GLAS Animation is hosting a lineup of animated shorts in a program called Autonomous LA on Thursday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8:30 p.m., followed by a performance by John Daker, the animated bandmate of Sophie Koko Gate, Rachel Sale, and Skillbard (Vincent Oliver and Tom Carrell), which begins at 10 p.m.
Autonomous LA features films by Sally Cruikshank, Kirsten Lepore (one of Variety‘s 10 Animators to Watch this year), David OReilly, Vincent Tsui, Allison Schulnik, David Lewandowski, Kangmin Kim, Joe Bennett, Conner Griffith, and Song E. Kim.
“This screening highlights films made by a younger generation, creating work in the epicenter for commercial entertainment, Los Angeles,” GLAS Animation organizers said in announcing the program.
A panel discussion on the importance, difficulties, and successes of creating independent animation will follow the screening.
John Daker is a computer-animated character that dances along with his live-action bandmates.
The event will be held at Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased though the GLAS Animation website.
The GLAS Animation Festival, which debuted just two years ago in Berkeley, Calif., has already received accolades from around the world. Its goal is to introduce new voices and ideas from independent animators worldwide. The festival has featured such industry luminaries as Brad Bird and Henry Selick as special guests. The 2018 edition will be held March 22-25 and is already accepting submissions.