Academy Award nominated filmmaker and beloved animator Bill Plympton will make a rare stop in Cleveland this month at the Cleveland Cinematheque. “Plympton’s cartoons are beautifully rendered and very funny,” says Ewing, co-founder and director of the Cleveland Cinematheque located in the Cleveland Institute of Art. Plympton, whose shorts have been recognized at the Oscars on several occasions, will also make a visit to the Cinematheque next month. The animator is world-renowned for his still hand-drawn shorts and feature films that are brilliantly pencil sketched in skillfully abstract detail. In 1987, Plympton was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film “Your Face”. He later moved his talents to television and beyond with shorts appearing on MTV and Spike and Mike’s Twisted Festival of Animation before moving on to expanding his horizon to feature length films. In 2005, he was once again nominated for his short film talents, obtaining his second Oscar nomination for the short “Guard Dog”. The filmmaker’s latest feature, “Idiots and Angels”, follows a man’s battle for his soul and will be on display at the theater on April 14th. Sponsored by sci-fi madman and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, the film does not contain a lick of dialogue, however, music from the likes Tom Waits, Moby and Pink Martini help fill the void. “When I called the distributor of ‘Idiots and Angels’ to book the film, I asked if Plympton might also be available to attend as well,” Ewing says. “He was willing to do so, but we had to wait a few months to accommodate his schedule.” Plympton will be on hand to answer questions and discuss among other things his latest short “The Cow Who Wanted To Be a Hamburger” (2010), which made the short-list for the 2011 Academy Awards and will also screen after the film. Admission is $12 for non-members and $8 for Cinematheque members and CIA students and staff. The films begin at 7pm. Founded in 1986, The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (the Cleveland Cinematheque for short) has been screening new and exciting art house films and retrospectives of classic films and filmmakers, for the last 25 years and has no plans to lighten the load. According to co-founder Tim Harry, the Cinematheque is the best art house movie theatre in the country second only to The Harvard Film Archive. For more information on what is happening in the world of film head on over to their official site at www.cia.edu and click on the Cinematheque link for a complete schedule.