The film tells the story of a boy who is responsible, along with his father, for finding the cure for an illness that is contracted after the person takes a fright.
Here is our interview with Co-Writer/Director Gustavo Steinberg.
Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. Suddenly, an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared. Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song. He embarks on a journey to save the world from the epidemic with his friends. Tito’s search for the antidote becomes a quest for his missing father and for his own identity. FROM TITO AND THE BIRDS
The fluidity of the animation holds a real majestic feel while still pushing the haunting boundaries of our fears. Add in an amazing score that easily amplifies the fear factors while still having moments of pure joy. Tito and The Birds is already one of the 25 potential Oscar contenders this year. It holds both the heart and the reality of the world we live in to garner a final Oscar nomination.
I had the real pleasure to chat with filmmaker Gustavo Steinberg about the film's origins and elements that brought the movie to life. From oil painting inspiration to the Goonies to harsh fear doctrines of our modern world, Gustavo and the team have given us a thought provoking and beautiful movie. Here is my chat with Gustavo Steinberg.
The film will have its New York premiere on Saturday, November 10th at 6:45 pm (at the Walter Reade Theater) at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s MY FIRST FILM FEST, a weekend-long showcase of classic and new cinematic works that speak to the experiences and curiosity of young people.
For more information – TITO AND THE BIRDS.