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CONSUMING SPIRITS

Directed by Chris Sullivan
FEATURE NARRATIVE 135 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE CONSUMING SPIRITS
Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan's Consuming Spirits is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques—cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage, and stop-motion animation—into a distinct, signature visual style. In the process, he constructs a hypnotic, layered narrative, a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town.

The pacing of Consuming Spirits unfolds in a slow, deliberate fashion, akin to the work of such independent filmmakers as Dennis Potter, Terence Davies, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. Like these live-action filmmakers, every frame of Sullivan's animation film is crafted with attention to intricate detail. The accumulation of these images builds to a great atmospheric effect, achieved through an adroit combination of inventive set design, ever-shifting visual perspectives, fluid camera movements, a vivid color palette, and a haunting music track. Sullivan succeeds in creating, with great artistry, a hermetic, self-contained world emanating from his own unique and vivid imagination.
Animation
About the Director(s)
Chris Sullivan has been creating films and performance work for the last 30 years. His films have shown internationally. Consuming Spirits was funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. It was instrumental in Sullivan being awarded a 2012 Creative Capital Grant.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    135 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Screenwriter:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Producer:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Editor:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Associate Producer:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Director of Photography:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Production Designer:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Executive Producer:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Composer:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Co-Producer:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Lead Animators:
    Chris Sullivan, Corinne Faiella, Shelley Dodson
  • Assistant Animators:
    Ronald Williams, Song-E Kim, Brooke McMahon, Lilli Carre, Kyle Crozier, Sean Buckelew, Paul Demers, Joseph Meredith
  • Sound Design:
    Chris Sullivan
  • Primary Cast:
    Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews, Chris Sullivan, Chris Harris, Judith Rafael, Mary Lou Zelazny

Contacts
  • Sales Agent
    Chris Sullivan
    Consuming Spirits
    School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
    Phone: 773 817 7168
    csulli@saic.edu
  • Sales Agent
    Chris Sullivan
    Consuming Spirits
    School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
    Phone: 773 817 7168
    csulli@saic.edu
  • Sales Agent
    Chris Sullivan
    Consuming Spirits
    School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
    Phone: 773 817 7168
    csulli@saic.edu
  • Sales Agent
    Chris Sullivan
    Consuming Spirits
    School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
    Phone: 773 817 7168
    csulli@saic.edu

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