I Am So Proud Of You is a 2008 animated short film by Don Hertzfeldt. It is the second chapter of a planned three-part story about the character Bill and continues the dark and philosophical humor of the first film, Everything Will Be OK. In this chapter, Bill’s slow recovery is haunted by his troubled family history.
The film has won a number of film festival awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the Fargo Film Festival and the Golden Starfish Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Chris Robinson, author and director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival described the film as, “A fucking masterpiece. I can’t even begin to articulate my thoughts about the film but it just gave me shivers and I wasn’t able to attend the party after the screening. Just had to be alone. It had this effect on a number of other people here too. Stunning, beautiful, tragic, absurd work.”
Filmmaker David Patrick Lowery wrote, “I Am So Proud Of You is, I think, as good a pick as any for film of the year. Certainly as good as Synecdoche, NY, and just as full of grand and complex thoughts about life and death and bodily fluids and years rapidly advancing, coming to ends and beginnings, back and forth, over and over, until one slips indistinguishably into the next.”
Hertzfeldt traveled with the film on a sold-out special theatrical tour of his work in 2008 and part of 2009; it is also playing in film festivals. A DVD release is planned in late 2009. —Wikipedia
Don Hertzfeldt (born August 1, 1976) is the creator of many short animated films, including the Academy-Award nominated Rejected and Everything Will Be OK. His animated films have received over one hundred and fifty awards and have been presented around the world. Before the age of thirty, his films were already the subject of several career retrospectives. He was the youngest director named in the “They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They” list of “The 100 Important Animation Directors” of all time, and in 2010 he received the San Francisco International Film Festival’s “Persistence of Vision” Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 33.
The popularity of Hertzfeldt’s work is unprecedented in the history of independent animation and his films are frequently quoted and referenced in pop culture. In 2009, the Sundance Film Festival noted, “If cinephiles think shorts don’t generate the same sort of hype and fanbase as feature films, they obviously haven’t heard of Don Hertzfeldt.”
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"Bill was born late Tuesday morning into a world of orange and red. He likes the way the aquamarine rug feels across his hands. He likes sunbeams and rockets and the smell of the backyard in the early morning. He likes tigers and trees and melted chocolate ice cream and watching the lights while falling asleep in the back seat. Someone sits on the shore and tells him how the waves have been there long before Bill existed and that they'd still be there long after he's gone. Bill looks out at the water and thinks of all the wonderful things he'll do with his life."