"These people are visual artists, and animation is just a second focus to many of them," says Martz. Still, some of the films screening in this traveling festival give us the giggles we expect from cartoons -- oops, we said it. Australian Siobhan Bowers's An Instructional Guide to Dating, for example, lampoons grade-school educational videos using the rotoscoping technique of animating over live footage (as seen recently in A Scanner Darkly) to create campy, brightly colored images.
Italian Federico Solmi's Rocco Never Dies, on the other hand, is a more existential affair, portraying the bizarre afterlife of legendary Italian porn actor Rocco Siffredi with crude, hand-drawn animation.
All of the three- to 15-minute films are meant to showcase the artistic range of animation -- or moving image art -- outside what you see on the Cartoon Network. Things get moving at 8 p.m.
Fri., July 28, 8 p.m.