The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce its lineup of award-winning animated short films: Saturday Morning Cartoons for Grown-ups with special guests Amos Sussigan and Dan Lund. This animation showcase features acclaimed shorts from around the world including 2020 Academy Award nominee Sister. The program concludes with a screening of Coaster followed by a presentation and Q&A with filmmakers Amos Sussigan and Dan Lund.
The Saturday Morning Cartoons for Grown-Ups animation showcase will screen at 10:00am Saturday, March 21 at the Fargo Theatre.
Coaster filmmakers Amos Sussigan and Dan Lund will appear live on stage following the screening for a presentation and Q&A.
Tickets are now on sale at the Fargo Theatre box office and online.
Sister is an Academy Award nominated animated short. In the film, a man recalls childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990s China. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?
Coaster is a coming-of-age animated short about a recent graduate experiencing the literal ups and downs of adulthood after moving into his first house, which happens to be built atop a roller coaster in sync with his emotions. Filmmaker bios are included on the next page of the release. Visit: https://www.coastermovie.com/ for more information about the film.
After working at Paramount Pictures, Disney, Fox, DreamWorks and Netflix, Amos is now an artist for Ryan Coogler’s Space Jam 2 at Warner Brothers. Outside his studio work, Amos is a published author and has been awarded for writing and directing Broken Wing (2012), Swan Cake (2013), and art directing and co-producing Aria For A
Cow (2015)- featuring one of the last songs of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) screening at more than 60 International Film Festivals.
Dan Lund has been a Disney effects animator/designer as well as an independent filmmaker for 30 years. His role as EFX Design Lead on Frozen was to conceptualize and animate effects traditionally then work with the CGI animators in following it through to completion. Dan began his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1989 as a Production Assistant and then went on to learn Disney effects animation while working on the Oscar nominated Beauty and the Beast. He has gone on to work on such films as Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, Moana, and Frozen 2.
Dan directed the documentary Dream on Silly Dreamer in
2005, for which he received a certificate of Merit from
ASIFA. He was awarded Best Director from the York Film
Festival for his feature length documentary Death Becomes
Them, The Musical. He also directed the animated short Aria for a Cow based on the never before heard song from Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. He is very active outside of the studio system with his own independent filmmaking projects including the animated shorts Hildy Hildy and the web series Jeffrey The Series.