REDCAT: “Completely original and capable of affecting both cerebral and sensual complexities.” —Gene Youngblood
Hand-drawn and hand-colored over several years, Christine Panushka’s Blood of the Family Tree (2020, 63 min.) poetically delves into the intimate connections created by a rare disease between generations of women. Panushka’s animation films have been screened in Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Holland, England, Poland, Canada and the United States. They have won numerous awards, including the Aspen Filmfest Grand Prize and a San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award. Her work explores the female psyche and uses stillness and small gestures to describe internal emotional and spiritual states. The creator of the award-winning website Absolut Panushka, she has curated animation programs and been a juror for numerous international animation festivals. A graduate of the CalArts Experimental Animation Program, she became associate director of that program in the 1990s and has been a professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts since 1997.
In person, via Zoom: Christine Panushka
Curated by Steve Anker as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.