We had an exclusive Greensboro showing of New York Times Critic’s Pick, Winner of the International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award, ROCKS IN MY POCKETS, which we brought on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to the Carousel Cinemas-Battleground at 7:00pm.

In the new animated gem ROCKS IN MY POCKETS, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity.

Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion andJealousy_Sc_005_vs_1_and vs_2_Small classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival.

ROCKS IN MY POCKETS was sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Greensboro and NAMI Guilford for Mental Illness Awareness Month. We were fortunate to have Signe Baumane, the filmmaker, introduce the film and answer questions at the end.

Signe asked a few trivia questions about her movie and generously gave out some papier-mâché rocks and drawings from her collection as prizes. She also welcomed questions from the audience, no matter how personal, and astounded us by being genuine, direct and blunt about her own struggles. Signe_Sc_037_Small