Rush Process celebrates handcrafted animation, a materials-focused practice at the intersection of DIY, auteur-driven cinema and analog animation art. The festival’s first edition — set for August 26-28, 2016 in Houston, Texas — will combine Friday & Saturday night screenings presented by Aurora Picture Show with a Sunday afternoon DIY animation jam presented by BETA Theater at The Waughford. Techniques include personal narrative, documentary/non fiction, fictional narrative, essay films, stop-motion and analog rotoscoping.
The festival’s first edition is co-presented by Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. Aurora is dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art, and has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional movie making and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets.
It only makes sense that the only animation festival in the state of Texas (and the first animation festival in the US dedicated to handcrafted techniques) would be hosted by Aurora, who’ve consistently celebrated and supported independent animators over the years, from Kelly Sears, to Brent Green, and Jodie Mack .