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The River is a 2009 surreal drama brickfilm by "Night Owl". It follows the story of a man who finds himself travelling down a river to an unknown destination.[1] It was an entry to the Space, Time and Reality Contest on Bricks in Motion and was awarded with first place.[2] It is also Night Owl's last brickfilm.


American Union Civil War soldiers sit around a campfire. One of the soldiers wonders if they will fight tomorrow, and worries about being ambushed. The protagonist dismisses the other solider's concerns. Another solider begins to preach, reciting Genesis 3:19: "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

In a forest, the soldiers fire upon the enemy. Trees fall, and men die. The protagonist runs, and collapses. He awakens in a slave's home and is silently greeted by a slavewoman and a minotaur. He spots a boat in the river, and gets in the boat. The boat takes the protagonist downstream, and he passes many sights: explorers, conquistadors, knights. It is night. Then it is day, and his journey continues. He floats by natives, who dance and shake. Monkeys observe the protagonist, crocodiles growl, and dinosaurs roar. It is now very bright, and the protagnoist floats alone in a sea of white.

The protagonist awakes in the forest. It's raining.[1]


  • Leonardo Liccini as Protagonist
  • Erik Wiedenmann as Other Soldier
  • Kate Fischer as Preaching Soldier


  • "Night Owl" - Director, animator, editor, music
  • Phil Sepulveda - Civil War sound effects


The River was nominated in several categories in the 2009 Bricks in Motion Awards.

Year Competition Category Result
2009 Bricks in Motion Awards Best Film Nominated
Best Cinematography Won
Best Sound Design Won
Best Set Design Nominated
Best Original Score Won
Viewer's Choice Won