From WILDsound MAY 2013 Film Festival!!

CADAVER, Animation/Adventure - 8min - USA
Appeared at WILDsound's May 2013 Film Festival

Directed by Jonah D. Ansell

Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Kathy Bates, and Tara Gevinson


A cadaver wakes up to say a last goodbye to his wife, but discovers a truth in death he didn't know in life.

CADAVER is an award-winning animated short film (longlisted for a 2013 Academy Award). It is also 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. CADAVER is written and directed by Jonah D. Ansell and produced by Amanda Ely and Mike Raspatello.

Why It's Unique:

CADAVER isn't just any old love story. It is a cinematic poem. Literally, it rhymes. 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.

A Multimedia Love Story:

CADAVER the graphic novel, available for sale at, features three bonus items: a haunting rendition of Neil Young's 1972 Billboard #1 hit, "Heart of Gold, performed by Tavi Gevinson, and an acoustic rendition of The Pet Shop Boys' 1988 UK Billboard #1 hit "Heart -- and finally, a digital viewing copy of the film, Cadaver. As seen in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, MTV, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Huffington Post, Jezebel, The Onion A.V. Club, Page 6, New York Magazine, Marie Claire, Daily Mail & Animation Magazine.

Director's statement:

CADAVER began as a short, whimsical poem that I wrote to my kid sister the day she cut open her first dead body as a med student at Chicago's Northwestern University. I never intended to make the poem into a movie. I simply sought to lighten her mood and mitigate her understandable fears on what was then the biggest day of her life on her path to becoming a doctor.

My sister successfully cut open her cadaver. I successfully moved onto other projects. A year passed. But something in the poem kept prying me back to it. Beneath the rhyme that tickled the ear lurked a text that tackled a truth.

CADAVER isn't a poem. CADAVER is a battle.

Of romantic versus cynic. Of how love inspires versus how love exploits. CADAVER is the net sum of my thirty battered years of falling into and out of love. Of having my heart crushed. Or discovering I was crushing someone else's.

As a writer, I am honored and humbled that my words resonated so deeply with my dear friends (producers Amanda Ely & Mike Raspatello) and my childhood icons (and cinematic heroes) Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates. The film was a true collaboration that was blessed by so many people's wonderful talents. On behalf of the entire cast and crew, I look forward to sharing CADAVER with anyone who has had their heart broken -- and with anyone who has broken a heart. It is a story for the hopeful romantics. It is a story for the harshest cynics.

- - writer/director Jonah D. Ansell

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