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HANGING BY A THREAD
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HANGING BY A THREAD
 
NY Premiere

Director: Catya Plate

United States, 2013, 10min
Festival Year: 2014
Category: Animation
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Winner: Spirit Award

Crew:  Producers: Catya Plate - Screenwriters: Catya Plate - Cinematographer: Catya Plate - Editor: Todd Aven - Composer: Kevin Bartlett
Email:  catyacatyaplate.com

synopsis
It's the future, and humanity appears to be but a memory, existing only in scattered pieces. That is until a pillow's needlepoint rendering of three individuals, collectively known as the Clothespin Freaks, finds the spark of life and surfaces to fulfill their destinies, hinted at by their names (Brain Grabber, Pelvis Catcher and Foot Licker). Once aware of their purpose, the group begins assembling the remains of humanity they see all around them.



about the director
Catya Plate, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a Brooklyn based artist and award-winning filmmaker. Raised in Germany, she attended the Werkkunstschule, Köln, before coming to New York in 1987 through a Fulbright Scholarship. She has been exhibiting regularly and internationally since the mid-1980's and her work is in many public and private collections worldwide. In 1996 she received the AIM Award from the Bronx Museum of the Arts and in 2008 her work was selected for permanent inclusion in the Art Base of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. In 2009, she created Clothespin Freak Productions to bring her "Clothespin Freaks" to life through stop-motion animation short films. Plate's first film, "The Reading" won Best Animation at STIFF in 2012. Her recent film "Hanging By A Thread" is the first in a trilogy and won Best Animated Short in Nevada City in 2013.
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filmmaker's note
"Hanging By A Thread" is the first in a trilogy of animated short films, introducing the peculiar two-headed anthropomorphic clothespins who may save our future. The "Clothespin Freak", a two-headed figure (after all "two heads are better than one!") made of a clear clothespin and sewn pieces, is a character that I invented in 2003 in a series of drawings. The idea behind the invention of the "Clothespin Freak" was to create, in a serio-comic way, a new mythology that would serve as a coping mechanism in our angst-ridden times. Living in a world that is obsessed with technology and immortality, I have always felt the urge to produce work that reclaims the use of once-feminized materials and focuses on the small and the unassuming. "Hanging By A Thread" realizes this philosophy with clothespins, thread and fabric.

notes
Director Catya Plate will be available for a Q&A after the screening.

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