Lipsett Diaries Trailer

An enticing trailer for Lipsett Diaries, a short directed by Theodore Ushev (Drux Flux, Tower Bawher). It’s rare to see animated imagery with such substance and beauty–so intensely powerful–and it’s only the trailer:

[Lipsett Diaries] depicts the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at the age of 49. His descent into depression and madness is explored through a series of images as well as sounds taken from Lipsett’s own work.

The film is written by Chris Robinson, the artistic director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival; this marks his first major involvement in the production of an animated film. has more background about Lipsett and the film, including a fascinating tidbit about the influence of Lipsett’s work on George Lucas and Star Wars. The film is in competition at Annecy this year, and something tells me it might be selected for Ottawa too.

  • Brooks Michael Williams

    Reminds me of something I saw on PBS a long time ago as a kid. I gotta be honest – it doesn’t really appeal to me at all, but I can see how people can like it and find it very powerful. :)

  • Mark

    That is beautiful. Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing.

  • John Lane

    I’m sorry. I know people can hate these kinds of comparisons, but this is far from demeaning. It makes me think of an animated Robert Rauschenberg, X-rays included.

  • Michael Sporn

    It looks like Toccafundo’s work to me. That’s certainly a compliment.


    Can’t wait! Has some of what I love in Piotr DumaÅ‚a’s films.

  • Nick

    Where are the pop-culture references and big name voice talents?

    Seriously though it looks beautiful.

  • Beatrice

    It is beautiful!!! That’s a great style, I’m really impressed!

  • chris robinson

    disqualified from Ottawa. We’ll show it out of comp probably. Shame, but gotta be fair (for once).

  • the foreign office

    I’ve heard rumors that those two are working on a project with Disney. I wonder what kind of…

  • Doug

    “Where are the pop-culture references and big name voice talents?”

    The narrator, 21-year-old Xavier Dolan, starred in his own film, “I Killed My Mother,” which won three of the four top awards at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes last year. I’d say he’s a big name.