STRAWBERRY MANSION | Official U.S. Trailer | In Theaters February 18, 2022
trailer for the feature film "Strawberry Mansion"
Eyeballs in the Darkness - trailer
a trailer for the animated feature film "Eyeballs in the Darkness"
Sylvio - Official Trailer
2 minute trailer for 80 minute film, 2017
Tux and Fanny - movie trailer
trailer for the feature film "Tux and Fanny"
Albert Birney is a Baltimore based filmmaker. He has directed five feature films, The Beast Pageant (co-directed with Jon Moses), Sylvio and Strawberry Mansion (both co-directed with Kentucker Audley), Tux and Fanny and Eyeballs in the Darkness. Sylvio was named one of the ten-best films of 2017 by The New Yorker. His films have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, the… more
In a world where the government records and taxes dreams, an unassuming dream auditor gets swept up in a cosmic journey through the life and dreams of an aging eccentric named Bella. Together, they must find a way back home.
Written and Directed by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley
Produced by Taylor Shung, Sarah Winshall, Emma Hannaway and Matisse Rifai
Starring Kentucker Audley, Penny Fuller, Grace Glowicki, Linas Phillips, and Reed Birney
Music by Dan Deacon
Sundance Film Festival
San Francisco Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
Wisconsin Film Festival
W&M Global Film Festival
Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival
Independent Film Festival Boston
Oak Cliff Film Festival
Fantasia Film Festival
Champs-Élysées Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
Sitges Film Festival
Gangneung International Film Festival
New Horizons Film Festival
Trieste Science+Fiction Festival
Sci-Fi London Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
Los Cabos Film Festival
Eyeballs in the Darkness
EYEBALLS IN THE DARKNESS (TUX AND FANNY PART 2)
(2022, 106 min)
A feature film sequel to my 2019 animated feature Tux and Fanny. I made this film using pixel animation, stop motion, puppets, and handmade recycled materials. It took 3 years to make.
Tux and Fanny
Tux and Fanny (2019, 82 min)
Tux and Fanny are two friends living together in the forest and these are their adventures!
named one of The New Yorker Best Movies of 2019
2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival
2019 Animage Festival
SYLVIO is a feature film about a small town gorilla who is stuck in his job at a debt collection agency. Deep down he just wants to express himself with his hand puppet, Herbert Herpels, and his puppet show that highlights the quiet moments of life. He accidentally joins a local TV program and a series of on-air mishaps threaten to shatter his identity, sending him on a journey of self-discovery.
SYLVIO was filmed entirely in Baltimore and funded from a Kickstarter campaign. The film premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival and went on to play over 20 festivals worldwide.
“This charming lo-fi indie is attuned to its own eccentric wavelength, equal parts absurd and poignant. A cult following for this bizarro effort seems quite possible." -Variety
"Exquisite yet uproarious. Sylvio is, at heart, a tale of independent artistry and its snares. The result is a generous, achingly tender comedy. -New Yorker
Peals (William of Future Islands + Bruce of Double Dagger) and director Albert Birney played “Trillium” for students at the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School and asked them to write stories while listening to the song.
There was only one constraint: each story begins with “The woman in the room…”
Trillium brings the kids’ stories to life. The woman in the room transforms into a dinosaur and chats with a wise talking pelican. Leather-jacket-wearing bad boys, “weird alien cat-things,” peaceful apples, and money-shooting water guns all make noteworthy appearances. The video includes scenes from 17 stories written by the students, along with footage of them writing in the classroom.
To capture the 5th graders’ imaginative worlds, director Albert Birney took a purposefully lo-fi approach to the props and sets. Some costumes and props were modeled on students’ drawings, including the paper maché head of Moophette, the “weird alien cat thing.” Similarly, the visual effects were created mainly in-camera, using a mix of silent-movie-style jumpcuts and multi-layered projections. The interplay between multiple projections, minimal set design, and a black and white color palette sets a dreamlike stage for the video.
The students write
Moophette, the "weird alien cat thing"
Peals - TrilliumWe played the song for 5th-graders. They wrote while listening. We filmed their stories. Director: Albert Birney Produced and conceived by Peals Camera: Dave Cooper Cast: Cricket Arrison, Valerie Orr, Students of Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School
The Night Fish
The Night Fish(2018, 9 minutes) "Plunging into the depths of existential despair but maintaining a co-existing levity and self-awareness, this beautiful lo-fi animation, merges with rousing sound design and music, to leave a haunting impression."
The Night Fish
Time is nothing for the fish
Inspired by a fever dream I had as a child
THE NIGHT FISH(2018, 9 minutes) I was having trouble sleeping so I imagined all of my thoughts were fish and made this film.
"An ordinary fly just trying to live a simple life."
Music by Jimmy Joe Roche and Alexander Borodin
I Can Hear The Trains Coming
It Feels Like Forever
Written and Directed by Albert Birney
Starring Ben O'Brien
Produced by Marnie Ellen Hertzler
Sound by Chester Endersby Gwazda
The Beast Pageant
A feature film about Abraham. Abraham lives deep in the heart of an idustrial wasteland. His only companion is a giant machine. Inside the machine is a man and a woman who take care of Abraham's every need. Abraham drifts through life until a tiny singing cowboy bursts from his stomach and leads him into the wild.
Filmed on a 16mm Bolex camera rescued from a dumpster behind Johns Hopkins Hospital. All sets made from paper mache and cardboard.
Official selection 2011:
Slamdance Film Festival
Maryland Film Festival
San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Detroit Independent Film Festival
Boston Underground Film Festival
Byron Bay Film Festival
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
Plastic Paper Film Festival
Santa Cruz Film Festival
Sonoma International Film Festival
Lund International Fantastic Film Festival
Arizona Underground Film Festival