director, producer, writer, animator
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Bill Plympton moved to New York City, upon graduation from Portland State Unversity in Graphic Design. He began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.
In 1987 he was nominated for an Oscar for his short “Your Face”. After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to features. Since 1991 he’s made 7 feature films, 5 of them, “The Tune”, “Mondo Plympton”, “I Married A Strange Person”, “Mutant Aliens” and “Hair High” animated features. In 2005, Bill’s received another Oscar nomination, this time for a short film “Guard Dog”.
Biljana Labovic, a Serbian born, started her career as a children’s book illustrator. She moved to New York in 1997 to pursue a career in animation, where she produced and directed several short animated films, including the award winning “Eye Spy”. She’s been collaborating with the independent animator Bill Plympton for years on numerous short films, including Academy Award Nominated “Guard Dog”, commercial projects and feature films. She recently produced and co-art directed his latest feature “Idiots and Angels”. Besides Plympton, Biljana’s been collaborating with Emily Hubley on feature films “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “The Toe Tactic”. Biljana’s long collaboration with the Publikum Calendar goes back to 1995, and she recently animated graphics by Paula Scher for the 2007 Calendar campaign. Her most recent motion graphic work can be seen in the 2008 Academy Award Winning Short Documentary “Freeheld” by Cynthia Wade.
Lisa LaBracio was raised in New Jersey, but relocated to New York City to study animation at the School of Visual Arts. During her time at SVA, she created many short animations, one of which was selected as a PSA for UNESCO in 2005. She was also chosen by the French Embassy in the United States to represent her school and country during the â€œPRIMNâ€, or the First International Digital Media Meeting, sponsored by French embassies across the globe in 2005. Since then, she has continued her vagabonding, while teaching English and Animation at the Living Water Children’s Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, and teaching English in Dharamsala, India. Professionally, she has been working at Plymptoons studio for nearly four years on numerous short films and commercial projects, along with collaborating on many freelance projects and commercials. Her most recent short film, â€œSideshowâ€ (2006) has screened in festivals worldwide.
Kerri Allegretta received her Associate for Fine Arts from Suffolk Community College on Long Island before attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she received her Bachelor degree for traditional animation. She has done freelance work for Noodlesoup productions, DMA animation studio and has been employed at Plympton studios for over five years. At Plympton studios she worked on many short films, commercials and Plympton’s latest feature “Idiots and Angels”. Her main tasks were intern supervisor and digital painter. Allegretta’s second year student film â€œSecurityâ€ received the Jury award at the Long Island Film Festival in 2004. Her thesis film “Golf Cart Caper” was third place in the student competition at the Fort Lauderdale film festival in 2006.
Kevin Palmer has been at New York’s Homestead Editorial for 7 years, where he has worked on commercials, short films and features. “Idiots and Angels” marks his debut as a feature film editor, though he has worked as an additional and assistant editor on several other features. April also saw his European and Polish language editorial debuts, with the recent premier of “Nagle na Zawsze” (40min. dir. Zbigniew Bzymek) at the ÅodziÄ… Po WiÅ›le festival in Warsaw. Kevin is a native of Willington, CT and graduated from Amherst College in 2000 with a degree in Russian language and literature, after dabbling in European history and theoretical linguistics.
Greg has been working as a sound designer for over 10 years. His work can be heard in numerous feature films, shorts, documentaries, animated films, tv shows, and commercials. His work on previous Plympton projects include: “Guide Dog”, “Gary Guitar”, and “Shuteye Hotel.” He also sound designed Nina Paley’s animated feature “Sita Sings the Blues” which premiered at the Berlinale 2008. Other recent credits include World Leaders Entertainment’s cartoon series “SuperNormal” and Kevin Watkins’s stop motion short “Hose.” Greg likes dark beer and sushi, but doesn’t normally consume the two at the same time for some odd reason…Lately he has been listening to the sounds of the earth recorded from orbiting satellites. Maybe in a future life he will be an astronaut.
Nicole Renaud is a French born but NY based singer/songwriter/accordionist. Her songs are haunting, ethereal and moody. She has performed extensively in the New York underground circuit as well as at international events such as the Venice Bienale, the Davos World Conference etc.. She is regularly featured live on French national public radio France Culture and French-German Television ARTE. Nicole has had a fruitful on-going collaboration with Bill Plympton over the past few years. Her songs are featured in his films Eat, Mutant Aliens, The Fan and the Flower and now, Idiots and Angels. Other soundtrack work of hers includes an award winning Superbowl Volkswagen commercial in 2001.
Corey Allen Jackson
Corey Allen Jackson is a versatile composer whose work to date spans the gamut from animation to horror. He has composed music for over 25 projects, including Lifetime Channel’s Storm Cell, Left in Darkness, NBC’s Emmy-nominated Starting Over and video games The Punisher and The Simpsons. His music can also be heard in many Bill Plympton films including Idiots and Angels, Shut-Eye Hotel, Guide Dog, and soon-to-be released Hot Dog. He holds music degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Oklahoma, and certificates from La Schola Cantorum in Paris.
Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Rachelle Garniez is known as “a diva with a difference” and “a certified free spirit”. A native of NYC, Rachelle has released 4 cds on her label, Real Cool Records, and performs her music and songs in a wide variety of situations.
Hank Bones has entertained audiences around the world, from London to Tahiti to the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. In addition to singing and playing half a dozen instruments, he has composed music for film and television, including feature-length movies for Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton. He has a repertoire of nearly 1000 songs, stretching from Scott Joplin to the Beatles and beyond. He has recently released an album of Hoagy Carmichael songs for solo guitar. In 2000, he won “Best Homegrown CD” award from Acoustic Guitar magazine for Modern Stone Age Music, with his Hawaiian flavored Swing group, The Haoles.
Didier Carmier was born in Paris, France and studied classical guitar at the conservatoire. He has worked with composer Georges Garvarentz and arranger Bernard Gerard on commercials and film scores (Les annees campagnes).
In 1992 he moves to NYC, working as a guitarist and arranger.
Didier supplied some music for Bill Plympton in â€Mutant Aliensâ€, â€œEATâ€, â€œHair Highâ€, â€œthe Fan and the Flowerâ€ and recently â€œ Idiots and angelsâ€.