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Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane was born in 1964 in Auce, Latvia, and grew up mostly in Tukums, Latvia, and Sakhalin Island in the Soviet Union's Far East. Her son Haralds was born in 1987. She graduated from Moscow University in 1989 with a B.A. in Philosophy. In 1989 she started work at Dauka Animation Studio in Riga as an animator and cel painter. She also designed and directed several animated commercials for local TV. In 1991 she made her debut as scriptwriter, director, and artist with a two-minute animated film, The Witch and the Cow . From 1991 to 1992 she lived in Moscow, and there illustrated two books, Little Red Riding Hood (Krasnaya Shapochka), and a book of poetry for children by Fred Solianov, The Gilded Rhino . Later in 1993 the Moscow Publishing Company, Album, published a a book of which she was both author and illustrator, The Book of the Tigers (Kniga Tigrov) . In 1993 she returned to Riga to work on her next film, Tiny Shoes, which was completed in that year and would go on to take the Grand Prix at the International Women's Film Festival in Minsk, 1995. In 1993 she also worked for the puppet theater, Krumu Ezis, Riga, on the production of Sausage Water, designing puppets, costumes, and sets. In 1994 she began work on her third film, The Gold of the Tigers, based on the story of her earlier book. Production of the film was completed in 1995. In 1995 she illustrated the book, Why Angels Drive Scooters, by Stefan Randstrom, published in that year by Litorale Publishers, Helsinki. In September of 1995 she moved to New York City where, in January 1996, she started work as production manager, color stylist, and cel painter for Bill Plympton's animated feature I Married a Strange Person . The film was completed in the spring of 1997. She subsequently worked on several other Bill Plympton short films: Sex and Violence (1997), The Exciting Life of a Tree (1998), More Sex and Violence (1998), an MTV pilot Helter Shelter (1998), Surprise Cinema (1999), and Eat (2001) and took over production of Bill's newest feature animation Mutant Aliens in the summer of 2000. The film was completed later that year. In November 1998 she completed her fourth animated film, her first made in America, Love Story, which went to more than 20 film festivals around the world, and received several awards. In 1999 she finished another film The Threatened One , an animated short and her personal interpretation of a poem by Jorge Luis Borges, part of an international film project featuring visual interpretations of poetry. The film was awarded in several film festivals. In, 2000 She spent most of the year working with partner Josh Rechnitz on an ambitious 10 minute animated piece Natasha. It was completed in early 2001 and successfully hit the film festival circuit. In 2001 she worked on animation inserts for a live action feature by Austin Chick, XX/XY and started work on animated pieces for a documentary film about the noted Russian artist Sitnikov by Andrei Zagdanski which was finished in the Spring of 2002. In early 2002 she completed the animated short Five Fucking Fables . Shortly afterward, she returned to Latvia, where she was given grants by the Film Center Foundation and Culture Capital to make a ten-minute film. The film, Woman, premiered on September 21st in the Latvian Film Festival Arsenals. The same year, her documentary portrait Signe and.... was shot by the recognized Latvian documentary filmmaker Dzintra Geka. Dentist, her latest film, was created during 2003 and 2004, while she was also working on Bill Plymptn's feature Hair High as a cel painter and camera assistant. Five Infomercials for Dentists, a parody based on the same characters of dentist and patient, accompanied Dentist for festival submissions in early 2005. Signe has initiated and curated a number of independent animation programs and along with Patrick Smith and Bill Plympton is the organizing core of Square Footage Films, a group of New York independent animators that self-publishes and distributes DVDs of their own work. Besides doing animation Signe has also worked as an illustrator for children's books at Santillana Publishing House, Puerto Rico. She is also working with McGraw-Hill, illustrating a textbook series for children. Among her illustration clients is Utne Reader magazine. In 1999 She received Permanent Resident Card as an Extraordinary Ability Alien. From 2000 to 2002 she taught animation at Pratt Institute, and is periodically publishing parts of a novel about her adventures in New York in Una, a Latvian women's magazine. She is a 2005 Fellow in Film of the New York Foundation for the Arts. In the same year, she received an individual artist grant from The Jerome Foundation, and in May 2005 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

