B’raesheet, an international award-winning animated film by John Teton
John Teton's animated short B'raesheet (Complete Version), released in 2010, is a new work built upon his award-winning 1973 film, based upon an ancient legend suggesting that people experience a fantastic vision of the universe prior to birth. It is set to music by Stravinsky, Charlie Haden and others.
Critics wrote of the shorter version "…a hauntingly lovely seven-minute impression of shapes and textures set to the music of Stravinsky's Firebird" (San Francisco Examiner), "…traces an embryo's evolution with joyous appreciation for life's mysteries" (Variety), and "Featured on Showtime, with its original humpback whale in the stars sequence more than twenty years before Fantasia 2000, this international award-winning film, set to Stravinsky's Firebird, is a mesmerizing experience" (Jerry Beck). At a little over eleven minutes, the new, complete film is one-half longer and includes some never-before released material that greatly amplifies the original vision with new imagery and additional music.
The original version of B'raesheet played at the Chicago and Los Angeles International Film Festivals, and took First Prize in Animation at the 12th Independent Filmmakers Festival and the President of the Japan Foundation Prize at the First Hiroshima International Amateur Film Festival—and as such, was the only American film to be awarded an Outstanding prize at the festival commemorating the 30th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack. (Some viewers may notice elements of the Stravinsky sections that are nearly identical to segments of a well-known PBS television series and a recent Academy Award-winning animated short, however both the series and the other short film, like Fantasia 2000, were created years after the earlier B'raesheet had put all of its Stravinsky sequences on screens throughout the US and abroad.) B'raesheet (Complete Version) had its East Coast US premiere at the 2011 Washington Independent Film Festival and its West Coast premiere at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival. B’raesheet (Complete Version) has been made available to the public on YouTube
B’raesheet was one of three finalists nationwide for the first Student Academy Award for Animation.