Chris Sullivan – In Person

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 PM


Chris Sullivan, was born and raised in the wooded hills of Pittsburgh Pa. along with 10 siblings. A product of British mother Beryl, and Irish American father Lawrence. They met in England during WW2.
He now lives in Chicago, and teaches at The School of The ArtInstitute of Chicago, and is a father to Carmen and Silvia Abelson. He has shown his work in festivals, theaters and museums world-wide, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Osian’s Cinefest in India, in Haifa film festival, Chicago International, Milano, Vancouver International, Pacific Film Archives Denver Starz; Annecy, Zagreb, Animator, Fantoche, Zagreb World Festival of Animation, Humboldt Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ottawa Animation Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, Boston Museum, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center, Houston Museum, National Gallery D.C. Cinefamily In LA, Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago, and many more.

His film Consuming Spirits had it’s theatrical debut at New York’s Film Forum for a two week run in December of 2012. His Films have received funding from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation Film Fellowship, The Bush Foundation, and he recently received a Creative Capital Grant for his film The Orbit of Minor Satellites. The Orbit of Minor Satellites will be in theatrical release in early 2020.

Consuming Spirits
Director: Chris Sullivan
16mm, Animation, USA, 125 min.

Consuming Spirits is a feature length animated psychological drama, Intended for adult audiences. The film will has three very distinct looks, tracing paper drawings for the memories of the characters, cut out multi-plane puppets for the present tense scenes, and scale models for the landscape that the film inhabits. This film chronicles the lives of three characters that live in a rustbelt town called Magguson, and work at its local newspaper The Daily Suggester.

“Critic’s Pick. Entirely original. . .an inquiry into the darkest zones of the human heart. . .Weaves a complicated, intoxicating spell…a wonder.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“****[Four Stars!] A monstrous visual achievement… one of the most uniquely
humanistic animated features of all time.” -Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant