Painstakingly created over the course of 15 years, Chris Sullivan's debut animated feature is an absolute marvel to behold. Employing multiplane cutouts, drawings on paper and stop motion — all shot on 16mm — Sullivan weaves a psychologically dense chronicle of a crumbling Rust Belt town and the intermingled lives of three lonely souls who work at its local newspaper.

Unfolding like a vision quest from the mind of a memory-haunted insomniac, it tenderly navigates its ugly characters down twisted paths upon which their pasts, fears and longings converge. This is a totally singular and eerie landscape, dotted with ghost-ridden farmhouses, midnight car accidents, late-night radio broadcasts and the world's oldest cat. Painted with frequent strokes of unexpected humor and rendered with a beautifully rough hewn craft emphasizing its characters' fragility, it emerges as a quiet feature-length epic unlike anything you've ever seen: Adult, complex and brimming with the irrepressible spirit of American independent filmmaking.

WHEN

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
http://www.mfah.org/films/consuming-spirits/

TICKET INFO

$9 general admission; $7 MFAH members and seniors; $5 Film Buff members.
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