In this fascinating, innovative exercise in animation, thousands of beads are arranged and manipulated, assuming shapes of creatures both mythical and real. They continually devour, merge, and absorb one another in explosions of color. The theme is one of aggression and inevitability, but any conclusion is left to the viewer. —National Film Board of Canada
ISHU PATEL is an acclaimed animation film director, animator and educator whose films have received theatrical and television distribution worldwide. His many international awards include two Oscar Nominations, the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the British Academy Award, and the Grand Prix at both Annecy and the Montreal World Film Festival.
Born in Gujarat, India, Ishu Patel graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda and completed his graduate studies in Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and advanced Graphic Design at Allegemeine Gewerbschule in Basel, Switzerland. A Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship brought him to the National Film Board of Canada.
Under the NFB banner, developing his own animation techniques Ishu Patel produced and directed numerous award-winning films such as The Bead Game, Afterlife, Top Priority, Divine Fate and Paradise.
In addition to his films for the NFB, Ishu Patel has… read more