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美国Maureen Selwood加州艺术学院实验动画 嘉宾QA
from: liff.cafa.edu.cn time: 2019.4.5


10:00  05/04/19  CM  (Q&A)

15:45  05/04/19  NA

CalArts Experimental Animation Program 


主持嘉宾Host guestMaureen Selwood

CalArts School of Film/Video is pleased and honored to present a program of films from its MFA and BFA Experimental Animation programs. Our presence in Beijing is an exhilarating opportunity bringing together a rich mix of techniques and unique visions. The Experimental Animation Program promotes animation as fine art. Students explore varied contexts and forms, developing a personal aesthetic over a body of work. Our students come from many countries and contribute to hybrid notions of community. The diverse faculty in the Experimental Animation Program offers its students a complex and supportive group of engaged filmmakers.  Together,  through mentoring and coursework, students are encouraged to discover that the role of the filmmaker today is shaped by many factors that connect us to the world around us. Social practice is as much now a part of their work as reckoning an apocalypse with imaginary landscapes.

The selected works in this program cover a three-year period demonstrating a deep understanding of how animation can shake up how much can be said within this art form. In this richly colored, crystal-clear atmosphere, there are but those that are there symbolize our search for the unattainable. Diverse and fertile, these works foreground the technological apparatus and material processes within the dual significances of figurative and symbolic tools. Using light, scale, performance and projection to create shifting discrepancies of ambiguity, they combine analog mechanical devices and digital computer technology. These individual filmmakers  understand the complex nature of process. Memoir has a role in a number of works. In one,  a man looks back on his childhood at the crisis his parents confronted and in another, memoir is masked yet compels us to be drawn into its absurd setting. A motion portrait of a bicycle reveals that everything is there before us, nothing is hidden. Social pressures, archival sources, relationships and identity are some of the areas explored. Throughout this program, and as a fundamental basis for the work, drawing is alive and fertile whether done with graphite or the computer. 





CalArts Experimental Animation Program

Created by Josh Shaffner (2018) 1:01

01/ Object Dream          Kyungwon Song/2017/2’12”



The process of drawing images on a object and moving them is a process of animating. They become the subject and they become animated. We now watch what it dreams about.



02/ Roommates        Jaime Wolfe/2017/ 3’04”



During an intense heat wave a group of roommates reveal how sanity diminishes as the temperature rises.



03/ Hedge         Amanda Bonaiuto/2018/7’00”



A singularly surreal yet comical vision of a family visiting a funeral home.



04/ Medium Rare         Luca Cioci/2018/4’00”



Functional and aesthetic values in recurrent yet questionable domestic scenarios.



05/ The Northeast Kingdom           Alan Jennings/2018/7’49”



A small tight knit New England community is shaken by the arrival of a newcomer. Meanwhile, a mystical creature quietly affects the lives of the locals.



06/ Upside Downtown          Huntress Janos/2018/6’07”



One day, gravity is reversed, the world is turned upside down. This was my nightmare as a child. Humanity is lost forever to space. Few remain in the world and the survivors risk their lives scavenging for food and water in order to survive in a topsy-turvy city.



07/ Are You Tired of Forever       Caitlin Craggs/2018/6’06”

A surreal montage of selfdom in a lensed world. We start in transit and end in the boudoir. Tea and light snacks will be served.


08/ Frontier Wisdom            Jenna Caravello/2018/4:00

Frontier Wisdom follows the surreal journey of a phone company mechanic, whose discovery of a corpse coincides with an apocalyptic reckoning.


09/ Sport in the land of Plenty            Matt Reynolds/2016/1’20”

Let us observe how the supreme beings of The Land of Plenty spend their leisure time.


10/ How to make a Ghost        Gabriela Escovar/2018/2’25”

how to make a ghost is an animated short about the importance of remembering the things that shape us, especially painful memories we''re told we should forget.


11/ Sister            Siqi Song/2018/8’02”

A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?


Part1 TRT: 53 minutes 6 seconds




12/ The Rehabilitation of Sleep         Josh Shaffner/2015/2’50”

The Rehabilitation of Sleep is a film made with a series of oil paintings. Each one photographed in various stages of completion and sequenced to complete the animation. The result is a meditation on mental health, sleep, and the rejuvenating life of dreams.


13/ Bone Structure            Danski Tang/2017/1’13”

A surreal and elegant hand-drawn animation accompanied by a jazz drum solo.


14/ Lazy Daze        Brian Smee/2016/3’59”

A dog eats poison and hallucinates while having a near death experience.


15/ Sophie         Anna Cangellaris/2019/4’40”

Sophie longs to be reborn while seeking to know her double. A party in the hills of LA offers a corporeal shift to her existence.


16/ It’s a Date           Zachary Zezima/2017/7’12”

Everyone is an alien at first. Based on a true story thanks to Sara Griffin.


17/ Icebergs         Eirini Vianelli/2017/9’20”

Based on the book Scenes by award-winning screenwriter Efthymis Filippou (Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Icebergs is an existential, dark comedy consisting of 14 short vignettes, ranging from the mundane to the absurd.


18/ Everybody is that One Cousin       Zekkereya El-megharbel/2016/1:45

A fire hydrant becomes a symbol of ownership.


19/ I Feel Naked        Maureen Kuo/2016/4’48”

Located in an alley of a busy city, The Naked Club is a treatment center that allows phone addicts to experience traditional ways of communication and discover one’s self from the phone-less therapy. The visitors lock their phones inside lockers and get ready for an insecure and phone-less night, feeling completely naked.


20/ Winner’s Bitch              Sam Gurry/2018/6’00”

Inspired by a found archive, Winners Bitch explores the subjective nature of reality through show dogs and ribbons. A woman ahead of her time sacrificed herself for her profession, arguably at a cost but definitely for the glory.


21/ Las Del Diente           Ana Perez Lopez/2018/6’00”

Three women discuss the social pressure of having kids while celebrating the uniqueness of their


22/ Infinite Water             Sunny Liang/2016/3’33”

Let us dive deep into the infinite water of the beautiful universe, and feel the heartbeat of life itself resonating through the city, celebrating its inhabitants.


Part2 TRT: 51 minutes 20 seconds