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Drawn & Recorded: Teen Spirit

The story behind one of the most iconic songs ever written, animated in the style of a pop-up book. It all goes back to the night Kurt Cobain was inspired to write Smells Like Teen Spirit.

  • Drew Christie
    Director
  • Drew Christie
    Writer
  • Bill Flanagan
    Writer
  • Van Toffler
    Producer
  • T Bone Burnett
    Producer
  • Bill Flanagan
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Music, History
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sundance Film Festival
    Park City
    United States
    January 21, 2017
    Theatrical Premiere
  • Flux Screening Series at Hammer Museum
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 7, 2017
  • Maui Film festival
    Maui
    United States
    June 23, 2017
    Audience Award Best Animation
  • Seattle International Film Festival
    Seattle
    United States
    May 27, 2017
    Washington
  • Walla Walla Film Crush
    Walla Walla
    United States
    July 1, 2017
  • Milwaukee Film Festival
    Milwaukee
    United States
    October 2, 2017
  • Flixx Fest
    Fort Jones
    United States
    September 21, 2017
  • Tacoma Film Festival
    Tacoma
    United States
    October 10, 2017
Distribution Information
  • Gunpowder & Sky
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Drew Christie

Drew Christie brings his imagination into focus one frame at a time through handcrafted, award-winning animations. His genre-bending films communicate a rich landscape of ideas, topics, and characters. He has created animations for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, SFMoMA, Showtime, Spotify and The Criterion Collection. He lives on an island in Washington State.

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Director Statement

Drawn & Recorded tells the stories that fell through the floorboards of music history and brings them to the light of day via unique, hand-drawn animation and the raspy, baritone voice of T-Bone Burnett. Sometimes hilarious, occasionally tragic, always compelling - these anecdotes show a side of people behind the melodies that you may never have known.