Beyond Noh

USA, Japan / 2020 / animated / 4' / Short Film Competition

A journey through cultures, traditions and beliefs of people from all over the world using 3475 masks. The masks from the Japanese Nō theatre, Mexican skulls from the Day of the Dead or decorations from the carnival in Venice are mixed with pop culture images of Hello Kitty or Lord Vader. Each of them is a symbol or has a secret story to tell, and many of them keep taking on new meanings all the time. The Guy Fawkes mask, used in comic books and films, was donned by the Internet activists and the Salvador Dali mask is today associated with a popular TV series. And what will we say in 2020 about regular surgical masks?

directed by
Patrick SmithQ&A guest

Known for his metaphorical hand drawn shorts, as well as his experimental stop motion films. His formative years were spent as a storyboard artist for Walt Disney, and animation director for MTV. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts. Filmography (partial): “Beyond Noh” (2020), “Gun Shop” (2019), “Candy Shop” (2019), “Pour 585” (2018), “Pittari” (2017) “Masks”(2011), ”Puppet” (2006).

animated by
Patrick Smith
Kaori Ishida (Blend Films)
Beyond Noh