Anna Stasek

The Flesh and the Blood

"Using hand drawn animation, I’ve created a world inspired by GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and bio-insecticides. Bio-insecticides are viral, fungal or bacterial organisms engineered to destroy agricultural pests. Evidence shows that these organisms have the ability to infect humans. This sets the stage for my story; The year is 2468. Only toxic remnants of nature exist in the form of GMOs, acclimated to their polluted environment. It’s up to Cooper Winkman to maintain the quarantine on Terminal Island where the organisms originated; If they spread, they could infect the human gene pool."

USA 2015 Director and Producer: Anna Stasek Animation, 9 min English with German subtitles The story is set in year 2468 in a desolate Southern California town where industrial pollution, unmanaged radioactive waste and pesticides have reduced nature to small patches of toxic land. The organisms that reside in these toxic patches survived years of manipulation of their natural environment by rapidly evolving into toxic beings themselves. It’s up to Cooper Winkman, the protagonist of the story, to maintain the quarantine on Terminal Island, a hot spot for these creatures. If the toxic creatures spread past the quarantine zone, they could infect the human gene pool and permanently damage the human species.