Rocks in My Pockets

  • Wed Oct 8
  • Fri Oct 10
Rocks in My Pockets

with filmmaker /animator Signe Baumane in person on Oct 8

Signe Baumane

An animated retelling of the director’s, and her family’s, brushes with madness and depression. Through surreal imagery, laced with dark humor and metaphors, Baumane looks at the effects that a genetic predisposition to sadness and madness can have on one’s rocky, and potentially wonderful life. There’s nothing CGI here: each of the 129,600 frames in Rocks has been hand crafted. With 28 stop motion paper maché sets and approximately 23,000 drawings, the film is a feat of animation craft! “Boasting a narrative of extraordinary complexity and density, stuffed with irony, humor and tales-within-tales, the imaginative animated memoir Rocks in My Pockets merges a mini-history of 20th-century Latvia with that of helmer Signe Baumane and her forebears. Along the way, it provides a fascinating and very personal look at mental illness, as well as familial and societal dictates and dynamics.” (Variety)

With Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born animator Signe Baumane, a frequent collaborator of indie animator Bill Plympton, has made a “funny film about depression,” which continues her history of creating work that tackles adult subjects with humor. Winner of the International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, where it had its world premiere in July.

Cosponsored with Cornell Minds Matter; Science & Technology Studies. This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA's Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (


DCP color
1 hour 28 minutes
release year/country
2014 USA