Scene from the film Playground
Scene from the film Playground
Scene from the film Playground
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Stop-motion film Playground shows a battle between nature and culture, between organic ryegrass and artificial turf. American Football is played on rectangular fields, measuring 120 yards (110 meters) long and 160 feet (49 m) wide. These dimensions defined the framework for this film. Made with images found in Google Earth.

Colin Huizing (curator at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam) writes: De Ruijter collected images of American Football fields and placed them in sequence to create the projection entitled Playground (2014). The result is fascinating: various representations suddenly loom up from an abstract series of pictures of field lines with identical measurements. They are symbols of diverse sports clubs that are unmistakably American.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Music
    Michel Banabila
  • Duration
    3 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Netherlands
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • 2015 Holland Animation Film Festival
    • 2015 EMAF, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck
    • 2015 Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht
    • 2015 Different and Experimental Cinema / Paris
    • 2015 Documentary Film and Video Festival / Kassel
    • 2015 International Documentary Film Festival / Jihlava
    • 2015 International Animated Film Festival Ljubljana, Slovenia is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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