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Nature of the Beast
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Nature of the Beast

October 1st at 9 PM

The Pacific Northwest is a great location from which to contemplate our place in nature, and animation can be a fun, poignant and effective way to express these meditations. From microscopic critters, to regular and fantastic animals, to bodies of water, and our own minds, these films feature themes that make us question our relationships with nature, each other and ourselves.


Jim Blashfield
Portland, OR
2007  5 min

A strange hive of archetypal beings-- seemingly part rabbit and part bowling pin-- inhabit an underground world reminiscent of both Fritz Lang's Metropolis and some mysterious place under the basement stairs.
Song of the Spindle

Drew Christie
Seattle, WA
2011  4 min

A man and whale argue about who is smarter and finally come to a kind of understanding.

Tidal Wave

Salise Hughes
Seattle, WA
2005  2 min

Our relationship with the sea is explored through one man's recurring dream.


Aaron Wendel
Seattle, WA
2010  4 min

Over time, two houses slowly destroy each other. Hand drawn on paper.


Luca Dipierro
Portland, OR
2012  4 min

Three pairs of acrobats perform bizarre tricks.  A circus you would not want to join.

7 Cats

Laura DiTrapani
Portland, OR
2003  1 min

Seattle Premiere:
A family of felines go in search for the elixir of life.

How to Draw A Self-Portrait

Sasha Erickson
Olympia, WA
2014 - 5 min

Seattle Premiere:
An exploration of what it means to re-create one's own likeness as an art object.

Crashing Waves

Britta Johnson
Port Townsend, WA
2010  7 min

In this film, featuring a combination of stop-motion animation and time lapse photography, two shipwreck victims spend their days on a deserted shore, making the sun rise, the tides move in and out, etc. Are they gods, or have they been driven mad by their predicament?

A Tale of Momentum & Inertia

HouseSpecial (dir. Kameron Gates)
Portland, OR
2014  1 min

A short short story that shows us that humans are our own worst enemy.
The Sine Wave

Neely Goniodsky
Seattle, WA
2013 - 5 min

WA Premiere:
A meditation on the ups and downs of life through the mathematical function of the sine wave.

Lost and Found

Joan Gratz
Portland, OR
2012 - 3.5 min

Lost and Found tackles human experiences from birth to death, love, anger and community.

Davis Limbach
Seattle, WA  2010
4 min

Loopforms is a dance of energy or spirit expressed in 'maximized loops'. A traditional narrative is omitted in favor of a sensual, emotionally affecting experience. Ink and pencil on paper.

Two Ways Down

Laura Heit
Portland, OR
2014  3 min

Seattle Premiere:
Fall into the underworld, walk, slither, wriggle, fly, burn, and return to dirt.
The Prodigal Wiener

Bob Hutchinson
Seattle, WA
1972  3 min

Playful shapes form an excited community of microscopic life forms.
To See More Light

Kurtis Hough
Portland, OR
2015  15 min

This entrancing combination of geometric animation, time lapse and a haunting score make you question everything from the biggest cosmos and the smallest atoms.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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