Sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society, the city's fifth International Animation Festival, a four-day celebration of innovative artistry and visionary storytelling, opens tonight at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.
This year's selections include the Decemberists-inspired Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized; animated music videos featuring the music of Rage Against the Machine, Paul Oakenfold and Gorillaz; and brothers Edward and Rory McHenry's Jackboots on Whitehall, in which puppets, voiced by the likes of Ewan McGregor and Tom Wilkinson, reveal what might have transpired if the Third Reich had occupied Buckingham Palace during World War II.
The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival will present its coveted Persistence of Vision Award to Academy Award–nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt tonight at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Tickets are $10 for San Francisco Film Society members and $12.50 for general admission.
Fremont's Hertzfeldt, 33, whose work frequently features hand-drawn stick figures, received a 2001 Oscar nomination for his short comedy film Rejected. His films have earned more than 150 awards from festivals worldwide. He will be in attendance for an onstage interview at this evening's presentation of Life, Death and Very Large Utensils at the Sundance, with a collection of short films to follow.