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THE AMBER THIEF

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DIRECTOR

Jonathan Riles

RUNTIME

7 Minutes

COUNTRY

USA

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SYNOPSIS

The Amber Thief is a short stop-motion animation film and poem that reimagines the predator-prey relationship between a spider and a fly.

As a practicing filmmaker, video artist, and sculptor, Jonathan Riles strives to bend everyday art reality into something more memorable. Riles grew up in Appalachia Ohio, where he discovered his love for theatre. After to performing in various plays and musicals, Riles decided to take a more "behind the camera" approach to narrative storytelling, and recently earned his BFA in Film Production from Syracuse University. His films have screened internationally, and he is the founder and key animator of Shelluster Studios.

Director Statement

I came up with the story of The Amber Thief while I was daydreaming and sketching random characters in distinct situations. I found myself with a drawing a spider and a fly dining at a table together. The irony of that image was so captivating to me, and the plot was written with that main event in mind.

CAST and CREW

Director/Writer/Producer/Editor - Jonathon Riles
Associate Producer - Phil Dae Han
Associate Producer - Brad Bownes
Associate Producer - Jasper Jones
Story - Duncan Kelbley
Story - Phil Dae Han
Story - Tyler Cummin
Animator - Jonathan Riles
Animator - Jasper Jones
Animator - Nathaniel Jakes

CAST
Jonathan Riles - Narrator
Georgia Slagle - Spider
Jasper Jones - Fly