Longtime family friends and Oak Park natives Tavi Gevinson and Jonah Ansell discuss their work on Cadaver and the transformation of the story from short film to graphic novel. Heidi Reitmaier, Beatrice C. Mayer Director of Education, moderates the screening and conversation. The Cadaver graphic novel is sold by the MCA Store at the event and a book signing follows the program.
Cadaver is an award-winning animated short film (long-listed for a 2013 Academy Award) and a graphic novel for adults (Academy Chicago Publishers, 2013). The bittersweet love story features Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, Rookie magazine’s Tavi Gevinson, and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates. It tells the tale of a cadaver who wakes up to say a last goodbye to his wife but discovers a truth in death he didn’t know in life. Inspired by the wit of Shel Silverstein and the wisdom of William Shakespeare, it is a twenty-first-century love sonnet that seeks to awaken the hopeful romantic within even the harshest cynic.