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Signe Baumane Presents: Morning, Day, Evening, Night...And Morning Again - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 8 minutes

(2006)

Winner of the 2005 First Prize High School Animation Award from the Ottawa Animation Festiva, Lev Polyakov's bittersweet "Morning, Day, Evening, Night...And Morning Again" tells the story of the impermanence of love: a man falls in love&hellip…

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Signe Baumane Presents: Morning, Day, Evening, Night...And Morning Again - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 8 minutes

(2006)

Winner of the 2005 First Prize High School Animation Award from the Ottawa Animation Festiva, Lev Polyakov's bittersweet "Morning, Day, Evening, Night...And Morning Again" tells the story of the impermanence of love: a man falls in love&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films

$14.95 | 110 minutes

(2006) - Animation, Director

If animation is an expression of one's Soul, then Signe's soul according to the DVD she just released with her 10 animated films (1991- 2005) ranges from an entertaining whore (FIVE FUCKING FABLES) to a monk searching for Meaning of Life&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Five Informercials For Dentists - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 4 minutes

(2005)

Five bizarre infomercials introduce dentists to the substantial products of their trade: latex gloves, anesthesia, dental tools, crowns and chocolate&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: The Witch and the Cow - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 2 minutes

(1991)

A tiny witch tries to milk an immense cow. Things get out of control. A Note From The Filmmaker: My son, who was 3 or 4 at that time, and I were taking a lot of long walks in order to avoid my controlling loving mother. That was&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: The Witch and the Cow - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 2 minutes

(1991)

A tiny witch tries to milk an immense cow. Things get out of control. A Note From The Filmmaker: My son, who was 3 or 4 at that time, and I were taking a lot of long walks in order to avoid my controlling loving mother. That was&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Dentist - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 10 minutes

(2005)

An enthusiastic dentist, a reluctant patient, and a strange picture on the wall... Filmmaker's Note: I grew up in the Soviet Union where drilling teeth or getting root canals were usually practiced without anesthesia. Needless to say because&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Dentist - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 10 minutes

(2005)

An enthusiastic dentist, a reluctant patient, and a strange picture on the wall... Filmmaker's Note: I grew up in the Soviet Union where drilling teeth or getting root canals were usually practiced without anesthesia. Needless to say because&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Woman - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 10 minutes

(2002)

Woman is a visual poem about the Creation of a woman and her two ways of encountering a man. In one way she has a potential to bring death to a man. In the other she can give him her love. It all depends on man's actions. A woman&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Five Fucking Fables - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 7 minutes

(2002)

Filmmaker's note: This film wasn't conceived, it was spilled out by me, totally uncensored, unfiltered ideas. That's not how most of animated films are done - usually it is more controlled process. I let myself to be free to express and&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Love Story - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 3 minutes

(1998)

Love Story is an animated drama, short and funny, about the separation of Love and Sex, with a happy ending. Filmmaker's Note: It was 1998, I had been in New York for three long years, and had made no films during this time. I was very&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Natasha - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 10 minutes

(2001)

Josh Rechnitz's Natasha focuses on a 10 min animated short about a neglected housewife who falls in love with a household appliance&hellip&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: The Threatened One - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 4 minutes

(1999)

A man has fallen in love with a woman and he laments that the world that used to matter to him is now gone. There's only one being in this life that now truly matters. A note from the filmmaker: I had just finished Love Story and&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Tiny Shoes - ON DEMAND

$1.99 | 10 minutes

(1993)

A modern Freudian fairy tale about a girl, her father, a prince, and a dragon. A Note From The Filmmaker: I had a tumultuous if not disastrous first marriage to a Russian. The relationship covered quite a bit of ground - from Moscow to&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: Tiny Shoes - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 10 minutes

(1993)

A modern Freudian fairy tale about a girl, her father, a prince, and a dragon. A Note From The Filmmaker: I had a tumultuous if not disastrous first marriage to a Russian. The relationship covered quite a bit of ground - from Moscow to&hellip…

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Ten Animated Films: The Gold of the Tigers - DOWNLOAD

$7.99 | 21 minutes

(1995)

A Borges-like tale about tigers that switch the customary places of dreams and reality&hellip&hellip…

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