SHADOWS: Saving the Rain Forest
SHADOWS: Saving the Rain Forest is a contemporary tale of magical realism about preserving the world’s forests. The animated short is inspired by the fantasy of ancient legends and shadow puppets, particularly the wayang kulit Javanese and Balinese performances. The short also highlights the positive role that traditional legends and active communities can have in preserving the world’s natural resources. The story features no dialog, cutout villagers and a gang of invaders, and a computer-generated rain forest and fantastical creatures.
Directed by Isaac Kerlow
Main role: Visual Development, Layout and Background Design, Compositing.
The World Premiere of SHADOWS was at the 2014 Oaxaca FilmFest, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Spotlight calls it “Sundance South of The Border.” MovieMaker: “Top 25 Festivals in The World!” The Southeast Asian Premiere took place at the 2014 Balinale, the Bali International Film Festival, Indonesia.
SHADOWS has won Best Animation at the Williamsburg International Film Festival, Best Animation at the Tenerife International Film Festival, Best Animation at the Albany FilmFest, and Best Animated Short Film at the Martinique International Film Festival. It was also awarded a Special Jury Award at Worldfest Houston, an Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition, and a Best Director Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards