First Chicago run!
Chris Sullivan in person
Friday, January 25 &
Thursday, January 31!
- CONSUMING SPIRITS
- 2011, Chris Sullivan, USA, 129 min.
"Entirely original. . .an inquiry into the darkest zones of the human heart. . .Weaves a complicated, intoxicating spell…a wonder."
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"This is the rare animated feature whose subtext is as rich as its sensuality... CONSUMING SPIRITS is not only a monstrous visual achievement, but one of the most uniquely humanistic animated features of all time."
—Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slate Magazine
"★★★★! You've likely never tasted anything quite like it."
—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Read the full review here
Over a decade in the making, CONSUMING SPIRITS is the hypnotic and elegiac first feature by award-winning animator and SAIC faculty member Sullivan. Set in a dreary Rustbelt town, the film follows late-night radio host Earl Gray; wilting violet Genny, who cares for her foul-mouthed, Alzheimer's-stricken mother; and Genny’s sometime boyfriend Victor Blue, whose days teeter at the edge of sobriety. One evening while driving home, Genny hits a nun in full habit on the highway, setting off a string of events that reveal a long and twisty history among Genny, Earl, and Victor, involving family dysfunction, foster care, and old wounds longing to heal. Sullivan’s intricate hand-drawn and cut-out animations telegraph his characters’ conflicting and complicated emotions while depicting the minute tragedies and triumphs that make up a life. Winner of the Chicago Award at the 2012 Chicago International Film Festival. DCP video. (Amy Beste)
Filmmaker Chris Sullivan will be present for audience discussion on:
Friday, January 25, and Thursday, January 31.