|Cast: ||Richard Steven Horvitz, Misty Lee, John McBride|
|Crew: ||Producers: Catya Plate, Todd Aven - Screenwriters: Catya Plate - Sound Editing, Foley, Re-recording: Matt Davies, MPSE, Rich Bussey, Kevin Hill, Jaime Horrigan - Animation: Catya Plate - DOP: Catya Plate - Music Composition, Original Score: Zac Zinger - Cinematography: Catya Plate - Script Edit: Sara McDermott Jain - Titles, Trailer: Carolyn Maher - Production Assistant: Nikko Cruz, Nadia DeLane - Intern: Maggie Boyd - Film Edit, Post Production, Consulting: Todd Aven
In a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has fallen apart, a group of scientists and an animated sign complete the construction of a new human race and meet a groundhog climatologist who prepares them for their mission to restore balance to the decimated Earth.
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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Living in a world that is obsessed with technology and immortality, Catya Plate has always felt the urge to produce work that reclaims the use of once feminized materials, like thread and fabric, and that casts a particular focus on conventional domestic and low-tech items such as clothespins. In her sculptures, installations, paintings, and drawings, she's been relating these materials to concepts such as mortality, ambiguity, transformation and vulnerability to talk about the ephemeral nature of existence, questioning certain aspects of the human condition. All these concepts and materials re-appear in her animated films within the context of a larger fabricated universe. This alternate futuristic universe is inhabited by ‘Clothespin Freaks’, two-headed humanoid figures made of clear clothespins and sewn pieces. With the help of other invented creatures, these smart and kind-hearted mutations are commissioned to fix a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has fallen apart. Plate invented the Clothespin Freaks in 2003 in a series of drawings, collectively called the Clothespin Tarot Drawings. These whimsical Clothespin Freaks create, in a serio-comic way, a new mythology that serves as a coping mechanism in our angst-ridden times; these unlikely heroes are other-worldly scientists whose mission is to construct a new form of humanity.