Animation can be used to deliver heart-warming stories of CGI critters having fun in unbelievable environments, but it can also be used to startling effect to explore the darker and deeper elements of the human experience.
Take for example, [Rocks in My Pockets](movie:1493738), a fantastical, but true, animated tale from Signe Baumane. The film explores the lives of five women of Baumane's family - including Signe - who lived during a time of upheaval in Eastern Europe. The story delves into many facets, especially depression and madness, and employs a combination of different animation techniques. Check out the trailer below:
Signe Baumane is a Latvian born New York based independent animator who has produced animated shorts that have been shown in over 200 film festivals, however, Rocks In My Pockets is her first feature film. It will also be the first animated movie to ever be chosen in the Official Selection of the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Here's what Baumane had to say about her film:
In some ways 'Rocks In My Pockets' is an old-fashioned detective story. Me digging into family history, searching for clues, figuring things out - why some of us have obsessive suicidal thoughts, why we break down, what makes us who we are, and in the end what saves us. Hopefully people find the film entertaining. And perhaps some important conversations will come out of it, as well.
There's no official release date yet, but is expected to be available on online or via downloads in the not too distant future.
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