This is installment #5 of Shadow And Act's #ShortFilmShoutout series.
Are you ready to cry? Then check out this week's Short Film Shoutout, Felix.
Directed by James Rogers III, Felix is set in what looks like New Orleans and tells the story of the titular character, a stray dog who finds a home with an old woman who lives in a bus in the bayou. Felix lives happily with the woman until one fateful day things change. The story is sad, for sure. But the film ends full circle, with Felix passing the love the old woman gave him forward.
Felix isn't just a good short film, it's one that also continues to break boundaries in the animation world. Even though we do have to thank certain visionaries in the field, such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's Peter Ramsey and OG Disney animator Floyd Norman, Black creators in animation still don't have the shine they deserve.
Hopefully, though, the path that creators like Ramsey and Norman have laid out will help up-and-coming creators like Rogers make even bigger impacts in the animation industry.
Photo: James Rogers III