|Winner: Special Prize For Motion Graphics|
|Crew: ||Producers: Eddy Falconer - Screenwriters: Eddy Falconer
The Death family is caught up in civic power struggles, natural and economic disasters, to the advantage of some and disadvantage of others. A not-too-linear story of gentrification wars that is humorously bleak, partly fantasy, and yet kinda real. A San Francisco native and a queer, the artist has created this cut-out animation with hand-painted and digital means. It is based not only on observation in Bay Area struggles, but on years spent in Berlin and New York watching and experiencing social and historical processes. Cartoon and collage at the visual level, Its fragmented use of language references Dadaist modes of expressing and processing trauma. HOPPLA is a little bit Brecht and a little bit Ubu, yet also definitely personal and contemporary.
Eddy Falconer is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in Northern California. Past major film and video works have included IBERIA (2006), which won Best Avant-Garde Picture at the Swansea Bay International Film Festival '07, and TAROT OF BERLIN (1998), shot in the aftermath of the fall of the Wall and completed in the US. Other endeavors have included avant-garde theater, performance art, drawing, painting, writing, and photography.
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I have this theory that if you push really hard in a limited direction, defined by structural elements or extreme, even exaggerated point of view, wild fantastical worlds emerge that can shift the center of ordinary thought to apprehend or consider another parameter. In my case sometimes this has resulted in some exploration of utopian/dystopian territories, and also in the articulation of worlds and patterns whose substrate are seemingly random and esoteric belief systems. I have tried in some early works to do this by referencing stringent color schemes or astrological motifs; conscious, alternative communities have sometimes assisted me in these efforts, and in other attempts, the community is realized as fictional or semi-fable-like content. Other concerns are ontological or metaphysical or theatrical or to do with mask and identity. The joke of HOPPLA!!! might be that outside of documentary, it's the most realistic thing I've made!