Cinematic Voices

Cinematic Voices

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CalArts Campus

Bijou Theater

Animated Films by Ruah Edelstein and Masha Vasilkovsky

Character Animation Faculty Ruah Edelstein and Masha Vasilkovsky in Person

Masha Vasilkovsky is an Independent Experimental Animation Artist, raised in Moscow and based in Los Angeles. Throughout her career filmmaker is focused on developing experimental techniques in animation. Masha is internationally known for her award winning animated films, made in paint on glass technique, ‘Fur and Feathers’ (2000) and ‘Eyes of the Azure’ (2016). Her films have been presented at Pompidou Museum, Annecy Animation Festival, and Museum of Modern Art New York, among other venues. Masha’s animation is featured in such productions as , "Il Doctor" (2005) dir. Suzan Pitt, "Lo Azul Del Cielo" (2012) dir. Juan Uribe, and "Tell Me Cuba" (2006) dir. Megan Williams. In 2012, together with filmmaker RuahEdelstein, Masha co-founded Lumen Animae, an Amity of Creative Partnerships. The filmmakers have received an Emmy nomination (2019) and are responsible for directing and animating over 25 award winning theater productions, animated installations, documentary and animated films, to name a few: 'Ashe 68’, VR Sand animation, (2019); ‘Mysterium Georgicus’, animated installation on permanent exhibition in Charlottesville, Virginia (2017); "Rites of Passage" (2015) feature documentary;  "River of Art" (2014), feature documentary for the National TV of China. As part of these productions, Lumen Animae work has been featured at US Open Tennis Championship, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many other venues. Since 2014, within the framework of College of the Canyons Media Entertainment Arts Curriculum, Lumen Animae has established a program that brings together Holocaust survivors and groups of students to create animated documentaries based on stories of survival: 'My Angel of God’ (2019), 'The Promise’ (2018), 'C'est Normal’ (2017), and others. Masha holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (1995) and an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts (1998). Masha has been teaching courses in animation production at Character Animation Department at CalArts since 2007.

Born in 1977 in Lithuania, Ruah Edelstein is a contemporary artist and a film director best known for her series of conceptual work including animated films, paintings, graphics and site-specific installations. Coming from a background in animation, Edelstein’s work is showcased internationally, including film festivals, museums, theaters, TV, galleries, universities, and conferences. A past few venues include New Frontier at Sundance Film Festival, US Open Tennis Championships, Tribeca Film Festival, California State Legislature, National TV of China, AMC Theaters Miami, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Le Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal, National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum of Fine Art, &NOW Conference for Authors of Innovative Literature, and many more. Travels often incorporate artist talks and master classes. Edelstein is also a co-founder of a production company Lumen Animae, amity of creative partnerships. Early in her life Edelstein went through a rigorous education in fine arts. Subsequently proceeded to studying stage directing and touring with a theater company. Later studies include National FIlm School of Ireland, Film and TV School Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), Prague, ENSAD, l'École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Edelstein received BFA in Character Animation from CalArts in 2010 and MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts in 2012. Within a collaborative project with filmmaker Masha Vasilkovsky Edelstein’s work received an Emmy Nomination in 2019. Edelstein is also a recipient of 1st Prize Experimental Animated Film Athens Animfest, Best Animated Short Film Lisbon International Film Festival, Best Animation Award Golden Reel International Film Festival, among other awards. Edelstein is a faculty at California Institute of the Arts, where the artist teaches film production in the Department of Character Animation.