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‘Torrey Pines,’ a new film, comes live-scored to FilmScene


Torrey Pines, live scored by Your Heart Breaks

FilmScene — Monday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m.

Video still from Clyde Petersen's 'Torrey Pines,' at FilmScene Oct. 24.
Video still from Clyde Petersen’s ‘Torrey Pines,’ at FilmScene Oct. 24.

Clyde Petersen’s stop motion film Torrey Pines, which was Kickstarted into life in 2013, will be making a stop next week, on Monday, Oct. 24, at FilmScene. Torrey Pines is just coming off its world premiere as an official selection at the 20th annual TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. The film opened the festival on Oct. 13, and has an encore screening there this Saturday, before traveling to Minneapolis and then Iowa City.

Petersen tours the film with his band Your Heart Breaks (Petersen, Zach Burba and Jacob Jaffe), which live scores the movie. Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) produced the soundtrack for the film, which its website calls “both a complete feature film, and a touring theatrical show.” Special guests often sit in with Your Heart Breaks for screenings (none have been announced for Iowa City).

Torrey Pines is an autobiographical coming-of-age story, tracking a cross-country journey that a 12-year-old Petersen takes with his mother, who is schizophrenic (at the time undiagnosed). Rooted in southern California in the early 1990s, the animated film is, according to the Seattle Weekly, “full of gorgeous, slow pans across colorful paper-cut American landscapes.”

FilmScene’s presentation will feature an opening act by Iowa City’s Curt Oren, who will be playing a solo set as well as live scoring his own and other short videos. Oren hopes to premiere a new video at the event which, he says, “will focus heavily on animation and nature.” He will also be premiering a new video by DEFT visuals. The show starts at 9 p.m.; tickets are $7.


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