The Drive North

2003 | Animation / Experimental / Parenting/Family / Relationships / Video Arts / Youth (18 & Under) | 13m | USA
Directors: Rhys Ernst

Two youths bicker their way up the east coast into a discomforting transition into adulthood in this early Super-8 experimental short by Rhys Ernst ( We’ve Been Around, This is Me ). Using still images, animation, Super-8, and an experimental score composed and performed by the filmmaker, The Drive North subverts the typical coming-of-age tale with social commentary, humor, and an understated identity-politics slant. This savvy 2003 short seamlessly incorporates an astute sense of self-reflection, rebellion, and family relationships.

Reviews and Awards

Princess Grace Award Honorarium

Gold Plaque, Student Experimental, Chicago International Film Festival

Best Overall, and Best Animation, Five College Film Festival

Honorable Mention—Directing for Drama, Carolina Film and Video Festival

Best from NC, Hi Mom Film Festival