As The River Flows

Life in the northern California watershed is a shared proposition. The system is complex. Once believed to be extinct the return of the charismatic River Otter, ambassador of our watershed, is a beacon of hope to encourage continuing wetland restoration and conservation. Balancing this fragility is the responsibility of us all.

Executed in a colorful prismatic style using 2D, 3D and hand drawn illustrations, As the River Flows, follows the Northern California River Otter on a journey through the watershed from the High Sierras to Tomales Bay. As the scenes unfold we see a complete snapshot of their lives,

  • Jerry van de Beek
    Director
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  • Betsy de Fries
    Director
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  • Betsy de Fries
    Writer
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  • Betsy de Fries
    Producer
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  • Peter Coyote
    Key Cast
    ET, Bitter Moon, Erin Brockovitch, North Fork, Stealing America, Good Kill
  • Triver-Myers LA
    Score
  • Project Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jerry van de Beek, Betsy de Fries

Jerry is LFC co-founder and the director of many award-winning commercials and shorts. He likes nothing more than experimenting with different styles and looks to ensure that he remains at the forefront of new technologies. Staying hands-on, by working in 2D, 3D, VFX and live-action, he mixes up the usual to arrive at the unusual. Also a programmer he has forged innovative techniques for the seamless integration of traditional and digital animation, notably his pioneering digital referencing app, DIANA. He personally codes the LFC website and is always in the avant-garde of techniques relating to interactive and mobile devices. An avid photographer he uses the medium as the means to tell a narrative in real time. This very personal imagery can be seen on the LFC website. Jerry’s animations are often seen on the international animation festival circuit and in multiple art publications. Originally from The Netherlands Jerry now lives happily near bike and running trails in California.

Betsy de Fries - Director
A writer, poet and mixed media artist, Betsy is LFC's founder, art director and producer. Her checkered past includes theatres, nightclubs, performance spaces and international art collectives.
Prior to LFC Betsy was Senior Producer for New Media & Interactivity at legendary animation powerhouse, Colossal Pictures. Formative years were spent on live action sets from where she opted for the relative sanity of emerging new media, first producing, Where Next Columbus: Mission to Mars, a Smithsonian Air & Space Museum interactive exhibit. She then joined the creative team at Apple’s R&D studio, Discovery, producing a plethora of interactive projects. A stint at Paramount Media Kitchen, conceiving and producing ITV pilots, eventually led her back to the extremely production oriented Colossal and finally on to found Little Fluffy Clouds. Betsy’s work can be seen on the international animation festival circuit and in multiple art
publications. Latest work can be seen on the LFC website. Betsy hales from London but now lives happily in California with her dog, JAX.

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