Trick Studio Presents An Award Winning Documentary About Female Film Pioneer Lotte Reiniger

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Trick Studio Presents An Award Winning Documentary About Female Film Pioneer Lotte Reiniger

Before Walt Disney, there was a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation. Influenced by folktales and legends, Lotte Reiniger was a tour de force of creativity and innovation: she invented the multiplane camera and created the first animated feature. This stunning film explores the life and times of a woman who is finally being given her due.  The film just won Best Short Film at the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund, and is headed to the Newport Beach Film Festival next!


"No one else has taken a specific animation technique and made it so utterly her own.... To date she has no rivals, and for all practical purposes the history of silhouette animation begins and ends with Reiniger." - Philip Kemp, BFI

Lotte Reiniger was a ground-breaking inventor and innovator. Her unique methods of storytelling and visual style inspired many, including modern day filmmakers Henry Selick, Anthony Lucas and Trick Studio. Her 1926 film, THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED is the oldest surviving feature length animation. She also invented the multi-plane camera, which revolutionized the world of animation. Her narration in LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL is utterly charming, self-deprecating, and quite magical.

Co-directors Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo make films in Los Angeles under the name Trick Studio.

Elizabeth was born in Lubbock, Texas and studied architecture at the University of Virginia. She has worked as an architect for several years on projects that have been published in The New York Times, Dwell, and many other design publications. She started animating and making films after watching Lotte Reiniger's 1922 movie Cinderella and falling in love with the medium of silhouette animation.

Carla is both filmmaker and composer for Lotte that Silhouette Girl. Known for musical ambition, sonic soundscapes, and stirring emotional content, her scores have received numerous awards including a Global Music Award, a Platinum Remi, and a Hollywood Music in Media Award nomination. Carla is also a songstress who records and performs live as White Widow.

LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL (2018, 10 mins.) Directed by Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo. Produced by Trick Studio. Written by Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo, and Jennifer Maisel. Narrated by Lotte Reiniger. Music by Carla Patullo. Animation by Elizabeth Beecherl. Animation Artists: Meejin Hong, Sarah Winters, Matt Yarrington Nancy Putnam. Puppet Design by Helen Short. Costuming by Allison Dillard. With Erica Hanrahan-Ball (Juliet) and Andrew Diego (Romeo). USA. English. A Trick Studio release.

Sunday 05/29 - The Triangle 9 - 11:00 AM
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