Blood Tea and Red String is a stop-motion animated feature that tells the charming story of love and greed, creation and loss, life and death and (of course), evil card-playing mice and birds and snakes that tear their way out of passive doll figures.
Christiane Cegavske is the director, producer, writer, set and costume designer and animator of this dialogue-free epic about the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic 'Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak'.
The Mice commission the Oak Dwellers to create a beautiful doll for them. When she is complete, the Creatures fall in love with her and refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery the Mice abscond with her in the middle of the night. The 'Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak' must journey through this mystical land to reclaim the love they created.
Cegavske studied painting and film at San Francisco Art Institute and graduated from there in 1993. She began work on "Blood Tea and Red String" in June of 1993 (without external funding) and completed this monumental project 13 years later. Much of the film was produced in San Francisco, including a stint in the mid-90s animating at the Werepad. She's worked on projects for The Oxygen Network, the Disney Channel, Fox and others, but is best known to IndieFest audiences for creating the disturbing animated dream sequences in last year's Opening film, Asia Argento's masterpiece The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (which is based on the excellent book by a middle-aged woman masquerading as a twenty-something, HIV positive, former child prostitute, tortured artist, pharmaceutical garbage can, fame whore named JT LeRoy). We are looking forward to presenting the (inevitable) film based upon her life at a future IndieFest.