Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized, an animated music film produced by Flux and Hornet with the Decemberists, is the opening night presentation of the 5th Annual San Francisco International Animation Festival. The filmmakers kindly granted Boing Boing permission to run the film in entirety on our Virgin America in-flight Boing Boing Video channel, and it's gorgeous (I believe it may still be in rotation, if you have a flight on Virgin America coming up any time soon!). If you're in San Francisco, I strongly recommend the theater experience tonight. From the event description:
One of the most acclaimed albums of 2009, the Decemberists' The Hazards of Love is an epic song cycle that the band has played to sold-out audiences all over the world. Inspired by the album's heft and range, four animators (Peter Sluszka, Julia Pott, Guilherme Marcondes, Santa Maria) with widely different approaches have created original films that visualize the album in its entirety.More stills from the film below, along with event details.
Each work in this four-part series bears a unique aesthetic approach to the material and, like the album itself, communicates the joys and sorrows of being open to the world. Each psychedelic section, with techniques ranging from stop motion to CGI to hand-drawn illustration, seamlessly and breathlessly explores themes of beauty, angst and foreboding.
The highly conceptual film, as noted in Variety, "is the kind of project that could easily collapse under the weight of its pretensions. But, it succeeds, brilliantly."
Thursday November 11th
7:30PM - Screening plus Q+A with Here Come the Waves filmmaker Guilherme Marcondes, an award-winning animator from Brasil.
9PM - After-party on the waterfront at La Mar Cebichería Peruana (Pier 1 1/2) with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks
San Francisco International Animation Festival
Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema
San Francisco, CA
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