School of Film/Video Class Notes
Christine Beebe (Directing MFA 05) screened her new film, Felix Austria! at Hot Docs 2013-the Canadian International Documentary Festival-in Toronto in April and May. Beebe directed and produced the documentary about a man named Felix Pfeifle who inherits a collection of correspondences between Archduke Otto von Habsburg and an ordinary American named Herbert Hinkel. The documentary includes animation created by Gudrun Cram-Drach (Experimental Animation MFA 07).
Numerous CalArtians screened films in the 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival, which took place in March in Michigan. Included were Madison Brookshire (Film/Video MFA 07) with Passage; Bill Brown (Film/Video MFA 97) with Memorial Land; Alexandra Cuesta (Film/Video MFA 08) with Despedida; Kate Dollenmayer (Film/Video MFA 05) with Monad by Chris Cohen; Zachary Drucker (Art MFA 07) and Rhys Ernst (Film/Video MFA 11) with She Gone Rogue; Maya Erdelyi (Experimental Animation MFA 12) with Pareidolia; Mariah Garnett (Film/Video MFA 11) with Encounters│May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin; Meejin Hong (Experimental Animation MFA 12) with Sugarcoat; Song E Kim (Experimental Animation MFA 07) with Bite of Tail; Laida Lertxundi (Film/Video MFA 07) with The Room Called Heaven, Farce Sensationelle!, A Lax Riddle Unit, Cry When it Happens (Llora Cuando Te Pase), My Tears are Dry, and Footnotes to a House of Love; Akosua Adoma Owusu (Film/Video and Art (Interschool) MFA 08) with Split Ends and I Feel Wonderful; Joanna Priestley (Experimental Animation MFA 85) with Dear Pluto; Peter Bo Rappmund (Film/Video MFA 11) with Tectonics; and Naoko Tasaka (Film/Video MFA 11) with Flower.
Three films by CalArtians have been selected for this summer's Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France-considered by many to be the world's foremost animation showcase. The films include Drifters by Ethan Clarke (Film/Video MFA 12), The Bathhouse by Jisoo Kim (Film/Video MFA 12), and Will by Eusong Lee (Film/Video 13). The short films will be screened in the Graduation Films program.
Gabriel Cowan (Film/Video MFA 08; Music BFA 00) and John Suits (Film/Video MFA 08) have produced two features that premiered at the 2013 South By Southwest Festival in March in Austin, Texas. Cheap Thrills, co-produced with Travis Stevens of Snowfort Pictures, screened in the Midnighters category while Milo, a New Artists Alliance project co-produced with Adele Romanski, screened in the Narrative Spotlight program.
Filmmaker Alexandria Hammond (Film/Video BFA 02) has completed principal photography on Lucha Mexico, a feature documentary about Mexican professional masked wrestling. Hammond is co-directing the film with Ian Markiewicz. With unprecedented access to the wrestlers, known as luchadores, the filmmakers have amassed more than 300 hours of footage shot over a period of three years. Their recent music documentary, Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, is available via FilmBuff on digital/VOD, and will soon be available on DVD.
Jeaux Janovsky (Character Animation BFA 05) has been busy working on Los Animales, a new webcomic "about music, animals, and broken hearts," which Janovsky also describes as "a soap opera type comic about hipster animals." It's already received great press. He's also collaborating on Epilogue, a 22-page comic about post-apocalyptic roaches. Janovsky is a design consultant on a project for Topps, the card company, and has been doing graphic design for Inspector Playground, a company that inspects the safety of playground equipment.
Will Kim (Character Animation BFA 07) gave a workshop called "Painting in Motion" at the Riverside International Film Festival in April. Will and his wife, Jian Lee (Experimental Animation MFA 08) just celebrated the first birthday of their son, Noah. Fittingly, Will made a beautiful film to honor the occasion
Kate Marks' (Film Directing MFA 12) film Pearl Was Here has been selected as part of Film School Shorts, a new program originating from public television station KQED in San Francisco, featuring short films from top U.S. film schools. The series premiered on April 15, and will air on other public television stations around the country in the coming months.
The Disney Channel has given the green light to Star and the Forces of Evil, the working title of an animated series created by Daron Nefcy (Character Animation BFA 09). The series is an animated comedy adventure about Star Butterfly (voiced by The Middle's Eden Sher), a fun-loving magical teen princess from another dimension who, after a few skirmishes with monsters, is sent by her parents to live with the Diaz family on Earth.
