A Stop-Motion Animated Adventure
With Live Accompaniment
Director, Clyde Petersen, in Attendance!
The NIGHTINGALE, 1084 N. MIlwaukee
Tuesday, October 25 at 7 pm, $7-10
TORREY PINES is an autobiographical stop-motion animated feature movie directed by Clyde Petersen. This transgender coming-of-age tale takes place in southern California in the early 1990’s, a time when MTV shaped teenage minds and a generation of Nintendo loving nerds came to realize the world they were born into. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. Tortured by delusions of political conspiracies and struggling with a dysfunctional family, Petersen’s mom kidnaps twelve-year-old Petersen and takes them on a cross-country adventure that will alter their family forever.
TORREY PINES’ compelling visual style is mesmerizingly articulate, every scene filled with jointed paper puppets and intricate cut-paper collage sets. It is handmade, textured, and full of life. Every object in the film was individuals constructed and hand-painted. Without dialogue, TORREY PINES relies on its vibrant visual storytelling and original music to drive the plot.
“This film is for queer punks, trans youth, and people who struggle with mental health issues in their lives. It is for people who grew up without much money and used their imaginations to escape and find safe spaces. It is about being transgender before you could look that word up in the internet and find others like you.”- Clyde Petersen, Director
Clyde Petersen is a Seattle based artist working in film, animation, music, installation, and fabulous spectacle. He is member of the the transgender and queer communities in Seattle. He travels the world with his punk band, YOUR HEART BREAKS and hosts the internet film series, BOATING WITH CLYDE in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster