Connecticut College presents the stop-motion animated film ‘Torrey Pines’ Feb. 23

Connecticut College’s onStage Guest Artist Series presents “Torrey Pines,” an animated bio-pic with a live musical score on Feb. 23, in Evans Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Based on a true story, “Torrey Pines” is both a complete feature film and a touring theatrical show that chronicles the young life of director Clyde Petersen. The film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990s.

With a schizophrenic mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, 12-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

Petersen’s band, Your Heart Breaks, performs the live score to Torrey Pines. A Seattle band, this indie-rock trio has toured the world since 2000. The current lineup for the New London engagement includes Clyde Petersen, Lori Goldston, Zach Burba, Jacob Jaffe and Foley Artist Susie Kozawa, who creates sound design for dance and theater productions that feature live foley/soundscape.

Petersen is a Seattle-based artist, working in film, animation, music, installation and fabulous spectacle. His work has been featured around the world at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, SXSW, the Henry Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery, Portland State University, Western Washington University, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and many more. His clients include The Thermals, Kimya Dawson, Laura Veirs, Earth, Minor Alps, Quasi, Deerhoof, Sean Nelson, The Portland Cello Project and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down to name a few. He has been awarded grants for filmmaking from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), The Neddy at Cornish, the City of Seattle, the Artist Trust Innovator Award, the Awesome Foundation and 4Culture.

Tickets are $18 general admission, $16 for seniors, and $9 for students (general admission), and are available online or by calling the box office at 860-439-ARTS.

January 24, 2018