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Andy Smetanka’s work has ranged from creating a short segment for Guy Maddin’s My Winnepeg to ‘The Bachelor and the Bride,’ a music video for the Decemberists. For his first feature-length film, Smetanka turned to his fascination with World War I. Three years and over 250,000 individual frames in the making, And We Were Young is a stop-motion animated oral history of American soldiers in France in the last days of the Great War, performed entirely by black-paper puppets and filmed on Super 8 against translucent paper backgrounds. Brooding, brutal and hauntingly beautiful, this epic is a vision of war beyond your wildest dreams and nightmares.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking