Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Thee Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot News!

This Saturday we'll be hanging out at the old Josephine space in Ballard, now called the Woodland Theatre. Kenneth Piekarski has his newly built Weird Sounds studio in there, and that's where we'll be conducting interviews for my animated short documentary. I'll be posting photos of the shenanigans soon. Members of The Accused, Dehumanizers will share stories about how the TDO changed the Seattle scene and led to several riots between police and teenagers.... including THE INFAMOUS KITSAP FERRY RIOT!






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot

"The Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot" animated documentary and graphic novel.

The focus of this project, right now, is to add more context to the Teen Dance Ordinance as it affected the all ages scene from it's inception through to the ferry riot in 1987. I got a copy of the TDO from the City of Seattle and noticed that some of the very first words in the ordinance talks about police power. I've talked to people who witnessed brutality by police right after the TDO of 1985 went into effect at The Circle Jerks Riot at Gorilla Gardens in Nov 1985. The Monastery was in the news for it's reputation as a haven for teen sex and drugs, but Gorilla Gardens had similar problems as well. Right after the TDO was in effect, the police went in and shut it down forcefully by inciting a riot. There were a couple other incidents between police and punks at various locations in Seattle before the all ages scene totally dried up. All ages shows moved to Tacoma, Bremerton, Bellevue and Everett, and they also had problems after awhile. By the time the Kitsap Ferry Riot happened, kids had experience dealing with cops. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Full Tilt Ice Cream Ad showing at SIFF 2017

 Awhile back I made an animated ad for Full Tilt Ice Cream. Looks like it'll be playing before selected films at SIFF 2017.

click here to see the ad.





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Cutter" music video by R.Ring out now!

I love this song. It was a blast making the video. Fuck yes. And the CD cover and LP gatefold looks amazing. Much love to Mike and Kelley.




"Clyde and Chris’ imagery captures perfectly those feelings of shame, isolation and aggressive carelessness that the lyrics evoke.”






Click here to see R.Ring's video for "Cutter."











Saturday, February 4, 2017

Squid Knuckle

"Squid Knuckle" lives in the suburban housing development of May's Pond during the mid 1980's when latchkey kids were the norm. Tweens and teens are left to their own devices, experimenting with drugs and alcohol unwittingly provided by their own parents. It's about sneaking out late at night, discovering porn mags, shoplifting, running from the cops, and dodging creeps in the woods."

This is my long term film project. I'm still fleshing out the story. Actually, the story is complete, there is just no ending. I don't know if there needs to be an ending. If there is no ending, and the story just drops off, will it matter to the audience? I guess I'm feeling a bit experimental about the storyline itself, and the film may simply be a series of vignettes.

I'm hoping to have a vignette finished by Summer 2017, so I can pitch it for some funding. I don't need a lot of money, just enough to afford paper and paint and maybe pay some bills along the way. I don't feel confident about a kickstarter or gofundme at this time, but I'm hoping I can find some grant money to get started.

More music videos on the way..

In late December, Clyde called me up and told me he was talking to R.Ring about a music video for their new album. I was holding onto some unused footage that happened to fit perfectly to their song, "Cutter." The animation was done similar in style to Torrey Pines, meaning paper puppets shot on a multi-plane rig. In a week, I had animated a few new scenes and Clyde edited it all together. It all happened really fast and to our surprise, Kelley and Mike loved it! In fact, so much that we ended up using two scenes from the video for the cover art.



We are also working on a beautiful live action/animated video for Aye Nako. This video is a group effort divided between several Seattle area animators. The video contains a bounty of hand drawn hallucinations as the band members eat magic mushrooms at Coney Island. The live action was beautifully shot in New York, the animated psychedelic effects and drawings are bright and colorful.




Thursday, October 27, 2016

Torrey Pines Premieres at TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival!

The TORREY PINES premiere took place opening night of TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival to a sold out audience. A group of 20+ musicians including Kimya Dawson, Lori Goldston, EARTH, The Beaconettes and Yr Heart Breaks played a live score while Susie Kozawa performed live foley.

A few days later, I was honored to speak at the encore screening of TORREY PINES. I was amazed how many questions were asked and it felt great to represent our film in that way.

In the end TORREY PINES walked away with a Jury Award for Artistic Achievement.

Way to go team!