Sticks and Stones is an animated story about a boy exploring his world, mediated by technology and social media. Are we a part of nature, or outside it? Is it "human nature" to be cruel? Through empathy, we learn everything is connected.
In real life and online, kids are bullied. Innocent animals are also mistreated "for fun", or by those too young to know better. This film examines how technology and social media affect the way kids interact with each other and the world around them.
This film is intended for all audiences, but particularly geared towards children. It can be used as an educational tool, as the themes of peer pressure, online responsibility, "nature deficiency disorder", and environmentalism are topical and pressing social issues.
Screenings and awards (click links for details)
Animateka, Ljubljana, Slovenia - Dec. 7-13, 2015
Skepto, Caligliari, Italy - April 13-16, 2016
Play Kid's Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal - Feb. 13-21, 2016
Ecozine, Zaragoza, Spain - May 3-21, 2016
KIKI Int'l Children's Film Festival, Zabok, Croatia - April 25-28, 206
Int'l Film Festival for Human Rights, Asuncion, Paraguay - Nov. 14-19, 2016
Story, Direction, Animation: Isaac King
Music/Sound: David Kamp
Produced by: Head Gear Animation
Produced with the support of: Ontario Arts Council, an Ontario Government Agency
Sticks and Stones © Isaac King 2014