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Faculty Accomplishments: 02/10/2014

Thom Andersen (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) will present new restorations of his seminal works - Red Hollywood and Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer - at ART OF THE REAL, a new documentary-as-art series by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, April 11-26, 2014. Thom Andersen and Noel Burch's Red Hollywood also screened at REDCAT in Los Angeles in January this year.


Red Hollywood, by Thom Andersen and Noel Burch

James Benning (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) will present the world premiere of three new digital works at ART OF THE REAL, a new documentary-as-art series by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, April 11-26, 2014.

An exhibit by Dave Lebow (MFA '00, Program in Film and Video; Faculty, Character Animation) entitled Weird Tales opened at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, February 7-March 2.

Suzan Pitt's (Faculty, Experimental Animation) film, Pinball, will screen at the Best New American Independent Animation show (Shanghai University) in February this year. Pinball will also be screened at Northwest Animation Festival (Portland, Oregon), May 15-25. This past December, the Havana Film Festival included four screenings of Pitt's films. Due to her time in Cuba, Pitt made a short film, shot in Havana and Soroa: Diario Cubano, a video diary of the music, the people, and the natural environment of Cuba.

Diario Cubano from Suzan Pitt on Vimeo.

Charlotte Pryce (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) was awarded The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) in December. The award recognized Pryce for her work in Cabinets of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce, which had its world premiere at REDCAT in April 2013. The screening featured several of her 16mm films, which were hand-processed and optically reprinted, including Concerning Flight: Five Illuminations in Miniature, Discoveries on the Forest Floor, and Curious Light. In addition to the films, Pryce conducted a live magic lantern show, using projections much like those shown to audiences in the 17th and 18th centuries.

W. H. Hudson's Remarkable Argentine Ornithology, by Charlotte Pryce

Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation) created a sequence for the Overture of Werther, - the Jules Massenet opera based on the Goethe novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther - which opens on February 18 at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. It sets a tone of grief and will be projected onto a large transparent scrim. The director is Richard Eyre and the digital director is Wendall Harrington.

Faculty Accomplishments: 12/08/2013

The remastered version of Thom Andersen's (Faculty, Program Film and Video) Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003/2013) will be screened at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin.

Los Angeles Plays Itself, by Thom Andersen

Student Accomplishments: 12/08/2013

Nelson De Los Santos (MFA 3, Program in Film and Video) presented some of his work in a special screening followed by an open discussion about orality and cinema at SomoS Art House, Berlin, October 2013. http://www.somos-arts.org

Pearblossom Hwy, directed by Mike Ott (MFA '05, Program in Film and Video), co-written with Atsuko Okatsuka (MFA 2, Program in Film and Video), will screen at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin.

Pearblossom Hwy - Trailer from Small Form Films on Vimeo.

Daphne Rosenthal (MFA 3, Experimental Animation) will screen two films, Him and Her and Drowning, at FACELESS, at Mediamatic Fabriek in Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 2014. http://www.facelessexhibition.net/

Drowning, by Daphne Rosenthal

Works by Rachel Ruizhen Ho (BFA 4, Experimental Animation) and by Jess Iglehart (BFA 4, Experimental Animation) will be screened at Slamdance Film Festival 2014 in the Anarchy Shorts Program:

Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)

 

Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)
 

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart

Alumni Accomplishments: 12/08/2013

J.R. Hughto's (MFA '06, Program in Film and Video) film Diamond on Vinyl won at the Atlanta Underground for Best Feature Drama. It was released in North America on December 1st, 2012. The film continues to be screened nationwide. Recently it was screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York, and at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston. On Tuesday, December 10th, Hughto screened Diamond on Vinyl in LA at The Cinefamily. Slamdance Senior Programmer Josh Mandel hosted the Q&A.

Diamond on Vinyl Teaser from J.R. Hughto on Vimeo.

Pearblossom Hwy, directed by Mike Ott (MFA '05, Program in Film and Video), co-written with Atsuko Okatsuka (MFA 2, Program in Film and Video), will screen at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin.

Pearblossom Hwy - Trailer from Small Form Films on Vimeo.

Travis Wilkerson (MFA '01, Program in Film and Video) will screen several of his films at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin. The films included in the program are: An Accelerated Under-Development: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez (1999/2003); An Injury to One (2002); Who Killed Cock Robin? (2005/2010); Distinguished Flying Cross (2011); The Communist Situation in California (2013).