Adeline Newmann (Experimental Animation BFA 12) travelled to Tallinn, Estonia in April to participate in two music festivals and to present a guest lecture on video design at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The trip developed out of a 2011 collaboration at REDCAT in which pianist Ingrid Lee (Music Composition and Piano Performance BFA 12) performed Mario Davidovsky's 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Synchronisms No. 6, while Newmann created animated visuals that were projected during the performance. Late last year, Newmann received an email from a faculty member at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, seeking her permission to include her video for Synchronisms No. 6 in his curated performances for Estonian Music Days and Tallinn Music Week in April. "Before I knew it," Newmann writes, "I was on a plane flying to Tallinn!" Newmann has written more about her trip on her website. Pictures of the performance and of Tallinn can be seen on flickr and the performance can be viewed on vimeo.
Vincent Precht (MFA Film/Video 93) is making a documentary on the Occupy movement, including a conversation with linguist, philosopher, and activist Noam Chomsky. After earning his MFA from CalArts, Precht returned to his vocation as a special education public school teacher and started writing short stories about teaching, which have appeared in TriQuarterly, Carolina Review, Seattle Review, and other publications. After teaching for 25 years, and now the father of a child with special needs, Precht has become involved in Occupy. He live streamed the Occupy the Department of Education protest in early April, which featured Diane Ravitch, Karen Lewis, and other important figures in education. Says Precht, "I have CalArts (especially Thom Andersen and Alexander Mackendrick) to thank for preparing me for this exciting work."
Astra Price (Film/Video MFA 01) has written a review appearing in MOH Magazine on the recent show of photographs by Catherine Opie (Art MFA 88) at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. For more on Opie, see the School of Art Class Notes.
Guyanese-born filmmaker Mason Richards (Film/Video 09) screened his award-winning short film, The SeaWall, at a benefit event at New York's 154 Stanton Galley in April. The film, about emigration and issues changing and challenging Guyanese culture, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. The benefit included Guyanese music, food, and cocktails, and an exhibition and sale of Guyanese art. Donations and a portion of the proceeds of art sold are going toward the production of a feature-length version of The SeaWall and to the Mason Richards Film Fellowship for students at the University of Guyana to study filmmaking and to participate in the production of the film. Donations can be made at www.guyfrog.org.
Allison Schulnik's (Experimental Animation BFA 00) solo show at the Laguna Art Museum this spring garnered rave reviews. The show included stop-motion animation, paintings, and ceramic works. Richard Chang in the Orange County Register wrote, "Schulnik's videos are beautiful, surreal, creepy, cute, and tremendously creative."
Erika Vogt (Film/Video MFA 03) will have her first solo museum exhibition at New York's New Museum, opening on June 5 and continuing through September 22. For her installation in the Lobby Gallery, titled Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll, Vogt "will compose a dense arrangement of cast plaster and found objects that float in the gallery space like a field of debris," according to the museum.
An essay by Peggy Wolff (Film/Video BFA 72) on trout fishing appeared in the April 24 issue of the Chicago Tribune.
Wolff is a frequent contributor to the Tribune's "Good Eating" section, whose content appears in newspapers around the country.
Julie Saladino Bateman (Character BFA 92) worked on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as a Roto Prep Artist for 3D conversion.
Rob Bekuhrs (Character Animation BFA 83) is currently supervising game animation crews at SuperGenius Studio in Oregon City, and recently completed work on The Walking Dead and Family Guy. The former won 2013 BAFTA awards for Best Story and Best Handheld Game and won the 2013 VGA award for Game of the Year, while the latter was nominated for a 2013 Annie award for Best Animated Video Game. Bekuhrs was an original member of Walt Disney Feature Animation in Florida, starting as its sole computer animation artist. Over 15 years, he worked on several short films, commercials, and features, supervising animation crews on several films, including Mulan (1998) and Lilo and Stitch (2002) and training the 2D animation staff to work in Maya/3D. He has also worked at Computer Image Corporation in Denver using video synthesizers to make commercials and shorts for Sesame Street; has helped launch Movietime Channel (now E! channel) with on-air graphics and animation; has worked with Bill Kroyer and Bagdessarian Productions on CG and traditional animation; led animation crews on Disney's The Wild in Toronto; developed software, pipeline, and animation and created facial libraries for Laika's Coraline (2009) and ParaNorman (2012); and led crowd animators and developed tools for Double Negative in London for Disney's John Carter (2012).
