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Squeaky Wheel’s Outdoor Animation Festival

For ten years now, Squeaky Wheel has been delivering its incredibly awesome Outdoor Animation Festival. Along with some eye-popping films, guests are invited to check out Squeaky Wheel’s Stop Motion Animation Station – this is all served up at Days Park in Allentown on July 27, 2013 starting around 8:30pm.

While the outdoor festival will feature inspirational animation films from all age groups (and for all age groups), the post-cinema gathering will take place at The Backroom of Hardware. The late night show will push the envelope by featuring some flicks by “infamous animation bandits” such as David Shrigley, Don Hertzfeldt – that show starts around 10:30pm (Five bone$ and a special ‘shave and a haircut’ knock will get you in the back door). For all of the details, click here.

Here’s the line-up for the outdoor film festival:

Secret Bee (2011) | 2:30 | Gina Kamentsky

Secret Bee ventures toward the sweet honey- spot where representation and surface push and pull each other like a two-headed lama. Film footage was produced frame by frame, painting and drawing directly on found film stock resulting in a cavalcade of color and image. Secret Bee features a super twisted piece of music “A Drink on Spike Jones” by Sonic de/constructor extraordinaire Dave Phillips.

Ants That Count | 4:30 | NPR
Desert ants have a nifty way of finding their way back home after a foray out of the nest to find food — they count their steps. To prove it, some scientists devised a creative experiment that showed just how the little guys do it. NPR’s Robert Krulwich and Odd Todd explain. Produced by Jason Orfanon.

Procrastination | 4:15 | Johnny Kelly
An investigative and exploratory hands–on, gloves-off study into the practice of putting things ‘off’. Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first.

The Seed | 2:10 | Johnny Kelly
An epic voyage through nature’s life cycle following the trials and tribulations of a humble apple seed. Through his commercial practice at Nexus Productions, he has worked with clients such as Adobe, BMW, the International Olympic Committee and Vitra, in addition to multiple cross-platform projects with Google.

Two Chips | 1:45 | Adam Patch
The wife of animator Adam Patch attempted to tell him a joke one day… while drunk. He recorded the joke and then animated it. This is the hilarious result.

Coversong | 1:46 | Eric Dyer
Motion hidden underfoot. Manhole covers are transformed into a crazy rush of kinetic mandalas. Dyer is now working on large-scale animated installations and live visual performances of his zoetrope-like sculptures:

Sick Leave | 1:15 | Jake Fried
Hand-drawn animation with ink and white-out. More at

Bohemian Town | 2:42 | Helen Hill
An animated cut-out puppet farewell to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Music by Piggy, The Calypso Orchestra of the Maritimes.

Tequila Horse | 01:18 | Brandon Ray
Raul Rivas submitted the joke, “Tequila Horse,” a family favorite passed down from his mom. Now it’s everyone else’s turn! Your jokes + my animation = Paper People Jokes! Submit your jokes to

Beauty in Danger | 2:02 | Brian Alfred
Collaborative short film with artist Brian Alfred and musician Ian Williams.

What’s Invisible? More than you think. | 08:48 | John Lloyd
Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd’s classic TEDTalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know. Produced by Cognitive Media.

Shugo Tokumaru “Katachi” | 03:05 | Kijek/Adamski
”Katachi” means “shape”. The video is made with approx. 2000 silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using computer-controlled cutter. Making of:

A Brief History of John Baldessari | 05:55 | Supermarché, Inc
The epic life of a world-class artist, jammed into six minutes. 
Narrated by Tom Waits.
Commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala” honoring John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood. Produced by Mandy Yaeger & Erin Wright.

Flying Bird | 01:04 | Maria Ziaja
A young bird enjoys a flight, until…………. Produced in Squeaky Wheel’s Tech Arts for Girls workshop. Video and sound by Maria Ziaja, age 12.
*You can view this video here:

One Speck in The Universe | 00:45 | Maria Ziaja
Life is what we are. Written & Produced in Squeaky Wheel’s Tech Arts for Girls workshop. Video and sound by Maria Ziaja, age 12.
*You can view this video here, at the 2:16 mark:

Lego Dance | 00:29 | Annette Jung
You know who is doing the Lego dance. Lego animation by Annette Jung of Talking Animals, a young and fresh animation studio in Berlin, Germany.

I Chi | 02:30 | Ewan Jones Morris
Animation and collages by Ewan Jones Morris (Cardiff, UK). “I Chi” is from Pinkunoizu EP “Second Amendment”, released by indie label, Everybodys Stalking.

Illustrated Aliens: Planets 1-4 | Andy Martin
These animations are from Andy’s ongoing illustration project ‘Handymartian’s Illustrated Aliens’. Andy is an animator, illustrator and music maker, originally from Sheffield but now based in London. Website: |Blog: Tumblr: |

Lead image: Squeaky Wheel


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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