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LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL

Written and Directed by Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo

Additional writing by Jennifer Maisel

Starring:
The Puppets of Lotte Reiniger
with Erica Hanrahan-BallAndrew Diego, and Sean Smith

Music & Sound Design by Carla Patullo (White Widow)

Animation by Elizabeth Beecherl, Matthew Yarrington and Sarah Winters

Background Artwork by Meejin Hong and Carina Simmons

Puppets by Helen Short

Costumes by Allison Dillard

CAST AND CREW

 
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ELIZABETH BEECHERL

Born in Lubbock, Texas, Elizabeth Beecherl is a director and a designer who has worked on projects and installations that have been published in The New York Times, Dwell, and many other design publications.

But after watching Lotte Reiniger’s 1922 movie Cinderella and falling in love with the medium of silhouette animation, she began making films in collaboration with co-director and composer Carla Patullo.

CARLA PATULLO

Carla Patullo is a filmmaker, composer, and songstress who performs live as White Widow. She has written numerous film scores and recently completed the 2018 Sundance Film Music & Sound Design fellowship. Her music and films have won numerous awards, including Global Music Awards, a nomination as a Music and Sound Award Finalist, and multiple Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations. Check out more of her fantastic work here: www.CarlaPatullo.com

Directed by Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo

Written by Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo, and Jennifer Maisel

Starring:
The Puppets of Lotte Reiniger
with Erica Hanrahan-Ball, Andrew Diego, and Sean Smith

Music & Sound Design by Carla Patullo (White Widow)

Animation by Elizabeth Beecherl

Animation Department: Sarah Winters, Matthew Yarrington, Nancy Putnam,  Meejin Hong and Carina Simmons

Puppets by Helen Short

Costumes by Allison Dillard

Choreography: Erica Hanrahan-Ball

Studio Assistant: Julia Maisel - Berick

Special Thanks:
to the USC SCA Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive
and to the Goethe Institute Los Angeles

Vocalists:
 Erica Hanrahan-Ball
Carla Patullo
Andrew Diego
Sean Smith

Strings:
(Lead Violin & Fiddle) Maria Grigoryeva
(Violin) Renata Ulumbekova
(Viola) Elizaveta Berezhnova
(Cello) Lyudmila Kadyrbaeva
(Double Bass) Ivan Myasnikov
Cello Soloist: Alexia Kauffman

Upright Bass: Jennifer Leitham
Drums: Randy Cooke
Orchestrated by Carla Patullo
Score Mixer: Daniel Kresco

 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:

When I first saw one of Lotte Reiniger’s films (it was her 1922 Cinderella), I didn’t immediately realize that she had captured on film one of my favorite experiences. I was just mesmerized, watching in a trance. Much later, after I started making a film about her, I began to understand what drew me in as if by magic. It was the experience of listening to folk tales and scary stories around a campfire. It was the moving light, the crackling and popping sounds, and the obscured face and hands of the storyteller moving back and forth out of the darkness and into the light. It’s an ancient artform, and its simplicity works because it ignites our imaginations. Lotte Reiniger’s films do just this. They are magical and beautiful and utterly compelling.

So why hadn’t I heard of her?

She holds two of the most important achievements in animation; she invented the multiplane camera which was revolutionary for animators, and she created the oldest surviving feature length animation! But these achievements are both often mistakenly credited to Walt Disney because unfortunately, the authors of our history books often skew male and American.

So I became a little obsessed with this lady. I kept finding more of her films and bits of information here and there. And then one day, I discovered the most charming interview with Lotte. It was recorded in 1976, and I started a project of mixing musical themes with her voice, and then playing with timing to create a story out of her answers to the interviewer’s questions. A lot more work happened after that, and I couldn’t be happier with the film. One of Lotte’s great old friends, Paul Gelder, said Lotte would have been thrilled with it as well! Which is such a relief to hear because as we made the film, we were constantly asking ourselves what Lotte, our hero in the shadows, would think of it.

- Carla Patullo


 

 

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