In January, Madison Brookshire (Film/Video MFA 07) was one of
eight grantees of the inaugural LA Artist Initiative, a grant program
for emerging visual artists co-sponsored by the Rema Hort Mann
Foundation and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Paula Chambers (Live Action BFA 85), F.X. Feeney (Live Action BFA 76), James Mangold (Live Action BFA 85) and former CalArts School of Film/Video faculty Kris Malkiewicz were part of a guest panel for Alexander Mackendrick: A Centennial Celebration at the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater/REDCAT on February 6, 2013. An article on the event appeared in the LA Times.
Drawings and paintings by Mary Cohen (Experimental Animation MFA 07; BFA 04) will be on display at the Pacific Palisades Library in March with an afternoon reception on March 16 from 2-4 pm. She will also show 3-D objects during the reception. An award-winning member of the Pacific Palisades Art Association, she has exhibited in several of its group shows as well as at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. She frequently leads panels at anime conventions and is working on a graphic novel.
The Los Angeles art gallery Musée 16 presented “An Evening with Filmmaker Nicole Emmons” (Experimental Animation MFA 10) on February 28. Her films were screened and puppets from the films were on display.
Five CalArtian filmmakers recently earned nominations for the 2013
Spirit Awards, which will be announced in Santa Monica on Feb. 23,
2013.Presented by Film Independent, a nonprofit arts organization that recognizes and celebrates artist-driven filmmaking, the awards’ winners are chosen by the organization’s members, past Spirit Award nominees and winners, and active Independent Film Project members. Nominees include writer-director Aurora Guerrero’s (Interschool MFA 99) Mosquita y Mari, David Fenster's (Film/Video MFA 04) Pincus, Jason Tippet (Film/Video BFA 08) and Elizabeth Mims' (Film/Video BFA 10) Only the Young and Kirby Dick’s (Art BFA 76) The Invisible War.
Eliza Hittman (Film Directing MFA 10) wrote, directed and co-produced It Felt Like Love, an official selection for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Devil’s Gate by Film/Video faculty member Laura Kraning (Film/Video MFA 10) was screened on February 18 at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena in an international program of experimental film and video work presented by MIA. The film explores the metaphysical undercurrents of a Southern California landscape scarred by fire.
Eu Song Lee's (Character Animation 12) will and Ian Samuels' (Film Directing MFA 11) Caterwaul will be screened at KCET's Fine Cut 13th "annual series showcasing the best shorts from leading film, television and animations schools in Southern California."
Minkyu Lee's (Character Animation MFA 09) Adam and Dog has been nominated for an Oscar for Animated Short Film.
CalArts has learned that Warner Bros. director Russell "Rusty" Mills
(Character Animation BFA 84) passed away on December 7, 2012 at age 49. Rusty won both daytime and primetime Emmys for his work, directed the Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. His obituary appeared in the LA Times.
Ben Ridgway (Experimental MFA 98), San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Animation, was featured in the Animation World Network article, Five Artists Creating New Visions of What Animation Can Be.
Heidi Smith (Character Animation BFA 08), a Character Designer at Laika, was recently featured in a Cartoon Brew article regarding her work on Paranorman.
After nearly eight years of work, a film by John Sorensen (Film/Video BFA 86) about a group of Sudanese refugees will debut on public television. The Quilted Conscience, a 60-minute film about a group of 16 Sudanese-American girls—refugees from genocide—who are thrust into a new life in Grand Island, Nebraska, will be broadcast on Nebraska Public Television in June. It was also screened in February at the San Diego Black Film Festival. Sorensen is director and founder of the Abbott Sisters Living Legacy Project, which honors and perpetuates the living legacy of Nebraska social justice pioneers, Grace and Edith Abbott, and addresses issues concerning the children’s and immigration rights movements.
Robert Stadd (Film/Video BFA 79) is currently the visual effects supervisor on The Hangover Part 3; he was the VFX supervisor on The Hangover Part 2 as well. He supervised the visual effects on Elf Man, Public Enemies, Miami Vice and Collateral, and was the visual effects producer on films including The Nutty Professor I and 2, Liar Liar, The Mask and The Crow.
