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Crowded is a hand-drawn erase and redraw animation featuring a disappearing and reappearing entity who continually changes form throughout the film. The figure emerges from a primordial chaos of circular marks as a girl in a bedroom where she meets a lover. From there, sci-fi and fantasy weirdness ensues as her identity grows even more fragmented and bizarre.

  • Nathania Rubin
  • Nathania Rubin
  • Nathania Rubin
  • Max Rubin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2019
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    United States
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  • DOK Leipzig
    October 29, 2019
  • Boston Underground Film Festival - Delayed for Covid
    United States
  • Animafest Zagreb World Panorama Programme

    June 8, 2020
Distribution Information
  • Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
    Country: Canada
Director Biography - Nathania Rubin

Nathania Rubin is an artist who has exhibited extensively and internationally. Her short animations have been screened in art galleries and museums in over 15 countries. Rubin was born in New York City and received an MFA from Queens College. She held a research appointment at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, NL and is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Illinois State University.

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Director Statement

The idea behind Crowded was to produce an animation that would function as a dream. I wanted to allow the drawing to carry and form the narrative, for the story and figures to arise from the drawn marks themselves. This animation is more improvisatory than previous projects. I started with a drawing of a face, androgynous and unformed. The original scaffolded face occupies a sort of primordial space that becomes further and further differentiated as narrative fragments are formed around it.