|Cast: ||Catya Plate|
|Crew: ||Producers: Catya Plate - Editor: Todd Aven|
The Reading is the darkly hilarious tale of a woman who awakens to the ringing of a doorbell to find an invitation to a Clothespin Tarot reading slipped under the door by a mysterious Tiny Messenger. Following the instructions, she arrives at another door where, with a deck of Tarot cards in her hands, she transforms into The Puppet and enters the bizarre world of the Clothespin Freaks. In this miniaturized world, The Reader guides The Puppet through the selection of seven Clothespin Tarot cards. As the Tarot reading unfolds, the Clothespin Freak representing each of the selected cards enacts its whimsical tale for The Puppet sitting before a stage and screen. Clothespins have long played a key role in Plate's art. Seeing the shape of the clothespin as an analogue for the human body, she created the Clothespin Freaks: two-headed figures made of custom-made clear plastic plastic clothespins, doll's body parts and sewn pieces. Based on Plate's Clothespin Tarot artist's book, drawings and Clothespin Freak characters, The Reading is the natural progression where these Clothespin Freak characters come alive through animation.
Catya Plate, born in Barcelona, Spain, and raised in Germany, is a Brooklyn based award winning filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. Her animated films, sculptures, paintings, and drawings explore the ephemeral nature of existence by creating an alternative universe, which exposes, among other things, humanity's impact on the environment. Catya is a Fulbright Alumna and has been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1980's. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide, like the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. Articles and reviews about her films and projects have appeared in Film Threat, BOOM!Film Reviews, The New York Times and The Independent, and others. In 2009, she created Clothespin Freak Productions to bring her “Clothespin Freaks” characters to life through stop-motion animation short films. In 2012, her first film "The Reading", was awarded Best Animated Film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Her second film “Hanging By A Thread”, screened at over 22 film festivals in the US and abroad, like the Academy Award-qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival and won 9 awards. "Meeting MacGuffin", the sequel of “Hanging By A Thread” and second in a trilogy of shorts was completed in February 2017 and is currently making its rounds in the international film festival circuit. "Meeting MacGuffin" has won many awards, among them the GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Short at the Academy-Award qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival-Vortex in October 2017.
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