The Dam Keeper


Year: 2013
Country: USA
Run Time: 18 minutes

THE DAM KEEPER, a short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything.

Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change.

THE DAM KEEPER blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi's celebrated painting style to life like never before. Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen of television’s Forbrydelsen (The Killing), and Sherlock, narrates the film.

CIFF38 Screenings

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Shorts Program
Family Shorts Program 1

Daisuke Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo

Duncan Ramsay, Megan Bartel

Bradley Furnish

Lars Mikkelsen

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