Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018

You Can’t Play With Us

Thursday, April 12 at 10:15 PM
Friday, April 13 at 10:30 PM

Shorts Block: Late-Night Mixtape
Jason Rhein | New Orleans, LA | 15 min
Genre: Animation

A sensitive, friendly dinosaur named Delux tries to befriend a cliquey group of winged unicorns that live on top of a remote mountain. This whimsical, sunny fairy tale features elaborate set designs and a cleverly written musical score.

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Meet The Filmmakers

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Serene Bacigalupi & Jason Rhein:

1. What is your connection to the South?

In 2015, our Co-Creator, Serene Bacigalupi moved to New Orleans from New York City to explore puppetry. In a lucky twist of fate, she quickly met renowned puppet designer Jacques Duffourc, and began a project to bring her monster paintings to life through puppetry and film. This collaborative work wouldn’t have been possible without the dedicated artists we have been able to find in New Orleans; we are lucky to be based in such a creative Southern city!

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

The characters and concepts already existed in the world of Leroy’s Place; we wanted the challenge of exploring them in different mediums. The excitement of seeing the characters some to life, alongside a belief in creative children’s programming is at the core of this project. We are convinced that exposing kids to hand-drawn sets, creative uses of recycled materials, and visible mechanics will inspire important creativity and imagination. We want to introduce our handmade monsters to the world as an analogue alternative to the highly digitized trend in modern storytelling (while making people laugh).

3. How did you start making films?

We started our project by doing live puppet shows, but quickly realized that we wanted to reach a larger audience. While the live element is still an exciting part of our work, we are excited to continue to explore the potential of the project through film.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

Our film is based on an existing painting, called “You Can’t Play With Us.” The painting was created by taking an old paint-by-numbers painting and adding unicorns and a dinosaur directly to it using pen and paint-pen. When we built our set, we actually grid it out to match the painting, and numbered each square to be painted just like an actual paint-by-numbers. We were lucky to have some kids from a local youth organization come help fill in the set!

During the filming, we created a Marshmallow avalanche. It took 13 people hidden in the set to pull it off. We shot the scene 3 times, and each time we had to clean up every single piece of marshmallow and snow foam off the set. We used actual marshmallows, so the whole thing was a real sticky mess!

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

Besides being excited to meet other filmmakers and see the amazing films they’ve made, we are thrilled that Indie Grits has a puppetry slam! We hope to have a short piece to perform!

6. Why should someone see your film?

We are the only film, to our knowledge, that has unicorns made out dirty socks in it.

Film Shorts

“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
A Name That I Admire
All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps
All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
Amarillo Ramp
An Accidental Drowning
Atlantic City
Baby Oil
below the neck, above the knees
Blanko – “Hallelujah”
Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
The BLM Bridge Protest: One Year Later
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
Elizabeth Sees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
Flagged: An American Love Story
Fluid Frontiers
Forgive Me
Fruit Don’t Fall Far
Gays for Trump?
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
Lost Touch
me and my army
My Body Is Not My Own
My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It
Not For Medical Use
Nothing A Little Soap Can’t Fix
Ol Scratch
Pak Anggir
The Passages of Pride
Post Nuke
Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
Sequoyah – “Blue Jays”
Serpents and Doves
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
Skater Boy and Friendly Cop
Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers
Station 15
Steve’s Kinkoes
Sweet Nothing
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us