Bay Area International Children's Film Festival 2021

Bay Area Independent Filmmakers Showcase

Expired July 26, 2021 6:45 AM
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Watch these spectacular films from our special guest speakers: ACW, Baobab Studios, Kuku Studios and Tonko House and join us at our LIVE program on Friday, July 23rd at 3:30pm PST where we get to speak with the creators! (Runtime 50mins)

Multi-Emmy®Award-winning Baobab Studios presents Namoo, a narrative poem come to life as an animated short film directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Erick Oh (Opera). Inspired by the passing of Erick’s grandfather, Namoo -- which translates to “tree” in Korean -- follows the meaningful moments of one man’s life from beginning to end and marks Oh’s most personal work to date.

The film, completely hand-painted, follows the journey of a man from his beginning to his end. As a young man, he falls in love with painting and as an adult, he falls in love with another person. Nothing lasts forever, and he eventually finds himself a broken man who puts a bandage -- literally -- on his past and his mind on the future in order to move on. As he faces his own mortality, does he learn to accept the life he’s led?

Namoo is a deeply personal yet surprisingly universal piece that has been created with the hope of uniquely resonating with each audience member. During the pandemic, many wonder what fulfillment is and what are the things we most value when we pass; Namoo explores this head on.

Erick Oh’s films have won numerous awards and honors including an Oscar nomination, this year, for Best Animated Short for “Opera,” which also won the 2020 top prize for content across all artforms awarded by the Korean government. He has been awarded honors at the Annie Awards, Annecy Festival, SIGGRAPH and more. 6-time Emmy Award winning Baobab Studios produced Namoo and is creatively led by Eric Darnell (writer/director of Antz and the Madagascar films).

At 2021’s Sundance and SxSW, the film has garnered mounting critical acclaim:

“The animation in this is beyond reproach. It’s so beautiful and well done, and that helped me get to the place to think about it in the context of other art at [Sundance]... about how artists of all kinds of stripes are grappling with the current moment in history that we’re dealing with right now, the fact that we’re all grappling with mortality and who we want to be, who we’ve forgotten about ourselves and what we need to rekindle. And it’s wonderful that a piece can do that.” - Joan Solsman, CNET

“I can see it win an Academy Award. I think it’s that strong of a piece and it taps into these universal aspects of our life and in such a beautiful way that says so much with actually not saying any words at all.” - Kent Bye, independent critic

"One of the most understated pieces at [Sundance]... the final moments are a visual and aural revelation..." - Randy Astle, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

“It’s one of those pieces that does exactly what it sets out to do. And Baobab is far and away the best studio for not just animation, but animation with strong narratives. They have really risen up…. I came to [Namoo] with this heightened awareness of mortality, like we all have right now, also a heightened awareness of reflecting on our inner child, which is basically what this main character eventually realizes. Art is something that is intrinsic to who he is and at the very end of his life, he has to come out of his darkest place of loneliness by recapturing that joy that he felt with art as a child.” - Jesse Damiani, FORBES

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  • Runtime
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Erick Oh
  • Screenwriter
    Erick Oh
  • Executive Producer
    Eric Darnell, Larry Cutler, Maureen Fan, Kane Lee