Worldwide Tour of Soutehast's Short Film Comes Home
Southeast Missouri State University’s first and only 3-D animated short film, “Death to the Different,” directed by award-winner Peter Chanthanakone, assistant professor of industrial and engineering technology, was presented at the 11th Kansas International Film Festival on Oct. 4 at 7:45 headlining the 3D Animation Short Film Block. It will later play every hour on the hour Friday, Oct. 7, at the Blackdoor Gallery on 124. Spanish St. as part of the First Friday Arts Event.
Prints of the film and upcoming work will also be on display in a rare art exhibit of 3D animation.
Recently, the film was accepted into the International Short Film Festival Detmold in Germany, the 2011 International LUMS Film Festival in Pakistan, the Seventh China International Cartoon and Animation Film Festival in Hangzhou, China, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, the New York City International Film Festival and next month at the Puchon PISAF International Exhibition in Korea.
The film is based on “The Last Dragon,” a story by David Hayes. Chanthanakone said he chose Hayes’ story for his film, because it provides a good, heart-felt storyline that teaches people about the greater good as well as an idea of differences in people.
He and a team of students began creating the film in January 2009 after receiving financial support from Southeast’s Grants and Research Funding. He said the students were invaluable to the process.
Although the film lasts under nine minutes, it packs within its story several complex themes, including a coming-of-age situation. Gabriel, the protagonist of the story, must overcome a difficult task, as each son in the family has to do, when he reaches the age of 14 to enter manhood. Gabriel’s father, Connor, tells him his task is to slay the ferocious neighborhood dragon, but Gabriel might not be ready to become a man. The plot has issues of overcoming diversity and the gap between the youth and the elderly brought on by technology and the lasting effects of a leader’s decisions.
As a short film director specializing in 3-D animated films, Chanthanakone has won several awards from various film festivals, including Top Emerging Artist in 2004 and Best Animation Short Film in 2006.
He received his bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in fine arts/multimedia from McMaster University and his master of fine arts degree with a specialization in 3-D animation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He taught at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., and Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., before coming to Southeast in August 2008.
For more information about “Death to the Different,” visit Chanthanakone’s website, www.pixade.com.
||Blackdoor Gallery, 124 S. Spanish St.
||Free and open to the public