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Consuming Spirits (2012)

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Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan's Consuming Spirits is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques - cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage, and stop-motion animation—into a distinct, signature visual style. In the process, he constructs a hypnotic, layered narrative, a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town. The pacing of Consuming Spirits unfolds in a slow, deliberate fashion, akin to the work of such independent filmmakers as Dennis Potter, Terence Davies, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. Like these live-action filmmakers, every frame of Sullivan's animation film is crafted with attention to intricate detail. The accumulation of these images builds to a great atmospheric effect, achieved through an adroit combination of inventive set design, ever-shifting visual perspectives, fluid camera movements, a vivid color palette, and a haunting music track. Sullivan succeeds in creating, with great artistry, a hermetic, self-contained world emanating from his own unique and vivid imagination.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 12th, 2012 (Limited)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 135 minutes
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Keywords: Accidental Death, Cover Up, Addiction, Mental Illness, Suicide, Foster Family, Infidelity
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Hand Animation
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Chris Sullivan
Production Countries: United States

Leading Cast

   Earl Gray
   Gentian Violet
   Victor Blue

Supporting Cast

Chris Harris   
Judith Rafael   
Mary Lou Zelazry   

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Production and Technical Credits

Chris Sullivan    Screenwriter
Chris Sullivan    Producer
Chris Sullivan    Editor
Chris Sullivan    Associate Producer
Chris Sullivan    Director of Photography
Chris Sullivan    Production Designer
Chris Sullivan    Executive Producer
Chris Sullivan    Composer
Chris Sullivan    Co-Producer
Chris Sullivan    Lead Animator
Corinne Faiella    Lead Animator
Shelly Dodson    Lead Animation
Chris Sullivan    Sound Designer

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