Robert directed Alien Siege for the Sci-Fi Channel, starring Brad Johnson and Carl Weathers, which received the channel's highest rating in February 2012, and created a webisode, The Ballad of Mary and Ernie, which won Best Webisode at the New Media Film Festival.
He shares that he is married to artist Rachel X. Hobreigh and that "our dogs, Natasha Bella and Gideon continue to terrorize the neighborhood."
Anders Beer (Experimental Animation '96) will be a panelist on the Massachusetts Production Coalition's Working Methods in Film, Television and Advertising Seminar Series: Post-Production and Visual Effects on September 15.
The New York Times reviewed Luis Prieto's (MFA Film/Video '94) latest directorial work, Pusher.
Great Expectations, a new documentary on the nation's educational achievement gap by Jonathan Robinson (MFA Live Action '89), will broadcast on the Sundance Channel on Sunday, September 16.
Mark Andrews (BFA Character Animation '93) is the director of Pixar's "Brave," which opens in theatres nationwide this summer.
David Armstrong (BFA Live Action '88), Cinematographer of the Saw franchise, is set to direct Crawl to Me, a movie adaptation of the cult-classic comic. Currently, Armstrong is directing the indie hostage drama Pawn.
Tim Burton's (Character Animation '79) Frankenweenie, in theatres Halloween, will launch as a live interactive exhibit as Disney gears up to launch original sketches as well as extensive props, sets and puppets. The "Art of Frankenweenie" exhibition will git seven countries, starting in Barcelona. More information can be found here.
David Finster's (MFA Film/Video '04) semi-autobiographical film, Pincus, will have its world premier at the LA Film Festival in June.
Alex Hirsch (BFACharacter Animation '07) is the creator of the new Disney cartoon Gravity Falls, which premiers in June. The show, inspired by real-life adventures with his twin sister features the voices of Jason Ritter, Kristen Schaal and many more. More information can be found in the press release, here.
Helen Hill (MFA Experimental Animation '95) was featured in the Smithsonian Magazine for being one of "Five Women Animators Who Shook Up The Industry."
Laurie House's (Live Action '93) feature documentary "Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy" will be screening at the New Filmaker Series in New York on July 5th.
Logan Kibens (MFA Film/Video '10) recently debuted her film "Operator" at the Ivy Substation in Culver City as part of the highly selective Sundance Institute Screenplay Reading Series.
Laida Lertxundi (MFA Film/Video '07) had films featured in the San Francisco "Crossroads" Festival.
Astra Price (MFA Integrated Media & Film/Video '01) see Sandro del Rosario.
Sandro del Rosario (MFA Experimental Animation '01) is the Production Assistant on "Transit" at the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX. The event is open to the public.
Lisa Rose (MFA Experimental Animation '08) will be showing her work at Studio D in San Fransisco through October.
Karolina Sobecka (MFA Integrated Media/Experimental Animation '03) will be presenting her work at the Leaders in Software and Art Salon in New York and in the Fellows in Digital and Electronic Arts at NYFA Gallery. She is also creating a new installation for the Woodstock Digital Media Festival in July.
Dustin Thompson (MFA Film/Video '09) just finished a new project called Subculture Club: Urban Beekeeping on Ashton Kutcher's Thrash Lab. The project can be seen here and the "History of Bees" told through animation can be seen here.
Andrew Ahn's (MFA Film Directing '11) film DOL (FIRST
BIRTHDAY) screened at Fusion: Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival, presented by Outfest on March 24th.
Cody Cameron (Character Animation '96) will be directing 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' with Kris Pearn.
Jason Carpenter (MFA '06, Program in Film and Video), Meejin Hong (MFA '12, Experimental Animation), Laida Lertxundi (MFA '07, Program in Film and Video), Norbert Shieh (MFA '11, Program in Film and Video), Deborah Stratman (MFA '95, Program in Film and Video), and Travis Wilkerson (MFA '01, Program in Film and Video) will screen films at this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Taylor Crowe (CER Character Animation '07) was featured in Dr. Darold Treffert's presentation "Taylor Crowe: Finding the Gifts, Using the Strengths: Empowering a Life with Autism." In conjuction with the presentation, he will also be showing his artwork, on dispaly at the Stayer Center.
Marsha Hale (BFA Live Action '81) earned her Ph.D. from Pacifica University in Carpinteria,CA. Her dissertation was titled, Chick Flicks and Weepies–The Mythology of Love in Film. She has been employed as an archivist in the film industry, working on animation archives for An American Tale, The Land Before Time and the first year of The Simpsons.
