The Absence of Eddy Table – Special Screening and Q&A with Dave Cooper

The Absence of Eddy Table – Screening and Q&A
With TCAF Featured Guest Dave Cooper
Saturday, May 13, 5pm-6pm
@ The Marriott Bloor Yorkville, High Park Ballroom, 90 Bloor Street East
Free To Attend / No Tickets Required

In 2016 the beautiful and intricate art of Canada’s Dave Cooper was turned into a stunning, disturbing, and hilarious short animated film—The Absence of Eddy Table! Cooper, already known for his contributions to kid-friendly hit cartoons ‘Pig Goat Banana Cricket’ and “The Bagel and Becky Show” had some of his earlier comics adapted into the stunning and unique short movie by Norwegian production company Tordenfilm, and Director Rune Spaans. Having toured the animation festival circuit the film now arrives at TCAF, where it will be screened alongside an incredible Q&A with Cooper in attendance.

About The Absence of Eddy Table: What if your worst fear and your greatest love turn out to be the same thing? Lost in a dark forest, Eddy Table stumbles upon a mysterious girl and dangerous parasites. He should escape, but something keeps him from leaving. Director Rune Spaans’ romantic horror short is based on the works of Canadian artist Dave Cooper.

Production Year: 2016
Country of origin: Norway
Production Company: Tordenfilm AS
Director: Rune Spaans
Screenplay: Dave Cooper


2016 – Ottawa International Animation Film Festival: Best Design Award
2016 – Fredrikstad Animation Festival: Grand Prix, Audience Award

About Rune Spaans: Norwegian director and designer Rune Spaans (b. 1974) have had over 20 years of experience in design, animation and visual effects. He has contributed animation and VFX to films such as Monster Thursday (2004) and Trollhunter (2010), and directed several award winning commercials. In 2015 he directed his children’s feature film Two Buddies and a Badger (Knutsen & Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin). The Absence of Eddy Table is his first short film.

About Dave Cooper: Dave Cooper began his career in the 90s, making underground comics for Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books. His graphic novel Ripple sported an introduction by David Cronenberg. At the turn of the century, Dave morphed into an oil painter, showing alternately at galleries in Los Angeles and New York City. Monographs of his paintings had introductions by David Cross and Guillermo del Toro (Dave’s biggest patron). Around 2008 Dave turned his attention to the field of animation, ultimately getting two of his kids television shows greenlit- PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET (co-created by Johnny Ryan) for Nickelodeon, and THE BAGEL AND BECKY SHOW (based on his kids book, BAGEL’S LUCKY HAT) for Teletoon. PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET has been on the air in the U.S. since the summer or 2015, and THE BAGEL AND BECKY SHOW will air in the winter of 2016. in the spring of 2017 will return to print and oil painting with an ambitious slate of bizarre publications, and bodies of oil paintings. Dave lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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