Other key works: Sugarcube (2009), MTVother-Rock Stories as told by Matt Pinfield: Chrissie Hynde’s Vicious Love (2014), Cutthroat Roundabout (2012)
This week’s subject is the Oscar-nominated Islandic animator, Sara Gunnarsdóttir.
Says: “I have always been on the artistic path. At some point when I started I said to myself that whatever happened I must be honest with my vision of art. I am not interested in big studios. I think it would kill my love for animation. I like working with small groups, you know when you are forming a group you pick all those that love and believe in their approach to animation. I am not interested if you can animate perfectly after a character sheet, I am interested in the artist’s approach.”
In this ongoing series, we profile the most interesting independent animation filmmakers working today — the artists who, through short films and other projects, change our ideas of what the medium can do.
In a paragraph: Whether dabbling in short films, music videos, TV series, or documentaries, Sara Gunnarsdóttir’s lively animation style is a constant. With hints of JJ Villard (Son of Satan) and Ralph Bakshi, there’s an edgy, punky vibe throughout her art that often aptly reflects the grungy, fragile existence of her subjects.
Currently working on: “Right now I’m working with Amy Berg on a documentary on Jeff Buckley. Me and Pam Ribon and Jeanette Jeanenne are also working towards making Dicks into a tv series.”
Where to start: My Years of Dicks (2022). A bitingly comic tale about a young woman trying to get laid in suburban Houston in the early 1990s which was nominated for best animated short film at this year’s Oscars. With echoes of Waking Life and coming-of-age films, My Year of Dicks is a big ol salad of collage, rotoscope, archival footage, and drawings that all enhance the protagonist’s drift between imagination and reality.