Don’s mum must be proud.
Don Hertzfeldt’s event took place last night and was good and it really was busy. How in sweet jesus does he do that? When I think of other really good animators I think it would be hard to fill Cinema 1 in the Curzon. I think it might be because his work shines out on the internet, he has a very clear graphic style and the writing is really funny and a little bit dark, plus it works if you watch ten seconds of it, and holds up over 70 minutes too. He did say in the Q&A that he wasn’t especially into people watching the films on the web and it’s well-known that he works on film because he prefers to present it in a theatrical setting but I think the cinema was full of people who had got into the work online.
Anyway, one of my favourite moments in his new film I’m so proud of you, was when Bill was standing at a bus stop and a man operating a leaf blower comes by. He lingers for a long time blowing a leaf that’s stuck on the pavement, and the blower is quite noisy and knowing what we know about Bill’s fragile state of mind, it becomes unbearable tense but funny all at once. Don did talk about those kinds of moments in his films taking a long time to get right and eventually being down to a few frames here and there. It was evident that he really relished the making of the films and that he was doing just exactly what he wanted with his life. Hooray to that!
Here’s a blurry picture: