I recently came across a charming animation, The Windmill Farmer, by the award-winning and "mostly self-taught" Joaquin Baldwin, a director and animator from Paraguay who now lives in Los Angeles. According to the information accompanying the short, Baldwin spent four months on the film, which he created at UCLA Animation Workshop. He added a lovely original score by Nick Fevola. Take a look. I think you'll agree his more than 100 international honors are well-deserved.
The Windmill Farmer from Joaquin Baldwin on Vimeo.
Seeing The Windmill Farmer prompted me to look up Baldwin's work, and I found other shorts on Vimeo and Baldwin's Website, including Sebastian's Voodoo, a 3-D animation that took 10 months to make. I think it is both compelling and moving to watch.
Sebastian's Voodoo from Joaquin Baldwin on Vimeo.
Films by Joaquin Baldwin at Pixel Nitrate
IMDB Page for Joaquin Baldwin
Joaquin Baldwin Blog
Joaquin Baldwin Drawings and Illustrations
Interview with Joaquin Baldwin at It's Art Magazine (Baldwin discusses here how he makes his films.)