Order gives way to chaos. Chaos generates ferment. Ferment spurs fecundity. Whisper, Rustle is a product of the Covid-19 pandemic, born of long walks in the forest spent memorizing poems by W.B. Yeats. Emergency measures disrupted regular patterns of human behavior and fear upended all normal interactions. The disequilibrium unsettled everyone but also brought a new understanding of the fragility of our sense of order. Whisper, Rustle depicts this cycle with animation of natural and stylized elements drawn primarily from Yeats’s poems and prose. Stop motion animated objects include sand, pebbles, flower petals, oak bark, leaves, gravel, sponges, seeds, egg shells, a rotting log.
Maureen Zent is a writer and self-taught animator in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Her animated shorts include Tango Sparks, Yank Tug Yank, Oulipo’s Cave, and Bostle Sleench. Her stories explore the way our conflicting desires create great challenges. Her animation has screened at Rome International Film Festival, Athens Animfest, Stop Motion Mexico, Big Cartoon Festival, KuanDu International Animation Festival, and more. She has served as a juror for the Florida Animation Festival.
Music: Paul Guy Stevens