Sparky engages, challenges and makes you think. Often dazzling, but also subtle and modest, it's creative filmmaking bursting with color, energy and a willingness to take chances. It's a little gem that matters.
Dan Bennett, Founder and Director of the International Children's Film Festivals in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
Sparky is a little film about big ideas. This whimsical three-minute animation is a conceptual exploration of “potentiality.” A Thumbelina-sized myth for modern times, Sparky alludes to the creative, transformative urges of the universe, and by extension, our own transformative potential.
Through the creation of a paper cut-out, one discovers myriad artistic options. In a blue cosmic egg, seeds of light—or sparks—sprout and frolic. The sparks’ budding sentience becomes increasingly vital. Lyrical colors, lines, and shapes materialize unexpectedly. They grow into paper cut-out pieces that playfully re-configure themselves, create surprising new images, and then come together to form a work of art. The possibilities inherent in this animated collage symbolize the potential for creativity and growth in each of us, and in our world.
Also called “string theory for kids,” Sparky whimsically connects cosmology, science, and art. It delights in the transformative processes of creativity and affirms the origin, diversity, and regeneration of life.
Sparky playfully interweaves a lively fusion of mythology, art, and poetry with music by master frame drummer Glen Velez, and award-winning “interspecies musician/composer” David Rothenberg, who plays improv with birds! Three diverse voices from a “family of the world” playfully intertwine as one to create a world of imagination—full of possibilities.