And We Were Young // 75min // Animation // 2015 // USA
Writer/Director/Cinematographer: Andy Smetanka
Cast: Brock Gnose, Kyle McAfee, Roger Hedden, Jeff Medley, Scott Moore, Traolach O’Riordain, Al Pils, Andrew Rizzo, Aaron Roos, Jeremy Sher, Andy Smetanka, Asa Smetanka, Axel Smetanka, David Turley, Josh Vanek, Ben Weiss
A stop-motion, silhouette-animation oral history of American soldiers, ‘Doughboys,’ in the last months of the Great War. A brutal, hauntingly beautiful, and thoroughly original vision of America’s war, narrated entirely in the words of the ones who were there.
Animator Andy Smetanka cut out thousands of paper figures and coloured backgrounds and filmed them, one frame at a time, on a Soviet-era Super 8 camera, over the course of three years.