Laura Kraning's (MFA '10, Program in Film and Video) DEVIL'S GATE (2011) has been nominated for a Golden Gate Award (New Visions) at the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival. Other recent screenings include Big Muddy Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales (Centre Pompidou), Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Nasher Museum of Art (Duke University), and the Maysles Cinema (The Experiment). Additional screenings over the past year have included New York Film Festival (Views from the Avant-Garde), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Athens International Film &Video Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, and Chicago Underground Film Festival where DEVIL'S GATE received Honorable Mention.
David Lebow (MFA Experimental Animation '00) will be having a show of paintings called "End Time Visions" from June 1st to July 1st.
Laida Lertxundi (MFA '07, Program in Film and Video) screened four films at the Whitney Biennial from March 28 through April 1, including FOOTNOTES TO A HOUSE OF LOVE (2007), MY TEARS ARE DRY (2009), LLORA CUANDO TE PASE / CRY WHEN IT HAPPENS (2010), and A LAX RIDDLE UNIT (2011).
Susan Silas (MFA Art '83) has an exhibit at the Hebrew Union College Museum in NY through June 30. The work is a memorial testament of 580 female Jewish prisoners at the end of the second World War.
Karolina Sobecka's (MFA Integrated Media '06) exhibition "Human Moves Animal Visions" will be at the Super Frog Gallery in San Fransisco until May 3rd.
John Sorenson (Film/Video '86)reports that he is completing work on a new film called The
Quilted Conscience, about a fabric arts project he organized with a group of Sudanese children who fled genocide in their homeland for a small town in Nebraska. The film will broadcast on PBS in 2012-13. In addition, he and his creative partner, Wonjung Kim are preparing Dream/Cage a "performance/assemblage" on the life and work of composer John Cage which will be presented at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in November.
Peggy Wolff (BFA Film/Video '72) is a food writer for the Chicago Tribune. See her article on a Moroccan Passover meal here.
Creative Captial grants were given to eight Calartians including Akosua Adoma Owusu (MFA Interschool '08), Norbert Shieh (MFA Film/Video '11), Deborah Stratman (MFA Film/Video '95), Malik Gaines (MFA Film/Video '99), Scott Barry (ACT Art '11), and Niel Doshi (Art '10).
Nicholas Fox-Gieg (MFA Experimental '04) has received an Eyebeam Fellowship.
Jorge Gutierrez (MFA Film/Video '00) is directing the film Day of the Dead, scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.
Curt Hahn (BFA, Live Action '72), CEO of Film House, Inc. in Nashville, recently directed Deadline, starring Eric Roberts.
Naotaka Hiro (MFA Film/Video '00) will be having a solo exhibition in New York at Brennan & Griffin titled Unknown: Video Works 2006-2011 from February 22nd through the 26th.
Shayne Hood (BFA Experimental ’95) will perform with Single Wing Turquoise Bird, a preeminent light show group of the 60s and 70s, as part of Pacific Standard Time at the Broad Center/UCLA on January 25-26. The event, presented by the Los Angeles Filmforum and the UCLA Department of Design will also include CalArts Herb Alpert School of Music faculty Miroslav Tadic in the program, which features real-time projection and live music.
Ryan Metlen (BFA Character Animation '99) has been working on "Hope and Death" to be released soon.
Jason McManus (BFA Film/Video '11) recently became the creative director for RGH Themed Entertainment in the LA office. He was also interviewed by InPark Magazine.
Laura Molina's (Film/Video '80) painting, AmorAlien, has been included in the National Museum of Mexican Art’s permanent collection. A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, January 20 from 6-8. In addition to her art work, Laura is running for Congress in California’s 25th District.
Nick Peterson (BFA Film/Video '99) has won Best Experimental Film in the Irvine Film Festival for his film, Drained.
Naomi Uman (MFA Film/Video '98) screened her film The Ukranian Time Machine at REDCAT on December 12th.
Margot Valentine (Zych) (BFA Film/Video '06) has published her short story, The Arching Space, in Fransesca Lia Block's anthology, Love Magick.
