Includes a screening of World of Tomorrow 1 & 2 and conversation with writer/director Don Hertzfeldt
Since the ‘90s, the maverick animation director Don Hertzfeldt has been working so potently and cleverly in a type of animation he has made all his own – the world of stick-figure cartoon. He has created a series of shorts that have crashed into the firmament like lightning bolts, finding the humor and pathos in a field that might have been dismissed as parody if not for the sheer force of imagination he brought to the area. With his 1998 short student film, “Billy’s Balloon” – his fourth, made while he was finishing up at UC Santa Barbara – he found a way to wring equal amounts of wit and neurosis. The emotional terrain he farmed grew with each success, and the following films – from the short “Rejected” to the feature length It’s Such A Beautiful Day (which was expanded from a shorter piece) – took up more space, finally evolving to the epic. He has become one of the most admired, and imitated, filmmakers of the past twenty years, while maintaining a handmade control over his output. His newest, “World of Tomorrow 2” (a sequel to his Oscar nominated short) is hilarious, surreal and heartfelt. He will show the “Tomorrow 2” and Hertzfeldt will converse about the worlds he has created in his own way after it screens at Film Independent at LACMA.
World of Tomorrow 1 & 2
45 minutes, color | Written and directed by Don Herzfeldt
$15 for Film Independent and LACMA Film Club members. Members of these two groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, November 16. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period.
$20 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (65+); $25 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, November 23. Two ticket limit.
PLEASE NOTE: Pre-reserved tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat at the advertised start time of the event or seat(s) may be released. All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.