In the third and final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt’s Everything Will Be OK, Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems. –Sundance Film Festival
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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Brazen in it's simple style, the film's grip on mental illness and the humor/tragedy that can accompany it is sound. Alas, the final stretch doesn't flow well with the rest of the film and comes off as artistically cowardly. Self-realized ideas are best left to find their own end. The film still manages to feel narratively and stylistically refreshing as an animate film amongst the dozen CGI by number flicks.
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Animator Don Hertzfeldt traces a line through a darkly comic valley of existential dread.