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Where it Floods – on Demand

Finally released for rent and purchase on Vimeo On Demand – Where it Floods, a 46-minute featurette animation.
Blind stubbornness in the face of global catastrophe, and the victims thereof. Calvin, his wife Patty and their son, Kenny, try to maintain their farm and survive in a flooded mid-western landscape despite the fact that (mostly) everyone else seems to have moved on to somewhere safer.
Eight years in-the-making, Floods is a cutout animation with elements drawn on paper and animated digitally (After Effects).
For some more info, including some behind-the-scenes stuff, check out the website here:

Calvin Barnes – Chris Marcum
Patricia Barnes – Suzanne Johnson
Maggie Hatfield – Laurie Getchell
Doyle – Kevin Crispin
Wallace – Ryan Schiewe
Kenny Barnes – RL Taradash
Additional Animation
Shawn Spear
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RELAX, Midwest screenings

Relax, It’s Probably just a Parasite has several screenings coming up in the midwest.

First in Chicago, at the Chicago International Film Festival, in the Animation Shorts Program:

Shorts Program 2: Outside the Lines (Animation)


Shorts Program 2: Outside the Lines (Animation): Wed, Oct 17 @ 3:30 pm

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Shorts Program 2: Outside the Lines (Animation): Thu, Oct 18 @ 7:45 pm

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Then in Kansas City, at the Kansas International Film Festival, in the Animation Shorts Program, 10/18/2018 | 7:25pm

Relax, It’s Probably Just a Parasite

And finally in St. Louis, at the St. Louis International Film Festival. The ticket info pending, but the screening time is:

11/7/2018 9:15 PM at Tivoli 3 as part of the Narrative Shorts: Horror program.

and the website is:


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ANIMA 2018 – Writing Where it Floods

I’ll be heading to Brussels to ANIMA 2018 to screen WHERE IT FLOODS and talk about the writing process!

The screening of Where it Floods will be followed by a one-hour conversation between Christophe Beaujean and the director Joel Benjamin, to dissect the writing process of this singular and fascinating film incursion into a deep and isolated rural America that probes into the depths of the human soul.

Where it Floods

Feature by Joel Benjamin, USA, 2017, 46’01’

followed by a discussion in English, without simultaneous translation.

Speakers: Joel Benjamin and Christophe Beaujean (moderator).

In collaboration with the ASA, l’Association des Scénaristes de l’Audiovisuel.


Super excited to be able to go!

A link to the event here


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WHERE IT FLOODS wins Best Animation, Best of the Midwest Awards

WHERE IT FLOODS won Best Animated Film at the BMAs last night! Midwest Independent FF is such an amazing fest and I’m so thankful to have been nominated let alone win.

Full list of winners here:

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WHERE IT FLOODS – Orlando, Charlotte, ANIMA Córdoba


has some fantastic upcoming screenings:

Charlotte Film Festival in NC #CLTFF2017:

September 22nd – October 2nd

The Orlando Film Festival
October 21, 2017 1:30 pm Theater 9

Where it Floods

ANIMA Cordoba

In the panorama

October 11-13th

Seleccionados 2017 / Selected Films 2017



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WHERE IT FLOODS – Screening at Animafest Zagreb

In June, FLOODS is screening in the Animafest 2017 Feature Film Grand Competition, in Zagreb! I’m SO excited about being in this fest. Including this film, there are 9 total feature films screening, including Red Turtle and Bill Plympton’s new feature!

I will be present!

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