CRIME: The Animated Series

CRIME: The Animated Series

CRIME: THE ANIMATED SERIES is a gritty, raw, and sometimes humorous animated documentary of real-life accounts, narrated by everyday people who know all too well the violent struggles of street life and crime.

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From bank robbers to cops to victims to observers, Crime: The Animated Series explores how crime affects us all. The series is dark, compelling,heartbreaking, and yes – sometimes funny.
Always surprising and intimate, Crime presents a collection of unique perspectives on a subject that has captivated though-out time.
 

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Ep1.Joe Bascetta: Pelican Tattoo

Owner and operator of Pelican Tattoo in Hartford, Connecticut, Joe Bascetta has spent many years observing the various crimes around him from his Park Street address.

 

Series Director: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Animation Director: Sam Chou
Edited by: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Designer: Nathan Dewey
Animator: Nathan Dewey
Backgrounds: Nathan Dewey
Sound Design + Mix: TA2 Sound + Music
Produced by Style5.tv and Lambert Films

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Ep2. Joe Loya: The Beirut Bandit

“Joe Loya, a former bank robber, recalls his first heist, in this noir-inspired animated documentary by Alix Lambert and Sam Chou. Based on an excerpt from Lambert’s book Crime and featuring Chou’s chiaroscuro drawings, Joe Loya is fast, fun and illuminating. Breaking the law has rarely looked so stylish.”  -ALEX ROGALSKI, TIFF Programmer

Official Selection oronto International Film Festival •

Series Director: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Produced by Style5.tv and Lambert Films
Animation Director: Sam Chou
Storyboard: Kristoffer W. Mikkelsen, Firas Momani, Sam Chou
Editor: Sam Chou and Alix Lambert
Designer: Freddy Carrasco
BG paint: Michele Assarasakorn
Sound Design + Mix: TA2 Sound + Music

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Ep3. Nelson George: 2008

Writer and culture critic, Nelson George, talks about his childhood, the nature of crime, and the state of Hip Hop in the year 2008.

Series Director: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Produced by: Lambert Films and Style5.tv
Animation Director: Sam Chou
Edited by: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Designer: Freddy Carrasco
Animator: Freddy Carrasco
Backgrounds: Freddy Carrasco
Compositor: NIck Fairhead
Sound Design + Mix: TA2 Sound + Music
Interview conducted by: Alix Lambert
Based on the play: Crime, USA, Hartford, by: Alix Lambert

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Ep4. He Was 28 When He Killed My Parents

The speaker prefers that her name be with held. A forensic artist in Tennessee recalls growing up with her brother.

Series Director: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Produced by Style5.tv and Lambert Films
Animation Director: Michele Assarasakorn
Editor: Sam Chou and Alix Lambert
Compositor: Nick Fairhead
Sound Design + Mix: TA2 Sound + Music
All interviews conducted by: Alix Lambert

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Ep5. Samson Styles: Fourth Of July

BET journalist, Samson Styles, talks about being a stick-up kid and the events that  changed his life one Fourth of July.

• 2013  Toronto REEL Asian International Film Festival •

“A stick-up kid gets a surprise dose of revenge in this true crime animated documentary.”

Series Director: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Produced by Style5.tv and Lambert Films
Animation Director: Sam Chou
Storyboard: Adam Temple
Editor: Sam Chou and Alix Lambert
Designer: Freddy Carrasco
BG paint: Michele Assarasakorn
Production Asst: Jacob Medjuck
Sound Design + Mix: TA2 Sound + Music

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Ep6. Marcus McGhee

When Hartford teacher Marcus McGhee has his car stolen, the police refuse to assist him.

2014 Official Selection Sundance Film Festival •

Marcus McGhee Digital Press Kit

Series Director: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou
Produced by Lambert Films and Style5.tv
Animation Director: Sam Chou
Editor: Sam Chou and Alix Lambert
Storyboards: Freddy Carrasco, Sam Chou
Designer: Freddy Carrasco
Animator: Freddy Carrasco
Sound Design + Mix: TA2 Sound + Music
Interview conducted by: Alix Lambert
Based on the play, Crime, USA, Hartford, by Alix Lambert 

 

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Reviews and Related Press

MOCAtv has developed an international following of subscribers, who can watch interviews, documentaries, video art and even an Animated Series…” (more)
 
 “Our favorite little series they’ve brought online recently is a super fascinating, pretty strange intersection of art and true crime.” (more)
 
“…the film is an educational and entertaining way to spend the next 3:54, so do it.” (more)
 
 “I’ve been lucky enough to see a preview of these amazing shorts, and they’re gonna knock your socks off.” (more)
 
 The episodes shine a light on the dark, compelling, heartbreaking, and yes — sometimes funny subject of crime and how it affects society.(more)
 
 “These videos illuminate the world of crime and paint a complex portrait of who we are as people.” (more)
 
 Lambert and Chou have developed a series of short animated episodes, which through a variety of voices, illuminate the criminal world and paint a complex portrait of who we are as people.” (more)
 
“The show is an exploration of crime and criminal behaviour using real interviews and real stories from the actual people.” (more)
 
 

CRIME: The Animated Series Hits Toronto

CRIME: Joe Loya — The Beirut Bandit, is playing the Toronto International Film Festival this week and is sure to have audiences talking about just more than it being the shortest film to screen at TIFF.
More at Filmmaker Magazine
 

TIFF REVIEW: SHORT CUTS CANADA PROGRAMME 5

 His voice is calm and nostalgic in his story of realizing his true calling as a bank robber. The animation, directed by Alix Lambert and Sam Chou has an accomplished film noir feeling to it. The film is definitely entertaining and is clearly an entry to a broader story to Joe’s telling of his life.

more at Toronto Film Scene

TIFF 2013: Short Cuts Canada

short, sweet, appealing to the eye and an incredible amount of fun packed into just two minutes. Joe Loya is one of the most delightfully stylized little shorts to have surfaced in recent times – a must-see.

more at Canadian Film Review

 

Road to Sundance 2014: Crime: Marcus McGhee, directed by Alix Lambert and Sam Chou

Once Sam and I had the idea, the problem always is finding a way to finance a film. We made a trailer and used that to talk about what we wanted to do.  

more on All About Indie Filmmaking

 

 

 

 

 

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