Don Hertzfeldt 

'An Evening with Don Hertzfelt' features shorts and Rochester premiere of I Am So Proud of You

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Acclaimed animator Don Hertzfeldt returns to the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House at 8 p.m. Saturday Nov 15, to present a series of new films including the Rochester premiere of his latest work, I am So Proud of You. He will answer audience questions following the program.

A selection of Hertzfeldt's classic animated shorts will be featured, concluding with his newest work, and longest piece to date, I Am So Proud of You. To premiere this eagerly antcipated film, Hertzfeldt is taking it on a 16-city tour across the United States, including the Dryden, where he welcomed a sold-out crowd in 2005. His current tour, which has sold out in all cities thus far, promises "an embarrassing live onstage interview." I Am So Proud of You is the second chapter to Everything will be OK — winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Jury Award in Short Filmmaking and named by many critics as one of the best films of 2007 — the devastating tale of a sad stick figure of an everyman named Bill whose perception is crumbling due to a mental disorder that may also be killing him. I Am So Proud of You, which just earned honors at the Hamptons International Film Festival, shows how dark family secrets cast shadows over our hero Bill's recovery. Hertzfeldt creates his films with traditional pen and paper animation, without the aid of computers. Instead he works mainly with 16mm or 35mm film cameras and occasionally employs older special effect techniques such as multiple exposures, in-camera mattes, and experimental photography. I Am So Proud of You was shot entirely on an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last remaining cameras of its kind in the country, with all special-effects work done by hand. The 22-minute film was nearly two years in the making. Hertzfeldt, 32, was nominated for the 2001 Academy Award® for Animated Short Film for his fifth major film, Rejected. In 2003, he co-founded The Animation Show with Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge. This personally curated touring festival brought animated short films to more American theaters than any distributor in history. Hertzfeldt's films — which are on deposit in the motion picture archives at George Eastman House — have been seen in more than a thousand film festivals and theatrical venues around the world and have received more than 100 awards. "Over the last ten years, a loyal cult following has developed for Hertzfeldt's surreal, existentially philosophical, and uproariously funny work," said Jim Healy, assistant curator of motion pictures at George Eastman House. Advance tickets for the Nov. 15 Hertzfeldt event are on sale now at $10 general admission and $8 members and students. Tickets can be purchased at; evenings at the Dryden box office; during the day Tuesday through Sunday at the Eastman House admissions desk; or by calling (585) 271-3361 ext. 295. (Please note: No Take-10 tickets are passes will be accepted.) Media Contact: Dresden Engle  (585) 271.3361 ext. 213