brian smee

Big Surf

San Francisquito Cyn, March 12th, 1928: The sound a horse makes as it's drowning. Minutes before midnight, the St. Francis Dam fails. It takes five and a half hours for the dam water to wash out to sea, taking with it hundreds of lives.

direction and animation by Brian Smee | sound by Annapurna Kumar | paint and titles by Isabelle Aspin | prayers spoken by Therese Cleary | translation by Patricia Luna | Sound Mix by Craig Smith

narration spoken by Charles F. Outland excerpted from Man-Made Disaster courtesy of SCV Historical Society

2017: GLAS / Mammoth Lakes Film Festival / CalArts Ex Anim Showcase / Denver Film Festival / Malt Adult #5 / San Diego Underground Film Festival / Ottawa International Animation Festival / Animasivo

2018: Edge of Frame weekend at LIAF / Slamdance / EofF at Flatpack Film Festival / Cheap Cuts Documentary Festival


SCVHistory by Leon Worden

Pictures from the Brainbox: Animators on Animation by Chris Robinson

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