Akosua Adoma's (MFA Film/Video '08) film, Mi Broni Ba screened at the National Gallery of Art this past June in Washington D.C. amongst short films by featured artists of the 56th Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. In addition, Adoma's short film, DREXCIYA, made in collaboration with Dustin Thompson (MFA Intergrated Media '09) and Nathan Ruyle (Faculty), won Best Experimental Short Film at Expresion en Corto, Festival Internacional de Cine de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Peter Brinson (MFA Film/Video '00) who currently teaches at USC, was nominated for a Digital 25 award in the category of "Console and PC Gaming" for THE CAT AND THE COUP.
Jason Carpenter (MFA Film/Video '06) has won the Walt Disney Studios Award for Student Film for his film The Renter
The Los Angeles premiere of FROGTOWN, a feature film directed by C. Andrew Hall (MFA Film Directing '10)and produced by Nathan Jongewaard( MFA Film Directing '07)and J.R. Hughto(MFA Film/Video 06, Faculty), starring Alanna Blair (BFA Theater '08), took place on September 17th at the Downtown Independent Theater.
Gwenaëlle Gobé's (MFA Experimental Animation '06) documentary on commercial advertising, THIS SPACE AVAILABLE, has been included in DOC NYC and will screen at the IFC Center November 5-6.
Jeaux Janovsky (BFA Character Animation '05) was recently interviewed on CNN
MAURICE, a film made in France this past summer by Patrick Kack-Brice(BFA Film/Video '11) is playing at the San Francisco Documentary Festival as part of a shorts program entitled "The Business of Living" on October 22 and 25th.
John Lasseter (BFA Film/Video '79) will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Laida Lertxundi's (MFA Film/Video '07) film, CRY WHEN IT HAPPENS/ LLORA CUANDO TE PASE, screened in several festivals this past year, including Los Angeles Filmforum, Portland International Film Festival, NorthWest Filmforum, Seattle Wexner Center for the Arts, Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Views of the Avant Garde, Courtisane Film Festival, Crossroads Film Festival in San Francisco, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Onion City Film Festival in Chicago.
Kelvin Park (MFA Film/Video Integrated Media) screened his documentary film, CHEONGGYECHEON MEDLEY: A DREAM OF IRON, at the LA Film Festival this summer. It was described by The Examiner as one of the "not to be missed" films in the documentary competition.
Naoko Tasaka (MFA Film.Video '11) will screen her film LIGHT LEAKS THROUGH INTERVALS at the BratIslava Film Festival (Czech Republic).
William Burgess (BFA Film/Video '06) is collecting submissions for the Druid Underground Film Festival. Submissions are dues by September 24th
Daina Krumins (MFA Film/Video '72) has had her artwork featured in the Autistic Artistic Carnival 2011
John Lasseter (BFA Animation '79) will recieve the Brittania Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment from the Brithish Academy of Film and Television Art Los Angeles (BAFTA) at the 2011 BAFTA Awards on November 10th
Jeff Phillips (See Art School Class Notes)
CalArts School had a very strong showing at the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival in March.
- Alumni screenings invcluded work by Deborah Stratman (MFA Live Action '05), Helen Hill (MFA Experimental Animation '95), Beom Sik Shim (MFA Experimental Animation '09), Robert Fenz (MFA Film/Video '02), Natasha Mendonca, Norbert Shieh, Laura Kraning, Brigid McCaffrey, Laida Lertxundi, and Peter Bo Rapmund.
- The following won awards at the festival: Natasha Mendonca ('10 MFA Program in Film and Video)Brigid McCaffrey (’10 MFA Program in Film and Video) won the Kodak/Grace & Wild Imaging Award for Best Cinematography for CASTAIC LAKE.
- The late Helen Hill (’95 MFA Program in Film and Video) and Paul Gailiunus won the Flood of Love Award for THE FLORESTINE COLLECTION.
- Deborah Stratman (’95 MFA Program in Film and Video) won the On the Fly Award for RAY’S BIRDS.
- Thom Andersen (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) won Best Sound Design for GET OUT OF THE CAR.
Howard Better (Experimental Animation BFA 79) See Suzan Shutan(Art).
A memorial service for Valerie L. Bronson (MFA Film/Video '80) was held in Seattle on March 20, 2011.
Yves Chery, J.D., (MFA Live Action '93) is running for re-election to the board of the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association.
Richard Cohen's (MFA Film/Video '73)documentary, Good Cat in Screenland, has recently been released on DVD.
Maile Colbert (MFA Integrated Media '04) ia a participating artist in Binaural/Nodar’s Paivascapes #1 – Paiva River Sound Festival.
