The Ruminator

The story centers on a bank teller who routinely greets a customer only to realize he is a nervous bank robber. Things become complicated when she realizes he over-thinks and over-analyzes everything. She deals with her obsessive customer by carefully following bank rules and guidelines but in the end, nothing is as it seems and what appeared to be a fearsome situation was actually a case of misconception from the viewer's point of view.

Written and directed by Anderson, this animated film “with a twist” is based on the monologue “The Ruminator” by Canadian playwright John Robert McGie from his “Chair Series Monologues.” The film features the voice of young film actor Angel Gabriel, who most recently may be seen in the feature film “When Men Were Men” which just completed filming in Dublin, Ireland. The voice of the bank teller is spoken by Chris Clark, who recorded 2 albums for Motown Records in 1967 and 1970. In 1972 Clark co-wrote the screenplay for "Lady Sings the Blues" starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams, for which she received an Oscar nomination. This was her first speaking role in a film.

Though “The Ruminator” runs less than 5-minutes, the film represents many hours of production time in sourcing, painting, editing, tinting, and color-matching. Hundreds of photographic images were sourced for this unique project, many of which were taken by the director himself. The intricate village street took over a month to create, though it's on-screen for less than a minute. Unique in this animated production is that it was created entirely by editing alone and without the use of any animation programs, CGI, or shortcuts.

Independent award-winning filmmaker R. Christian Anderson’s animated film “The Ruminator” has been chosen as an Official Selection of the "Palm Springs International Animated Festival," where it is slated to have its world premiere. “The festival is among the most distinguished and respected animation festivals in the world and over 2,500 films were entered this year, so to be chosen as an ‘official selection’ is an incredible honor,” says Grover James Taylor, producer of the film. “Christian worked so hard on this artistic gem and I am so proud to be a part of it with him.”

  • R. Christian Anderson
    "The Ghosts of San Francisco", "Manhattan Montage", "Defcon 2012", "Tea and Destiny"
  • Grover James Taylor
    "When the World Came to San Francisco", "Old Hollywood"
  • Angel Gabriel
    "Midway", "Elijah Leighty's Waste", "Pensando Demasiado"
  • Chris Clark
    "Lady Sings the Blues", "The Ghosts of San Francisco", "Mahogany"
  • R. Christian Anderson
    Based on the "Chair Series Monologue" "The Ruminator" by John Robert McGie of Vancouver, Canada
  • Phillipe Beaumont
    Production Designer
  • Alexander Larkin
  • Clifton Steiner
    Film Editor
  • John Robert McGie
    "Red Eye", "Man Dated"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Animation, LGBTQ, Short, Expermimental, Canadian, American
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 14, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    14,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Palm Springs International Animation Festival
    Palm Springs, CA
    United States
    December 12, 2020
    North America Premier
    Official Selection
  • The Andromeda Film Festival
    January 20, 2022
    Winner - DaVinci Award
Distribution Information
  • Telegraph Landing Productions
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - R. Christian Anderson

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, his passion for motion pictures came at an early age. His mother, Lita, was a radio personality for station KMPC, at the time a music and entertainment station. He was performing on live radio in commercials by the age of 3.

At the age of 9, his mother married Raymond D. Bowman, a jazz and classical music impresario and noted music critic who taught and encouraged Christian to write. At age 12 he met legendary dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, who encouraged his love of art and shared her life and career with him.

In 1969 Christian volunteered to serve in the United States Air Force where he was trained as an illustrator and worked on military training films with the Aerospace Audiovisual Service (MAC), and worked with one of the first units to produce films on video tape, rather than film stock. He received an Honorable Discharge for his service.

By 1973 he moved to San Francisco where he freelanced as a graphic designer, creating numerous posters, brochures, print ads and collateral materials over the next couple of decades.

He directed his first feature-length film "Defcon 2012" in 2008. In 2015 he co-wrote the song "The Ghosts of San Francisco," sung by Chris Clark for the film "When the World Came to San Francisco", which he also wrote and directed. The music video of which won the "Mixed Genre Jazz Film Award" at the "New York Jazz Film Festival" in Harlem in November 2016.

Today he is married and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he continues to write, compose, and direct films. He is a member of ASCAP.

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Director Statement

An official selection of the 2020 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL and WINNER of the DaVince Award at the 2022 Andromeda Film Festival