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Clyde Petersen

Torrey Pines

Based on a true story, Torrey Pines is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990's.

A yellow car drives on a road with waves, sea birds, and tall rocks against a light blue sky behind it. The car is two-door with the top down and animal print seat cover. A woman with white curly hair, a a green shirt, and red sunglasses with drives the car. In the passenger seat is a child with a blue shirt and yellow hair. The image is made out of cut paper.
Clyde Petersen. Torrey Pines , 2016. Digital still.

Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s.

Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, twelve-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

Excerpts of Torrey Pines are presented at e4c.


About the Artist

Clyde Petersen is a Seattle-based transgender artist, working in film, animation, music, installation and fabulous spectacle. They travel the world with their band Your Heart Breaks and host the TV show Boating with Clyde in a small handmade boat in the Washington Park Arboretum. Clyde’s work has been featured around the world in museums, galleries, universities, punk houses and DIY spaces.