Accelerated Under-Development: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez from Travis Wilkerson on Vimeo.

The International Animated Film Association announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Annie Awards,which honor achievement in the art of animation. Again this year, more than a dozen CalArts alumni and students have made it to the shortlist, with the recently released Frozen—directed and art directed by Chris Buck (School of Film/Video '78) and Michael Giaimo (School of Film/Video '78), respectively—leading the pack with ten nominations, including Best Animated Feature.

Below is a list of CalArts alumni and students nominees, by category:

Best Animated Feature
FrozenChris Buck (School of Film/Video '78), Michael Giaimo (School of Film/Video '78)
The Croods - Chris Sanders (BFA '84, Character Animation), Steven MacLeod (BFA '07, Character Animation)
Despicable Me 2Yarrow Cheney (BFA '95, Character Animation), Eric Favela (BFA '07, Character Animation)

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Adventure Time Pendleton Ward (BFA '05, Character Animation)
Gravity FallsAlonso Ramirez Ramos (BFA '10, Character Animation)
Regular Show - Ben Adams (BFA '09, Character Animation), Sean Szeles (BFA '03, Character Animation), JG Quintel (BFA '05, Character Animation)

Best Student Film
Move Mountain - Kirsten Lepore (MFA '12, Experimental Animation)
Trusts & Estates - Jeanette Bonds (MFA '13, Experimental Animation)

Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Craig McCracken (BFA '92, Character Animation)Wander Over Yonder
Ben Adams (BFA '09, Character Animation) Regular Show
Colin Howard (BFA 3, Character Animation)Steven Universe

 

The Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals have made their program announcements over the past two weeks. Below is a list of CalArts films that will be included in both festivals this January:

Sundance Film Festival 2014

Documentary Shorts Program
Hacked Circuit, by Deborah Stratman (MFA '95, Program in Film and Video)

New Frontier Program
This World Made Itself; Myth and Infrastructure; Dreams of Lucid Living by Miwa Matreyek (MFA '07, Experimental Animation)

Dreams of Lucid Living, by Miwa Matreyek

Slamdance Film Festival 2014

Animated Shorts Program
Lord I: The Records Keeper, by Lori Damiano (MFA '04, Experimental Animation)

2010 Animation Reel from Lori D on Vimeo.

Another, by Sean Buckelew (MFA '12, Experimental Animation)

Another from Sean Buckelew on Vimeo.

A Tongue Silent Like Your Words, by Vita Weichen Hsu (MFA '13, Experimental Animation)

A Tongue Silent Like Your Words, by Vita Weichen Hsu

Anarchy Shorts Program
Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)

Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)
 

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart

Experimental Shorts Program
Flower, by Naoko Tasaka (MFA '12, Program in Film and Video)

Flower, by Naoko Tasaka

Opportunities 12/08/2013

CALL TO ARTISTS: SIGNAL FIRE 2014 PROGRAMS

Application Deadline for Spring Programs: December 31, 2013
Application Deadline for Summer Programs: February 15, 2014

Signal Fire welcomes applications for our 2014 Residency, Expeditions, and Wide Open Studios courses. Since 2008, Signal Fire has provided opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world.

Year of the Wolf: Signal Fire dedicates our 2014 expeditions to the wolf. Wolves are a symbol of wildness returning to the landscape as well as a real and vital predator in the North American West. We are leading three expeditions to areas linked by wolf recovery efforts: the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon, and the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. A special publication and exhibition will highlight the outcome.

Outpost on the Border: The public lands adjoining the US- Mexico border protect some of the rarest and most biologically diverse habitat in North America. These places are also the focus of increasing militarization by US Border Control. Signal Fire invites activists, researchers, and artists of any discipline to join us for a unique remote residency in southern Arizona to craft a creative response to the wild places of an embattled region.

Wide Open Studios: The academy moves under the stars with Wide Open Studios, a series of immersive wilderness arts courses designed for graduate and undergraduate students. In spring 2014 we offer an adventurous painting class spanning desert oases, bombing ranges, and ghost towns as well as a reprise of our popular MFA Spring Break trip, this time to Arizona's Mogollon Rim country. In August we are proud to announce Crossing Cascadia, a 4-week, 3-credit course in partnership with Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Signal Fire 2014 Calendar:
February 16- 23            Wide Open Studios: Painting the Post-Natural Landscape (CA)
March 1-7 & 9-15          Outpost Residency on the Border (AZ)
March 23-29                 Wide Open Studios: MFA Spring Break Trip (AZ)
April 13-20                   Year of the Wolf: Gila Backpacking (NM)
July 6-12                     Signal Fire Alumni Backpacking and Guide Training (CA)
July 20-27                    Year of the Wolf: Wallowas pack-n-park (OR)
August 3-30                 Wide Open Studios: Crossing Cascadia Summer Immersion Trip (OR)
September 7-13             Year of the Wolf: Boundary Waters Canoe Adventure (MN)

More info: www.signalfirearts.org

Call for artists: Cypress Village Tunnel Art Walk: July 2014

 
The Cypress Village Art Walk will take place on a single evening (date to be determined) in July 2014. The event takes place in an underground tunnel and the surrounding (above ground) sidewalks at the intersection of Figueroa & Loreto Streets in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The primary sponsors are Antigua Coffee House and Fine Art Solutions. The event is being curated by Sarah Barnard.
 
The theme of the exhibition is HOME. Most people think of home as a building or structure.  Some call a city or a country home, while others struggle with homelessness and/or ultimately resolve that home is merely a feeling. Visual Artists and Performers are welcome to investigate any/all ideas around home. All mediums are welcome. Artists retain 100% of any sale of their work.
 
TIMELINE:
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 1st, 2014.
Selected artists will be notified by JANUARY 20th, 2014.
MANDATORY meeting for selected artists on SATURDAY MAY 24th  from 12PM-2PM.
 
THE EVENT is in JULY on a date yet to be determined, 6PM to 10PM
Artists install between 9am-2pm. Artists de-install 10pm-12a. Artists or artist's representative must be on site for the duration of the event.
 
 
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
 
Please send a single file comprised of a multi-page PDF that includes all of the following:
Name + Phone Number + Email Address
Images of artwork w/ dimensions and medium listed. (Maximum 10 works- 1 artwork per page)
Written proposals supplemented with sketches/ images for installations/ performances.
Links to video files for sound/video/performances as appropriate.
Brief artist statement/ explanation of how your work relates to our theme.
 
Please submit proposals to queerartcity@gmail.com before January 1st 2014.

Alumni Accomplishments: 11/24/2013

Janelle Miau (MFA '12, Experimental Animation) participated in The Missing Book of Spurs, in Performa 2013, New York, November 2013.

The Missing Book of Spurs

A program of MFA Films from CalArts' Experimental Animation Program and a selection of films by Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation) was presented at the Chitrakatha13, National Institute of Design, November 2013, Ahmedabad, India. There will also be a program of MFA Films from CalArts' Experimental Animation Program and a selection of films by Maureen Selwood at Expotoons 2013, November 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

TThe Experimental Animation MFA Filmmakers included in the program are: Manuel Barenboim (MFA '13, Experimental Animation), Olivia Taussig (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Tempe Hale (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Asavari Kumar (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Sara Gunnarsdottir (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Ethan Clarke (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Sean Buckelew (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Vita Hsu (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Enrique Rivera (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Meejin Hong (MFA '12, Experimental Animation).

"These student films show how the animation practice reveals a humanity and reverence for life with philosophical underpinnings. Humor, aggression and contraction, always, a part of this mimetic art form are realized with techniques vital and skillful. The audience in India was deeply engaged in experiencing the experimental films from our students. I am excited that this program has a rich path with its far reaching audiences." Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation)

Landscape: Pan I from olivia taussig on Vimeo.

The Pirate of Love Vol. I from Sara Gunnarsdottir on Vimeo.

Drifters from ethan clarke on Vimeo.

The Jennings Account (2012) from Sean Buckelew on Vimeo.

Sugarcoat (2012) from Meejin Hong on Vimeo.

A Tongue Silent Like Your Words, by Vita Weichen Hsu

Faculty Accomplishments: 11/24/2013

Steve Brown (Faculty, Character Animation) was invited as a jury member for the 13th annual Beijing Film Academy Awards. He will be presenting awards to the winners, and will screen recent work from the Character Animation and Experimental Animation programs, followed by a Q&A about CalArts' animation programs. He will also be giving a lecture about his experiences teaching animation to children, through the CAP program.

