Short Film

A first love is corrupted as a man recalls his affair with a beautiful circus contortionist in this stop-motion animation of wooden manikins. At its heart, Magda is an off-center parable about lost innocence and the corruptibility of human nature. Visually, the film explores the use of extreme telephoto lenses, creating enigmatic scenes that reveal themselves over time, and ghostly figures drifting in-and-out of focus. Magda is filmmaker Chel White’s third adaptation of a story by radio artist and writer
Joe Frank. (The previous films are “Dirt” and “Soulmate”.)

produced & directed by Chel White
written & narrated by Joe Frank
director of photography Mark Eifert
animated by Jeff Riley
café scene animation Teresa Drilling
art director Bartek Prusiewicz
lead set designer Aaron Brown
edited by Steven Miller & Chel White
sound design Lance Limbocker
music Courtney Von Drehle
music performed by Klezmocracy