Cattle Call is a high-speed animated documentary about the art of livestock auctioneering. Structured around the mesmerizing talents of 2007 Man-Sask Auctioneer Champion, Tim Dowler, and using a variety of classic and avant-garde animation techniques (including stop-motion, cut-outs, open-exposures, hole-punching and rubbing lettraset directly on the celluloid) filmmakers Maryniuk and Rankin have created images as dazzlingly abstract, absurd and adrenalizing as the incredible language of auctioneering itself.
This hallucinogenic study of what Werner Herzog has termed the poetry of capitalism.

Awards

February 1, 2009 Most Innovative Short Film Award Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth 2009
March 1, 2009 Best Experimental Short Film SXSW 2009
May 1, 2009 First Place, Independent Non-narrative Kalamazoo Animation Festival International 2009
July 1, 2009 Best Manitoba Short Film Award Gimli Film Festival 2009
November 1, 2009 Best Short Short St. Louis International Film Festival 2009

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