JUNE 15, 2021 | 6:30 PM
We are pleased to present a screening of Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh’s newest animated short film, Namoo, created in collaboration with the six-time Emmy award-winning interactive animation studio, Baobab Studios.
The screening will be followed by a reception and artist talk with film’s director Erick Oh, producer Kane Lee, production manager Anika Nagpal and animator Jon Brower. The talk will be moderated by Edo Choi, film curator at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Remote participation in this event will be available through a virtual film screening and livestream of the artist talk. Please also note that the virtual screening capacity is limited.
The screening of Namoo and artist talk is presented through a partnership between SWPK, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Donghwa Cultural Foundation.
Celebrating its U.S. theatrical version online premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, Namoo (meaning ‘tree’ in Korean), is a narrative poem come to life as an animated film and created as a virtual reality experience. The project is led by esteemed Korean director Erick Oh (who received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short in 2021 for Opera, and won Annecy’s Cristal Award for TV for The Dam Keeper Poems with Tonko House).
Namoo is an ode inspired by Erick’s grandfather’s death. The narrative follows the journey of a man from his birth up until the end of his life. As a young man, he falls in love with painting and as an adult, he falls in love with another person for the first time. But not all love lasts forever, and he eventually finds himself a broken man who puts a band-aid — literally — on his past woes and disappears into his work. Finally, as an old man he has the time to reflect on his life, what really mattered, and appreciate his amazing journey.
Watch the trailer for Namoo here.
Guests at the in-person event will also have the opportunity to experience ‘Namoo’ in VR during the post-screening reception.
Header Image Credit: Erick Oh and Baobab Studios