Synopsis: A group of twenty-somethings, coping with the sudden loss of a close friend, do the only thing that makes sense to them in their time of grief: they put on a play.
Februarium has taken many forms.
On the surface, it is an annual celebration of the holiday known as “Februarium,” which takes place in late February and pays homage to its patron saint, Dr. Februar, through offerings of buttermilk biscuits, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, and the destruction of a two-month-old Christmas tree.
At its core, Februarium is the result of a group of twenty-somethings, coping with the sudden loss of a close friend, who create a bombastic celebration drenched in comic absurdity — a sincere and heartfelt living eulogy to honor the dead, and to mock the capricious, idiot fate that made them that way.
I want Februarium to live on forever — like a good wake — as an act that is as joyful as it is fatalist, as sincerely absurd as it is absurdly sincere.
John Summerson is an award-winning animation director and storyteller. He specializes in creative nonfiction in animation, and he happily conflates visual media like stop motion, digital, and hand-drawn 2D animation, video, and sequential art, with inventive reportage practices from creative nonfiction writing, to create a unique friction between fabricated images and fact.
His accolades include the Grand Prize at the LG Art of the Pixel competition, the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educator’s Forum Scholarship, and the Princess Grace Undergraduate Film Scholarship. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in Budapest, Madrid, Berlin, and London, and in Times Square in New York City.
John holds a Master’s Degree in Documentary Animation from the Royal College of Art in London, UK, and earned his BFA in Animated Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. He is also an enthusiastic pinball player, has a great recipe for fried chicken popcorn, and is really good at making lists that have three things in them.