Rideshare, the first full length feature film shot entirely on the HD iPhone4 and produced and directed by Donovan Cook (BFA Character Animation '90), received the 2011 Golden Kahuna Award from the Honolulu Film Awards and the Los Angeles International New Wave Film Festival's Best Performance in an Experimental Film and Honorable Mention in Experimental Film.
Donovan Vim Crony (a.k.a. Donovan Bobo) (MFA Film/Video'08) directed Lazy Mary's video Hangnail.
Vanessa Cruz (MFA Experimental Animation '98) was selected to receive a Fulbright Fellowship.
Greg Ercolano (BFA Experimental Animation '86) won the Academy Award for Technical Achievement for the design and engineering of a series of software systems culminating in the Rush render queue management system.
Jessica "Jay" Erker (MFA Film/Video '01) has recently launched WEEKEND, "a new artist-run space dedicated to showing the work of under-represented contemporary artists in Los Angeles and beyond."
Ajah-Denise Fambo -Demarteu (Character Animation '99) recently produced Earth Keepers, a documentary short on sustainable business.
Juan Garza (BFA Film/Video '80) presented a live art piece in Irrational Exhibits, curated by Deborah Oliver (BFA Dance '79), at Track 16 Gallery.
Aurora Guerrero (MFA Film Directing '99) has written and directed her first feature film, Mosquita Y Mari.
Philip Hall (BFA Film/Video '76) will be participating in Dreams, Angels, Gods, Phantoms, Fish, Cars, and Landscapes exhibition at Uptown Body and Fender in Oakland CA. Opens May 6th 2011.
Dreamworks animator Jennifer Harlow (BFA Character Animation '10) was featured in a recent Mail Tribune article.
Gary Kaskel (Film/Video '74) produced Animal People, The Human Movement in America.
Brooke Keesling (MFA Experimental '99), who has been teaching in Film/Video at CalArts, was just named as Cartoon Network's Manager of Animation Talent Development.
Carol Kim’s (MFA Integrated Media/Film/Video '03) multi-media project, "In one ear...and in another" -- iteration #2 – UNPLUGGED was presented at Boston Court Performing Arts Center’s Arttalk on March 12, featuring the writings and voices of alumni Doug Kearney (MFA Critical Studies ‘04; faculty) and Carol Kim, and faculty Mady Schutzman and Alice Tuan. In addition, she was in a performance with Carmina Escobar, In the Window/ En la Ventana, on May 7th at Folly Bowl in Altadena, CA and May 17th at Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
A retrospective of Alexis Krasilovsky's (MFA Film/Video '84) work was held at the Gdansk Gallery of Photography, part of the National Museum of Poland on May 5th. She also screened her documentaries "Beale Street" and "Exile" at the American Corner on May 6th. Her feature "Women Behind the Camera" screened at the Neptune Cinema on May7th.
CalArts' Character Animation faculty Dave Lebow (MFA Experimental Animation '00) won Honorable Mention for three works on exhibit at the International Contemporary Drawing Juried Exhibition at Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery in St. Louis. His work was also included in Los Angeles' La Luz De Jesus Gallery's Everything But the Kitchen Sync group show March 4-28, 2011.
Yoon Jung Lee's (MFA Film/Video '05) new film, Remember O Goddess, will be screened at the 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Miwa Matreyek (MFA Experimental Animation '07) screened her short film Grater City at the inaugural Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival, April 7 – 10, 2011.
Mirka Morales (MFA Experimental Animation '94) short film IMUM COELI (bottom of the sky) premieres at the 19th annual Chicago Underground FIlm Festival in June. Her previous short film ELFMADCHEN also premiered at CUFF in 2009 and recieved Best Animation Award.
Mike Ott (BFA Film/Video '03; MFA Film Directing '05) screened his film Littlerock at Royal/T’s Cinema Speakeasy in Los Angeles on April 3rd as a benefit for the relief efforts in Japan.
Joanna Priestley (MFA Experimental Animation '85) won First Prize at the USA Film Festival and Second Prize at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival for her film Eye Liner.
Mason Richard's (Film Directing '09) The Seawall will screen at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Beomsik Shimbe Shim (MFA Experimental Animation '09)won Best Animated Short for his film The Wonder Hospital at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
In October 2010, Bryan Single's (BFA Live Action '97) documentary, Children Of War was the first film to have its World Premiere before world leaders from over 30 countries in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.