steve Isles. It's not likely to please every horror fan out there, but it's the kind of horror film that I personally enjoy discovering. A film that's very low budget, but not afraid to take chances. It's not perfect, but it's scary.

With solid acting, a few bare bones, but effective camera tricks, and some special effects make-up; this supernatural thriller is not afraid to be subtle. Nor is it afraid to be straight-forward. It seems to drag in a couple parts, but that even worked well for me and made the scary scenes that much scarier. In a constant state of unease you never know if the next scare is going to creep up on you or jump in your face. Kind of like feeling the hairs stand up
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Watch David O'Reilly's Bizarre Sundance Short, 'The External World'

  • Moviefone
Filed under: Video, Cinematical

The opening night shorts program at this year's Sundance Film Festival was full of some pretty strange material, including David O'Reilly's animated film 'The External World,' which wound up taking home an honorary mention from the shorts jury once the festival wrapped up.

It's probably one of the oddest pieces of animation you'll watch this week year, and, as with any piece of art that takes risks with its storytelling and presentation, the short itself has elicited mixed reactions. Some feel it's brilliant in every conceivable way -- a trippy yet creative look at how technology is slowly consuming us. Others, however, think it hits you a little too hard with its message and that its 17-minute runtime could've been chopped some.

We fell somewhere between the two after watching it at Sundance. It's definitely a unique piece of entertainment, that's for sure,
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Watch David O'Reilly's Bizarre Sundance Short, 'The External World'

  • Cinematical
Watch David O'Reilly's Bizarre Sundance Short, 'The External World'
Filed under: Video, Cinematical

The opening night shorts program at this year's Sundance Film Festival was full of some pretty strange material, including David O'Reilly's animated film 'The External World,' which wound up taking home an honorary mention from the shorts jury once the festival wrapped up.

It's probably one of the oddest pieces of animation you'll watch this week year, and, as with any piece of art that takes risks with its storytelling and presentation, the short itself has elicited mixed reactions. Some feel it's brilliant in every conceivable way -- a trippy yet creative look at how technology is slowly consuming us. Others, however, think it hits you a little too hard with its message and that its 17-minute runtime could've been chopped some.

We fell somewhere between the two after watching it at Sundance. It's definitely a unique piece of entertainment, that's for sure,
See full article at Cinematical »

Sundance Festival Awards Wrap

Mostly I've been just motoring along, not too sad about having missed Sundance this year until it occurred to me what a jump start it gave me on this current Oscar race -- not too mention my own rooting interests at the film bitch awards. Whoa unto us who cannot afford a week in the snowy Utah mountains. I'm dying to see Vera Farmiga's directorial debut but otherwise I have poured over precious few Sundance articles. There was too much Oscar noise this week to give it much thought. But here's what Sundance went for with a passion.

Vera Farmiga, Dr. Nner and America Ferrara (photo from Zimbio)

The Sundance 2011 Awards broke down like so...

Juried

Grand Prize Dramatic Like Crazy

Grand Prize Documentary How To Die in Oregon

World Cinema Dramatic Happy, Happy

World Cinema Documentary Hell and Back Again

Like CrazyThe big breakout of the festival was Like Crazy,
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Niels Matthijs' discoveries of 2010!

End of year lists, a very fine tradition indeed. Like previous years I've assembled a list of the best films I've seen the past 12 months. No new content, all films and reviews have been featured on Twitch before, but a very good reminder of things you should definitely put on your "to-see" list before you forget about them altogether. Brace yourself for a selection of cinematic excellence (at least according to my taste).

10. Pk.com.cn

Chinese films are often quite traditional both in themes and presentation. Pk.com.cn is a welcome variation on the regular output, serving a hyper-modern romance dominated by social media and internet-savvy characters. The resulting film is quite unique, even outside the somewhat limiting confines of Chinese cinema. This one is for people who feel at ease in these modern times and dare to embrace the social revolution. Comes highly recommended.

09. Valhalla Rising

Chances
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Seven Horror Film Releases for November 16th on DVD and Blu-Ray

There are a couple of independent United Kingdom shot horror films coming to DVD Tuesday November 16th. Also, showing are several blu-ray releases from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Included in the former are Stuart Hazeldine's Exam, which puts eight executives in one room, with one mysterious question. More plot details on Exam are (here). Also showing is The Possession of David O'Reilly, with trailer (here).

Anchor Bay Entertainment is distributing Children of the Corn (2009), Crowley (1987), Ghost Machine (2009), Staunton Hill (2009) and the "Twilight Zone" Season Two on Blu-Ray. The trailer for Staunton Hill can be seen (here) More details on Exam and The Possession of David O'Reilly are below. Details on the Blu-Ray releases at Amazon (click title).

The Possession of David O'Reilly:

The film's synopsis:

"The Posession Of David O'Reilly marks the UK as the next hot source for original, inventive horror. Giles Alderson stars as David O'Reilly, a
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