An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt featuring It's Such A Beautiful Day

Monday, April 2
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1hr 11mins // directed by:Don Hertzfeldt

Cult animator and Academy Award nominee Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, Billy's Balloon, the Meaning of Life) is coming to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for a rare one-night-only event! A selection of Don's classic animated shorts will return to the big screen, culminating in the exclusive Boston-area premiere of his newest film, It's such a beautiful day: the third and final chapter in a trilogy about a mysterious man named Bill.

Chapter One, Everything will be OK, won the Sundance Film Festival's Jury Award in Short Filmmaking and was named by many critics as one of the "best films of 2007".

Chapter Two, I am so proud of you, received twenty-seven awards and was described by the San Francisco International Film Festival as "[his] best yet... even the Hertzfeldt faithful may be too stunned to laugh."

Nearly two years in the making, the 23-minute It's such a beautiful day is Don's longest, and most ambitious piece to date: blending traditional animation, experimental optical effects, trick photography, and new digital hyrbids; printed out one frame at a time, the movie was captured entirely on an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last remaining cameras of its kind left in America.

The entire animated trilogy, along with some additional classic Hertzfeldt shorts, will be screened together for the first time via new 35mm prints, immediately followed by a live on-stage Q&A session with Hertzfeldt, moderated by Adam Savje, Studio Manager for the Animation Department at MassArt.

Don Hertzfeldt's animated films have been featured in over a thousand film festivals and venues around the world and have collectively received over 150 international awards. Some notable honors include a Short Film Palm D'or nomination at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival (Billy's Balloon), a 2001 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short (Rejected), the Sundance Film Festival's Jury Award in Short Filmmaking (Everything will be OK), and Best Picture and Best Screenplay from the Fargo Film Festival (I am so proud of you). In 2010, Don received the San Francisco International Film Festival's "Persistence of Vision" Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 33.