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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 135 MIN | 2012

CONSUMING SPIRITS

Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan's Consuming Spirits is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation. Shooting frame by frame in 16mm, Sullivan seamlessly blends together a range of techniques—cutout animation, pencil drawing, collage, and stop-motion animation—into a distinct, signature visual style. In the process, he constructs a hypnotic, layered narrative, a suspenseful gothic tale that tracks the intertwined lives of three kindred spirits working at a local newspaper in a Midwestern rust belt town.

The pacing of Consuming Spirits unfolds in a slow, deliberate fashion, akin to the work of such independent filmmakers as Dennis Potter, Terence Davies, Robert Altman, and John Cassavetes. Like these live-action filmmakers, every frame of Sullivan's animation film is crafted with attention to intricate detail. The accumulation of these images builds to a great atmospheric effect, achieved through an adroit combination of inventive set design, ever-shifting visual perspectives, fluid camera movements, a vivid color palette, and a haunting music track. Sullivan succeeds in creating, with great artistry, a hermetic, self-contained world emanating from his own unique and vivid imagination.
Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 135 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Chris Sullivan
Screenwriter: Chris Sullivan
Producer: Chris Sullivan
Editor: Chris Sullivan
Associate Producer: Chris Sullivan
Director of Photography: Chris Sullivan
Production Designer: Chris Sullivan
Executive Producer: Chris Sullivan
Composer: Chris Sullivan
Co-Producer: Chris Sullivan
Lead Animators: Chris Sullivan, Corinne Faiella, Shelley Dodson
Assistant Animators: Ronald Williams, Song-E Kim, Brooke McMahon, Lilli Carre, Kyle Crozier, Sean Buckelew, Paul Demers, Joseph Meredith
Sound Design: Chris Sullivan
Primary Cast: Robert Levy, Nancy Andrews, Chris Sullivan, Chris Harris, Judith Rafael, Mary Lou Zelazny
Press Contacts

Sales Agent
Chris Sullivan
Consuming Spirits
School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
Phone: 773 817 7168
csulli@saic.edu

Sales Agent
Chris Sullivan
Consuming Spirits
School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
Phone: 773 817 7168
csulli@saic.edu

Sales Agent
Chris Sullivan
Consuming Spirits
School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
Phone: 773 817 7168
csulli@saic.edu

Sales Agent
Chris Sullivan
Consuming Spirits
School of The Art Institute of Chicago 112 South Michigan Chicago, Il 60603
Phone: 773 817 7168
csulli@saic.edu

About the Director(s)
Chris Sullivan has been creating films and performance work for the last 30 years. His films have shown internationally. Consuming Spirits was funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. It was instrumental in Sullivan being awarded a 2012 Creative Capital Grant.

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