'Dude, That's Insane: A Tribute to Chris Reimer' (short film)
Published Oct 14, 2015After Women guitarist (and Dodos contributor) Chris Reimer tragically died in 2012, Calgary's Quickdraw Animation Society put together an animated tribute project called Dude, That's Insane: A Tribute to Chris Reimer. Following its premiere at Sled Island earlier this year, the film has now emerged online.
The film runs close to seven minutes in length, and it shows a ever-changing collage of freaky, surreal animations. The whole thing is soundtracked and inspired by Reimer's unreleased ambient music, which is beautiful and a little bit eery as it ranges from gentle acoustic plucking to staticky tones to sublime drones.
There are 17 animators involved, including Calgary star (and Reimer collaborator) Chad VanGaalen. The film was named after a misheard song lyric. An announcement from Quickdraw notes, "It's been amazing to see Chris' music and drawings directly inspire these strange and beautiful results, and now we're hoping the results will inspire others, too."
The artists involved, in order of appearance, are:
Ryan Von Hagen
Francesco Van Der Zwaag
Heather Kai Smith and Neal Moignard
Laura Leif and Dana Schloss
Watch the film below.