Artist Talk
Misery Loves Comedy:
Focus on Janet Perlman

Sunday, January 28
FIAF Skyroom

In English • 75 min

Join award-winning filmmaker Janet Perlman as she screens a collection of her short films, followed by a lively discussion about her creations and inspirations.

Over the span of her decades-long career, Perlman has created an impressive and wide-ranging body of work, from films to children’s books to television projects. Some of her best-known short films include Oscar-nominated The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin (1981), as well as Why Me? (1978), My Favorite Things That I Love (1994), and Sorry Film Not Ready (2010). Her oeuvre can best be described as both serious and satirical, absurdist and real. Perlman’s brilliant mind contains multitudes, and these 75 minutes with her promise to be spirited and enlightening.

The Girl with the Red Beret”, her latest short film, will screen in New Francophone Shorts program 1 on Wednesday, January 24.

Janet Perlman

Janet Perlman is an animation director, writer, and illustrator known for her sense of humor and unique animation style. Her short films have gained global recognition, including an Oscar nomination and the coveted “Best Bad Taste” award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. In addition to her films, she has written and illustrated four children’s books. Her latest work is The Girl with the Red Beret, based on a song by Kate and Anna McGarrigle. She most recently completed her interpretation of Pinocchio—in which she shrinks the oft-told story into a one-minute runtime—for a compilation called The One-Minute Mistake.