Come and celebrate the opening of LIAF 2017 with a very special event – an evening with Irish-born and Los Angeles-based independent animator David OReilly, one of the most adventurous, innovative and perverse filmmakers working today. Famous for stripping down 3D graphics to the point of absurdity, his animated films have garnered over 80 awards at film festivals worldwide. Having recently stormed the world of game development and interactive art, OReilly’s work awes in its defiance of traditional forms and aesthetic conventions.
OReilly directed Alien Child, the unforgettably funny and touching animated video game in Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), as well as live visuals for M.I.A. (2009) and the U2 animated music video I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (2009). He was also the first guest director in Cartoon Network’s 20-year history, creating the Adventure Time episode A Glitch Is a Glitch.
A mesmerizing storyteller with a gift for open-ended, absurdist narratives OReilly is resolutely independent, moving freely among television network, feature film, and music video commissions; metaphysical, otherworldly video games and interactive projects that question ideas of the self and the nature of role-playing.
For this very special LIAF 2017 event, OReilly will discuss the many facets of his award-winning career in animation and graphic design, and screen some of his most celebrated films and interactive projects.
The Gala Screening has become a festival favourite – numbers are strictly limited. Book early to avoid heartbreak!
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WOFL 2106 (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
A wolf finds it’s dead mother.
RGB XYZ (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
A boy finds adventure in the big city.
Octocat Adventure (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
Octocat searches for his parents.
Please Say Something (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale, 2009.
A troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant Future.
Black Lake (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
In collaboration with Jon Klassen, a lovely, looping, electric sheep dream.
Story of Genki??? (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
The creation and evolution of a fantastical super being and its rapid journey.
The External World (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
Winner of more than 40 awards in festivals worldwide.
A boy learns to play the piano.
Heaven’s Countryland Parts 1,2,4 and 7 (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
Made for Adult Swim, 4 short North Korean infomercials detailing the biography of Kim Jong Un.
Her – Alien Child/Hologram sequences (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
Created for the Spike Jonze feature film Her, nominated for 5 Academy Awards.
A foul-mouthed alien child guides players through holographic tunnels while hilariously insulting the player.
Everything (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)
A simulation of the systems of nature seen from the points of view of everything in the Universe. Narrated by British philosopher Alan Watts.