Among the high profile films slated for competition this year at the 2010 Savannah Film Festival are Tanya Hamilton’s “Night Catches Us,” a new short from Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton, and Nick Moran’s “The Kid” starring Rupert Friend and Natascha McElhone. The festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, runs in downtown Savannah from October 30 to November 6.
Plympton’s new animated short, “The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger,” is billed as a children’s fable about the power of advertising. It tells the tale of a cow who becomes seduced by hamburger adverts, only to accept his fate as a product for consumption. Another short in competition comes from Emmy Award-nominated MTV animator Patrick Smith, who will screen “Masks,” a “Fantasia” inspired animated interpretation of the music of rock musician Karl von Kries. A notable live action short in this year’s lineup is Amy Grappell’s “Quadrangle,” which has won a slew of awards including Best Documentary Short at SXSW, and Best Short Film at the Dallas International Film Festival. The film tracks the lives of two middle-class couples who engaged in a unusual four-way love affair during the free-love zeitgeist of the ’60s and ’70s.
Features this year include the aforementioned “The Kid,” and “Night Catches Us.” “The Kid,” based on the best-selling memoir of the same name, tells the tale of a young man, beaten and bullied at home, who becomes caught up in the criminal underworld of London. “Night” meanwhile chronicles the aftermath of the black power movement in 1976.
This year’s competition jurors include director James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”); producer Amy Robinson (“Julie & Julia”); Kaila York, founder of Headlong Entertainment, and many others.
For more information on the films in competition check out the festival’s website.