Santa Monica College (SMC) animation student and multimedia fine artist Cat Ramos drives through Downtown Santa Monica’s 20th St. on a typical Southern California weekday afternoon in her green 1995 Isuzu Rodeo Trooper. Just ahead of her, a red and blue cement truck chugged ahead. Then, a light bulb of creative ideas went off for Ramos.
Three semesters and two independent studies later, the result of that afternoon drive is “Harvey Marcus,” a four minute short film selected to premiere at the TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Sunday, November 18th, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. “Finally, I’ve gotten some recognition with the art I do,” says Ramos.
The simplistic, black and white short animation is part of the 12th Annual L.A. Skins Fest, a Native American film festival dedicated to celebrating Native-made movies, filmmakers, industry professionals and musicians. The plot centers around a personified 1930s cement truck, Harvey Marcus, who can feel his surrounding environment and hear plants calling to him. Marcus has one job, to cover and protect the plants, who are suffering from the ills of an industrialized world.