Fleeting Marvels

Fleeting Marvels

2022, 04:28, live action and computer animation

A jubilant look at the art, mutant vehicles, rituals and rave culture at the 2019 dust festival in the Black Rock Desert. Featuring the Larval Marvel Chorus. Credits: Directed and Produced by Joanna Priestley. Design and editing by Zak Margolis. Music by Seth Norman. Sound Design by Zak Margolis. Addl. sound by Chris Barber. Videography: Paul Harrod, Joanna Priestley, Lisa Schroeder, Marianne Wilde. Animation: Zak Margolis and Joanna Priestley.

Jung & Restless

Jung & Restless

2021, 06'06", 2D computer animation, DCP, digital file, 16:9, Dolby Digital

Jung & Restless dives into the mythopoetic realm with mandalas and dream inspired images that grasp at enigma. It invokes the oddity and magic of dreaming. Jung & Restless began while I was working with a senior Jungian analyst and stopped dreaming. I started animating short free form experiments, working intuitively without reflection, scrutiny or planning. A decade later I created a film from this material, incorporating mandalas of dream images and classic Jungian symbols. “The soul knows bigger stories.” -C.G. Jung

Awards
Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival, Nominated for Best Short - Animation (Spain)
Short of the Year: Finalist, Click for Festivals (Madrid, Spain)
USA Film Festival: Finalist (Dallas, TX, USA)
Maracay International Film and Video Festival: Short Film Finalist (Venezuela)
Lisbon Film Rendezvous: Finalist (Portugal)
American Film Institute Festival: Semi-Finalist (Los Angeles. CA, USA)
Australia Independent Film Festival: Semi-Finalist (Brisbane, Australia)

Festivals
Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)
Fantoche International Animation Festival (Switzerland)
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Masters of Animation Program, Australia)
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (Moscow, Russia)
ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (France)
London International Animation Festival (UK)
Wiesbaden International Animation Festival (Best of International Animation, Germany)
Walla Walla Movie Crush (WA, USA)
Trujillo International Film Festival (Trujillo, Peru)
Tamil Nadu Film Festival (Chennai, India)
Tibilsi International Animation Festival (Tibilsi, Georgia)
Indie for You Film Festival (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
Santa Cruz International Film Festival (Río Gallegos, Argentina)
T-Short Animated Film Festival (Experimental/Abstract Competition, Germany)
Festival Internacional FESCILMAR (Katowice, Poland)
Eastern Oregon Film Festival (LaGrande, OR, USA)
ANIMARIO Madrid International Festival of Contemporary Animation (Spain)
Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway)
Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow, Russia)
FESCILMAR Festival in Spain (Madrid)
Veracruz Short Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico)
The Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Film (Tallinn, Estonia)
GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation (Calgary, AL, Canada)

North of Blue

North of Blue

2018, 60:07, 2D computer animation, DCP, digital file, 16:9, Dolby Digital

“Inspired by the chilling and mysterious winter landscapes of the Yukon, North of Blue is a mesmerizing non-narrative exploration giving form to the formless and offering shifting focal points and patterns that explore tensions between the recognizable and the strange. Bursting with lively colours and dynamic shapes, North of Blue is abstract art come to life. Conventional silhouettes are deconstructed, stripping away meanings and associations to free the mind for a wildly subjective visit to the north. A dreamlike façade, North of Blue is a stunning symphony which speaks to the explorer in us all.” -Chris Robinson, Ottawa International Animation Festival

"North of Blue" is pure creativity. It shows that the ingenuity of the imagination has no limits.” -Rodolfo Montserrat, Xcèntric Barcelona

“An utterly absorbing abstract feature inspired by the mysterious far north Canadian winter landscapes.” -Melbourne International Animation Festival

Awards
Indie Film Awards: Best Experimental Film (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 3-1-20
Los Angeles Animation Festival: Best Feature Film (CA, USA) 12-1-18
Yosemite International Film Festival: Best Animated Film (CA, USA) 11-2-18
Local Sightings Film Festival: Best Sound Design Award and Best Feature Original Score Award, NW Film Forum (Seattle, WA, USA) 9-23-18
European International Film Festival: Finalist (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 5-15-19
Los Angeles CineFest: Semi-finalist (CA, USA) 1-19

Festivals
Annecy International Animation Festival (World Premiere, France) 6-11+12 +14-18
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) 6-17-18
International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR (Poznan, Poland) 7-6 to 20-18
Palm Springs International Animation Festival (USA) 8-25-18
Insomnia Animation Festival (Russia) 7-19-8
Australian International Animation Festival (Brisbane) 8-4-18
Pixelatl Festival (Cuernavaca, Mexico) 9-4 to 9-18
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) 9-27+29-18
Anim’Est International Animation Festival (Bucharest, Romania) 9-28 to 10-7-18
Australian International Animation Festival (Cairns, Queensland) 8-16-18
AnimaSyros International Animation Festival + Agora (Athens, Greece) 9-28-18
ANIMAGE International Animation Festival (Pernambuco, Brasil) 10-12 to 21-18
SPARK Animation 2018 (Vancouver, Canada) 10-18-18
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 10-31 to 11-5-18
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina) 4-3 to 14-19
Moscow Animation Marathon Solyanka State Gallery (Moscow, Russia) 11-1 to 5-18
Mostra Internacional Films des Donas de Barcelona (Spain) 12-10-18
VOID International Animation Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark) 1-30-19
Xcèntric Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (Spain) 4-4-19
Athens International Film and Video Festival (OH, USA) 4-3-19
Stockholm Experimental Animation Film Festival (Sweden) 4-29-19
Square One Conference, Universidad Iberoamericana (Puebla, Mexico) 4-11-19
Chilemonos International Animation Festival (Santiago, Chile) 5-10-19
FILMNORTH Northern BC Film Festival (Houston, BC, Canada) 7-27-19
We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR, USA) 8-18-19
Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-19-19
Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (Baltimore, MD) 10-4-19
IndieCork Film Festival (Cork, Ireland) 10-13-19
Taichung International Animation Festival (Taichung City, Taiwan) 10-15-19
Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival (Spain) 12-13-19
Santa Cruz International Film Festival (Argentina) 4-18-20
Jaipur Film World (India) 4-25-20
Comotion Festival, Stadtgalerie und Heimatmuseum Brunsbüttel (Germany) 11-21

Screenings
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (work-in-progress, Germany) 5-3-17
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR, USA) 9-21-17
Frame by Frame Conference, DePaul University (Chicago, IL, USA) 5-25-18
Cinémathèque québécoise (Montréal, Canada) 10-2-18
Cineteca nacional (Mexico City, Mexico) 4-16-19
Universidad Santo Tomás (Santiago, Chile) 5-9-19
Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-3-19