animated feature film Rocks In My Pockets will have its world premiere
49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It is the first animated
film in the history of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival to be chosen for the
Official Selection – Competition program. The premiere will take place on Monday July 7th,
2014, at 8:00 p.m. in the 1,146 seat Grand Hall.
In My Pockets, a fantastical tale based on true events, is about five
women of Signe Baumane’s family, including herself, and their battles with
depression and madness. The film combines a historical sweep with deeply personal stories of
family secrets, art, romance, marriage, nature and Eastern European upheaval,
all in the quest for sanity. Baumane employs a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché, stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation producing a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.
Signe Baumane is a Latvian born New York
based independent animator. Her fifteen
animated shorts have been screened in over 200 film festivals around the world
including Sundance and Berlinale. Rocks In My Pockets is her first
Ms. Baumane says, “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.”
“Rocks In My Pockets” has been
produced by Signe Baumane along with co-producer Sturgis Warner. Women Make
Movies was the project’s fiscal facilitator. 800 backers supported the film in
a successful Kickstarter campaign.
“Rocks In My Pockets” will be
distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Zeitgeist
Films. Locomotive Productions is co-producing a Latvian version. New Europe
Film Sales is the sales agent for the rest of the world. Online streaming and
downloads will be available through Yekra, Ltd.