Austin, Texas – At a time where stories of young children fighting for their lives and their families lives are very real, Filmmaker Amy Bench’s new animated film “A Line Birds Cannot See” is set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.
The film follows a twelve-year-old immigrant girl who despite being separated from her mother at the U.S. Mexico border, survives her kidnappers, starvation, and the grueling weather with merely a plastic sack. The film highlights director Amy Bench’s refined skills in illustrating insignificant details of the human experience as well as her ability to convey stories of community and resilience. Bench has also had films be featured at Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, and MOMA PS1. Additionally, Bench was named the “DP on the Rise” by Paste Magazine in 2016.
The film had a stellar staff behind the scenes helping the story come to life. The film was produced by Carolyn Merriman, Jessica Goudeau and Constance Dykhuizen, and had Steve West as its lead animator. West is also established in the industry, being the director and founder of a creative design animation studio based in London called “Lazy Chief.” The studio has worked with notable projects, including Google, The Science Museum, The BBC, Facebook, and more.