Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest

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"As witnesses gradually die away, it becomes imperative to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive in the hearts and minds of generations to come. I love the idea of animation using the work of a child artist. It is a way of allowing us to imagine what Ingrid Pitt, and countless other children like her, had experienced, through a child's perspective. The makers of this film have created something honest, sensitive, and memorable."
- Shulamit Ran, Pulitzer Prize Winning composer on Holocaust themes (University of Chicago)

Perry Chen using a laptop and computer tablet to create animation

About the short film

Memories from the Holocaust have been portrayed in almost every medium, but rarely animation -- and never before by a child animator. Animated short film "INGRID PITT: BEYOND THE FOREST" is a cross-generational collaboration between a world-class animation master, two-time Academy Award-nominated Bill Plympton, and a first-time animator, 11-year-old artist Perry Chen. It is narrated by Ingrid Pitt herself.

Starting with Ingrid Pitt's poignant narration and Bill Plympton's 23 traditional pencil sketches as storyboard, award-winning artist and film critic Perry Chen brings this moving story and its contemporary implications alive. Read more

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Cast and Crew

Kevin Sean Michaels and Perry Chen Perry Chen taking a break at Comic-Con Perry Chen with Troma buttons at Comic-Con Perry Chen drawing animation using a tablet and laptop Perry Chen being interviewed at Comic-Con Perry Chen being interviewed at Comic-Con Perry Chen being interviewed at Comic-Con Perry Chen and Bill Plympton Bill Plympton and Perry Chen with a laptop Perry Chen in the arms of his mother Zhu Shen Perry Chen at a table Jud Newborn holding a photo of Bill Plympton and Perry Chen Kevin Sean Michaels, Perry Chen and Bill Plympton Perry Chen and Chris Shoemaker


Ingrid Pitt character sketches by Bill Plympton Ingrid Pitt as drawn by Bill Plympton still from Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest a variety of characters drawn with marker

Friends and Supporters

Joe Dante and Kevin Sean Michaels Liz H. Kelly and Perry Chen Perry Chen and Keith Wright of Reel Picture

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Screen capture of Animation World Network homepage Screen capture of NC Times homepage Screen capture of Toon Boom homepage full-page article in Animation Magazine Screen capture of Asians On Film homepage


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Perry Chen's website Perry's Previews.