Suzan Pitt
El Doctor
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EL DOCTOR
(24 minutes, 35mm and digital)

EL DOCTOR is a dark animated poem set in a crumbling Mexican hospital about 1920. Inhabited by surreal characters including the man shot with one hundred holes, the girl who sprouted morning-glories, and the woman who thinks she is a horse, the Doctor prefers to drink. The Saint of Holes and a mysterious gargoyle rearrange the Doctor's fated demise and send him on a dark and twisted journey.

The film celebrates the nature of perception and the miraculous. Over five years in production the film was entirely hand painted by artists in Los Angeles and Mexico.

Click here to play a quicktime video from "El Doctor"

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"Tinged with elements of magic realism and Mexican culture, and told using vivid oil colors, American animation El Doctor is a dazzling, haunting and poignant evocation of a man's final moments."

(Chris Robinson, ANIMATION WORLD MAGAZINE)

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"It's safe to say the legendarily absurdist Luis Bu˝uel might have sparked to the sordid, gruesome charms of renowned animator Suzan Pitt's five-years-in-the-making short "El Doctor". A trippy, magic-realist expedition through the mind of a pickled old Mexican doctor on his regret-filled last day on Earth, "El Doctor" makes rich use of Pitt's hand-drawn movement technique: Her squirmy human (and nonhuman) forms wiggle in the frame like a bacteria party in a festive petri dish. She also incorporates other dazzling experimental processes, including sand animation and painting directly onto film stock. Overall the effect is playfully grim and somehow wondrous, an ode to the living, breathing fantastic in Mexican folk art."

(Robert Abele, LA TIMES)

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PRIZES:

Best Short Film, Sin Fronteras Film Festival, New Mexico (2006)

Special Jury Prize, Huesca International Film Festival, Spain (2006)

Best Animated Film, Ojai International Film Festival, Ojai, California (2006)

First Prize for Animation, Morelia International Film Festival, Michoacan, Morelia, Mexico (2006)

First Prize for Animation, Arizona International Film Festival, Tucson, Arizona (2007)

Special Jury Prize, I Reel Film Festival, Seattle, Washington (2007)

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Screenings:
2006:

SIN FRONTERAS FILM FESTIVAL, New Mexico

INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL Hiroshima, Japan

TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL, Taiwan

DALLAS VIDEO FEST

CINESOL

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL, Canada

DENVER FILM FESTIVAL

ANIMACOR, Cordoba, Spain

OJAI FILM FESTVAL

LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

MORELIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Mexico

REDCAT THEATER, Disney Hall, Los Angeles

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York City "SUZAN PITT RETROSPECTIVE"

PBS Broadcast on WNET, New York

PBS Broadcast on KTEH, San Francisco

NEW JERSEY FILM FESTIVAL, New Brunswick, New Jersey

CINANIMA, Espineho, Portugal

BOSTON LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

CINEFESTVAL, San Antonio, Texas

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY FILM SERIES, St.Louis


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2007:

SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL

KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE

IMAGE FORUM FILM FESTIVAL, Tokyo, Japan

CINANIMA

THE 14TH STUTTGART INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM, Germany

CINE LAS AMERICAS

ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL

CINEMAS

SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

NEW GENRE VIDEO FESTIVAL, Tulsa Oklahoma

PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA, Linz, Austria

FESTIVAL DE CINE ESPANOL, Spain

ANIMA MUNDI 2007, Brazil

MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL

SICAF 2007 ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL, Seoul, Korea

CORTOCINEMA 2007, Leon, Mexico

THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (MIAF), Australia

NY VIDEO FESTIVAL AT LINCOLN CENTER, New York

LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL

SEATTLE 1 REEL FILM FESTIVAL, Seattle, Washington

ANIMATION MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL, Bendigo, Australia

KROK INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL, Ukraine

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS FESTIVAL OF FILM AND MEDIA ARTS, Washington DC

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