In December 2013, Suzan Pitt (Faculty, Experimental Animation) will screen her films El Doctor and Asparagus in the Havana Film Festival (Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana) in Havana, Cuba. She will also present her work in a Master Class as a part of the INDUSTRIA section of the festival. She will make a presentation and meet with students at the Animation Studios of the Cuban Cinema Institute (ICAIC) in Havana. Pitt will travel to San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba to give a presentation of her work at the International School of Film and Television (EICTV).

El Doctor, by Suzan Pitt

A program of MFA Films from CalArts' Experimental Animation Program and a selection of films by Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation) was presented at the Chitrakatha13, National Institute of Design, November 2013, Ahmedabad, India. There will also be a program of MFA Films from CalArts' Experimental Animation Program and a selection of films by Maureen Selwood at Expotoons 2013, November 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Experimental Animation MFA Filmmakers included in the program are: Manuel Barenboim (MFA '13, Experimental Animation), Olivia Taussig (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Tempe Hale (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Asavari Kumar (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Sara Gunnarsdottir (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Ethan Clarke (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Sean Buckelew (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Vita Hsu (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Enrique Rivera (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Meejin Hong (MFA '12, Experimental Animation).

"These student films show how the animation practice reveals a humanity and reverence for life with philosophical underpinnings. Humor, aggression and contraction, always, a part of this mimetic art form are realized with techniques vital and skillful. The audience in India was deeply engaged in experiencing the experimental films from our students. I am excited that this program has a rich path with its far reaching audiences." Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation)

Portrait of Maureen Selwood

Flying Circus: An Imagined Memoir from Maureen Selwood on Vimeo.

Student Accomplishments: 11/24/2013

Nelson De Los Santos’ (MFA 3, Program in Film and Video) film project Cocote won the Ibermedia first prize for development, $14,000, November 2013. 

Victoria Van Patten's (BFA 1, Experimental Animation) short film, Ego, was featured in Puppets on Film, a  screening put on by the Jim Henson Foundation and BAMcinématek, New York, October 2013.

Ego from Victoria Van Patten on Vimeo.

A program of MFA Films from CalArts' Experimental Animation Program and a selection of films by Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation) was presented at the Chitrakatha13, National Institute of Design, November 2013, Ahmedabad, India. There will also be a program of MFA Films from CalArts' Experimental Animation Program and a selection of films by Maureen Selwood at Expotoons 2013, November 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The Experimental Animation MFA Filmmakers included in the program are: Manuel Barenboim (MFA '13, Experimental Animation), Olivia Taussig (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Tempe Hale (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Asavari Kumar (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Sara Gunnarsdottir (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Ethan Clarke (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Sean Buckelew (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Vita Hsu (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Enrique Rivera (MFA 3, Experimental Animation), Meejin Hong (MFA '12, Experimental Animation).

"These student films show how the animation practice reveals a humanity and reverence for life with philosophical underpinnings. Humor, aggression and contraction, always, a part of this mimetic art form are realized with techniques vital and skillful. The audience in India was deeply engaged in experiencing the experimental films from our students. I am excited that this program has a rich path with its far reaching audiences." Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation)

Tempe Hale - Door No. 5 from CalArts on Vimeo.

Chocolate Bacon (2012) from asavari kumar on Vimeo.

El delirio del pez león (2012) from Quique Rivera Rivera on Vimeo.

Festival Submission Deadlines: 11/05/2013

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Entry Deadlines: January 14, 2014
Entry Fee: €22
Festival Dates: May 1-6 2014
Website: www.kurzfilmtage.de/en/filmanmeldung

The 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1-6 May 2014) is now inviting submissions for its competitions. The Festival is looking for experiments on the formal, intellectual or narrative level, regardless of genre and format. The competitions are open to productions completed after 1 January 2013. Oberhausen is awarding a total of almost 34,000 euros in its five competitions.

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, founded in 1954, is one of the oldest short film festivals in the world and one of the major international platforms for the short form. Oberhausen is known for its prestigious competition programmes and for its extensive thematic programmes. In addition, the festival offers visitors a well-equipped Video Library, operates a non-commercial short film distribution service and owns an archive of short films from 60 years of cinema history.

13TH ANNUAL DCW DANCE MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL

Entry deadline: January 31, 2014
Entry fee: College $25 or High School $10
Festival dates: June 6-8 2014
Website: http://www.dancecamerawest.org/submit.htm

Dance Camera West 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival welcomes dance media in any dance style or genre. Categories include: screendance, short films, feature length, documentary, animation and interactive dance media. This year'’s festival highlights include live site specific dance performances and special programming celebrating dance in animation. DCW venues have included The Music Center, REDCAT, The Getty Museum, LACMA, Hammer Museum and Grand Park.

