Drew Christie is an animator and illustrator who lives and works on Whidbey Island, outside Seattle.
Featured image credit: Still from Allergy to Originality (2012)
Louis Riel for Dinner (2015)
In 1964, the Canadian auteur filmmaker Guy Maddin found a crumpled up story outside of his elementary school. He has kept it with him his entire life, never knowing who the author was. The story tells the tale of a cruel father, a Canadian folk hero and a duck.
Charles Bukowski Uncensored & Animated (2014)
In 1993, candid conversations between Charles Bukowski, his wife, and his producer took place in Bukowski’s home during the recording session for his classic Run With the Hunted.
This is our animated re-imagining of that conversation.
Allergy to Originality (2012)
Melville said, “It’s better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Which sounds like something a guy who’d just failed would say. “Allergy to Originality” asks why today’s multiplex is so often brimming with sequels, remakes and plain imitations, then answers with a trip through art history at the speed of Wikipedia. A 2014 Sundance selection.
HI! I’M A NUTRIA (2012)
Created for the New York Times and published on March 19th, 2012.
Song of the Spindle (2011)
A whale finally gives Drew Christie the smack-down he deserves in “Song of the Spindle,” but then generously details the biological harmonies between humans and whales. He’s even kind enough to propose real solutions to some of the ills of human society, like war and alienation. A truly surprising film and 2012 Sundance selection.
Some Crazy Magic: Meeting Harry Smith (2011)
Artist and filmmaker Harry Smith (1923-1991) is best known for catalyzing the 1960’s folk-revival with his Anthology of American Folk Music. Less well-known is his reputation among friends and acquaintances as a modern-day shaman. He claimed to be an initiate of the Lummi Indians, he designed Tarot cards for the Ordo Templi Orientis and helped Alan Ginsberg levitate the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In “Some Crazy Magic,” he pulls wonder and joy out of, well, not a hat….
The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln (2011)
Step inside the psychodrama of Boston Corbett, the strange and tortured man who killed John Wilkes Booth. Animated in charcoal, pastels, and crayon on the pages of twelve paperback books, this compact and austere film reveals the bewitching series of events that follows President Lincoln’s assassination. Music by Spencer Thun. Sound and Voices by Ian Picco.