by Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver – Canada, 2013
(94', DCP, Original version with Italian subtitles)
Asphalt Watches is a true story. A feature-length animation based on a real-life hitchhiking trip taken by the two filmmakers, Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver. The movie details the hilarious and harrowing journey of Bucktooth Cloud and Skeleton Hat as they travel eastward across Canada in the summer of 2000. Asphalt Watches begins with the two protagonists – Bucktooth Cloud, a floating cloud holding an umbrella, and Skeleton Hat, a grey nebbish with part of a moustache – in Chilliwack, BC trying to hop a train, using an outdated train-hopping manual from 1988.
Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver
Sketching from life and dream, Ehman has published writing and exhibited art consistently over the past 15 years. Some recent projects include sculptural works shown in Krakow, Poland and at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles as well as painted poetry included in The Last Vispo, an anthology of visual poetry published by Fantagraphics (2012). Shayne Ehman lives in Thunder Bay.