CalArts/Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition
Dance Camera West, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts are excited to welcome college and high school students to submit dance media for the CalArts/Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition.  There will be two categories within this competition, high school (grades 9-12) and college students.  

2014 Davis Feminist Film Festival

Entry deadline: December 31, 2013
Entry fee: none
Festival dates: April 10-11, 2014
Website: http://femfilmfest.ucdavis.edu/submissions.html

The Davis Feminist Film Festival welcomes films from professionals, students, and community members locally, nationally, and internationally. People underrepresented in the media field are especially encouraged to submit a film for consideration. The Davis Feminist Film Festival is a short film festival. Films must be shorter than 35 minutes in length. Films submitted to the festival for consideration must meet at least two of the following criteria:
Films created with an eye for gender and social justice issues
Films that link local and global issues
Films created by people underrepresented in the media field (women, people of color, queer/transgender, disabled)
Films made by people from the Davis/Sacramento area

TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Entry deadline: December 13, 2013
Entry fee: $10-20
Festival dates: April 8-20, 2014
Website: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1572

TIFF Kids International Film Festival is presented annually every April by TIFF. The 17th annual festival will be taking place from April 8th to April 20th, 2014. Each year we present the best of International and Canadian films for children and youth - shorts, features, documentaries, live action and animation. We are a competitive festival and are also pleased to host a number of programmers and buyers each year.  For more information on the festival, we encourage you to visit our website: http://tiff.net/tiffkids/festival

Opportunities 11/05/2013

 

The 21st Century Film & TV School Book

Following the Barcelona GA’2010 adopted pro-active strategy of CILECT and in accordance with DECISION 7.3.3. of the Executive Council Meeting of Havana, 2-6 December 2013, CILECT launches a Call for Proposals for extended essays that would become the core part of a series of books with the provisional title: The 21st Century Film & TV School.
The book / e-book will be dedicated to the exploration and sharing of best practices in and across our schools. An editor has already been appointed and preliminary discussions are underway with a long-standing reputable International Academic Publisher.
While the actual topic range is open, it should include those curricular areas that we all (generally) have in common, i.e., Film/TV Producing; Screenwriting; Fiction Directing; Documentary Directing; Cinematography; Editing; Set & Costume Design; Music & Sound Design; Production for Children; Theory/History/Criticism; Animation; New Media Production; Creativity; Curriculum Building for Joint International Degrees; Teamwork; Film School Management, etc.
CILECT is making, therefore, a call for contributions for extended essays (6,000 - 8,000 words) that critically engage with teaching and learning practices in a way that would be relevant in charting the field of Film, Television and New Media Education across all continents for the foreseeable future.
200-400 word abstracts describing briefly the scope and content of such proposed essays, and in which chapters they would be best located, should be forwarded to executive.director@cilect.org. 

New Foreign Exchange for Animation Students

The school of Film/Video is pleased to announce a new exchange program with the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel.  Geographically situated on an incline known as Mt. Scopus, Bezalel overlooks a portion of the landscape of Jerusalem proper, and is prominent by its placement as well as its reputation.  Bezalel is a school that boasts an outstanding faculty, and body of talented students who matriculate through its various programs, paralleling the quality of pedagogy and practice found at CalArts. The Screen Based Arts Department is well suited for our animation students, whether in the Experimental or the Character tracks. The diversity of filmic themes produced under the guidance of Bezalel faculty shows a broad-based and acute interest in personal voice, rather than nourishing a 'look' in its animated opus.

The vibrant culture of Jerusalem, an enigmatic city of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other religious denominations, has the Old City at its heart-- centuries old; yet the signs of 21st century sensibilities are woven in and out of this deeply rooted context, and provides an ethos rife with possibilities for contemporary, time-based artistic practice. It is difficult for us to find parallel programs for our animation students, but in this case we are certain that we have the raw material from both sites to have a sustainable and dynamic coalescence of ideas, philosophies and life experiences. The artistic outcomes, and global perspective gained through such an exchange are exactly the 'stuff' of a rich foreign experience.

If you are interested in pursuing a semester at Bezalel, please speak with Penelope Weston (International Students and Programs Office) Kirsten Winter (Co-Director/Experimental Animation), or Leo Hobaica, Jr. (Faculty/Character Animation).

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