The protagonists of Luis Cook’s grotesquely funny animated short film The Pearce Sisters are starving—not for food, but for human contact. The pair eke out a meager existence in a remote seaside locale, spending their days fishing, then smoking their catch in a small wooden shack. One day the sea offers up extra bounty, in the form of a shipwrecked sailor. Unfortunately, the sisters’ hospitality is rejected, leading to an unexpected resolution: a macabre tea party. Seems the rites of “civilized” society hold sway even in the absence of society. The nine-minute short recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival. You can find out more about it at the Pearce Sisters website, which features the director talking about the making of the movie, as well as a link to Atom Films, where you can view the picture in its entirety.

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