Film List - Alphabetical (30 films - one feature, one iOS app)

After the Fall (1991, 6 min., drawings on index cards)

After the Fall is about human relationships and the frustration of not being able to connect.  The animation was drawn on index cards that were shot outdoors, at a fast food restaurant, garbage dump, flower farm and near Mt. Hood. After the Fall ends with the hero finding community by planting a seed from his heart. The final shot reveals how the film was made.

“For segments of the 1991 piece, After the Fall, Priestley propped up a sheet of clear plexiglas at various outdoor locations and shot animation by placing sequences of drawings in its center.  In the finished film, the smooth hand-drawn animation is framed by stuttering approximations of live-action backgrounds.” -Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley.  Music composed and produced by Billy Oskay and Cal Scott.

Awards:
National Independent Film Competition (USA): Grand Prix 
Athens Film and Video Festival (USA): First Prize 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): First Prize 
Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA): Cash Award Winner 
Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Juror’s Award

Festivals:
New York Film Festival (USA) 
Bombay International Film Festival (India) 
San Francisco International Film Festival (USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (Portland, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
High Museum (Atlanta, USA)

All My Relations (1990, 5 min., 16mm, drawings on paper with 3D frames)

All My Relations satirizes the pitfalls of romance, from marriage, childbirth and upward mobility to the disintegration of a relationship. The animation is framed by a series of sculptural assemblages, which emphasize the message implied by the archetypal characters whose dilemmas may be familiar to those who have bought into the American Dream.

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley.  Voices by Victoria Parker and Scott Parker.  Sound effects by Dennis Wiancko.  Sound produced by Joanna Priestley.  Assistant animation by Kathleen Nichols and Janet Karecki.

Awards:
National Independent Film Competition (USA): Grand Prix 
Black Maria Film and Video Festival (USA): Jury Award for Excellence 
Big Muddy Film Festival (USA): Best of Festival 
American Film and Video Festival (USA): Second Place/Red Ribbon Award 
Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Jury Award for Excellence 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): Honorable Mention 
Athens International Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention 
Marin County Film Festival (USA): Third Prize

Festivals:
New York Film Festival (USA) 
Annecy International Animation Festival (France) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 
Tournée of Animation (USA) 
Odense International Film Festival (Denmark) 
Bombay International Film Festival (India) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
PIA Festival (Japan) 
U.S.A. Film Festival

Touring Programs:
Tournée of Animation (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (USA)

Screenings:
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center Retrospective (Minneapolis, USA)
Museum of Modern Art Retrospective (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

 

Andaluz (2004, 05:55, drawings on paper, screen ratio 1.33:1)
A traveler’s love letter to Andalucía, this animated film is an homage to the culture, landscape, and architecture of southern Spain. The film explores details of the natural world in relation to the four elements, and suggests the close relationship between people and the land which they inhabit.

"Short but sweet, this new animated tribute to southern Spain is just six minutes long, but the tale spans centuries."  -Cheryl Sinapis, Boston Globe

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Karen Aqua. Sound designed, produced and mixed by Lance Limbocker.  Edited by Cam Williams. Music composed by Juanito Pascual.  Music produced by Ken Field.  Musicians:  Juanito Pascual (guitar, palmas), Fernando de Malaga (vocals), Adolfo Herrera (percussion, palmas), Ken Field (flutes). Camera by Joanna Priestley and Shannon Turk.
 

Awards:
Black Maria Film and Video Festival (USA): Director's Choice Award 
ASIFA-East Animation Awards (USA): Excellence in Experimental Techniques 
Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (USA): First Prize 
USA Film Festival: Finalist 
ASIFA-San Francisco Animation Awards (USA): Second Prize 
Bimini International Animated Film Festival (Latvia): Special Jury Diploma
New England Film & Video Festival (USA): Jury Award for Best Independent Animation

Festivals:
New York Film Festival (USA)
Big Muddy Film Festival (USA)
Tehran International Animation Festival (Iran) 
James River Film Festival (USA)
Platform International Animation Festival (Oregon, USA)
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film 
Nashville Film Festival (USA)
Newport International Film Festival (Rhode Island, USA)
Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films 
Culture2Culture Tricky Women Festival (Austria) 
Anima Mundi (Brazil)
Starz Denver International Film Festival (Colorado, USA)
China International Cartoon and Digital Art Festival 
I Castelli Animati (Italy)
Animac (Spain)
Northwest Film and Video Festival (Oregon, USA)
Jeon Ju International Film Festival (Korea)
Córdoba Animation Festival (Argentina)
Down Under International Film Festival (Australia)
KROK International Animated Film Festival (Ukraine)
CineMujer Film Festival (Texas, USA)
Northampton Film Festival (New York, USA) 
Womanimation! Film Festival (New Hampshire, USA)

Screenings:
Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA) 
Portland Art Museum (Oregon, USA)
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, USA)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
Paris Cinéma (France)
Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, USA)
Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
POW Festival, Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR) 3-9-14

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Bottle Neck (2015, 02:39, mov file, stereo, 16:9)

A luminous crush of still life silhouettes, abstract shapes and complex, interlocking patterns, Bottle Neck renovates the commonplace objects of a classical painting genre in a modern setting. It is the third film in Priestley’s abstract trilogy about patterning that includes Eye Liner (2011)

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Title design and compositing by Brian Kinkley. Special thanks to Petit Pattern Books.
 

Festivals:
Hiroshima International Film Festival: Best of the World Program (Japan)
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) 
Stockholm Animation and Experimental Film Festival (Sweden)
interfilm International Short Film Festival (Berlin, Germany) 
Sydney Film Festival (Australia) 6-8–16 
London International Animation Festival (UK)
Northwest Filmmaker's Festival (USA)

Athens International Film Festival (USA)
INDIE hype (Australia + Germany) 6-28–16
TMC London Film Festival (UK) 
Portland International Film Festival (USA)
Insomnia Festival (Moscow, Russia) 
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15 
Northwest Animation Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 
Miami Independent Film Festival (USA)
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16 
New Zealand In

ternational Film Festival (Auckland, NZ)
Flying Robot International Film Festival (USA)

Screenings:
Art Education Conference (Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Zip! Animation Event (St. Dennis Hall, Harrisville, NH) 12-5-15
Homebrew Animation, Fertile Ground Festival (Portland, OR) 1-24-16
Focus on Joanna Priestley, Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-26 and 3–6-16
Women in Film, Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 9-15-16
Celebrating Women in Animation, Animated Women UK (The Horse Hospital, London) 12-8-16
Best of the We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (NWFC, Portland Art Museum, OR) 4-27-17
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17
ASIFA-SF Spring Show, City College of San Francisco (USA) 6-16-17
Boathouse Microcinema (Portland, OR) 3-8-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

 

Candyjam (1988, 7 min., 16mm, object animation, puppets and drawings on paper)

Candyjam is a whimsical, animated collaboration by ten animators from four countries. Candy is the subject and each filmmaker brings their own unique style to this experimental film which includes animated candy and objects, drawings and puppet animation.

 

Credits: Produced and Directed by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko. Sequence directors: David Anderson (England), Karen Aqua (USA), Craig Bartlett (USA), Elizabeth Buttler (USA), Paul Driessen (Holland), Tom Gasek (USA), Joan Gratz (USA), Christine Panushka (USA), Joanna Priestley (USA) and Marv Newland (Canada). 

 

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival (USA): First Prize 
National Independent Film and Video Competition (USA): Honorable Mention 
Chicago International Film Festival (USA): Certificate of Merit 
Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA): Cash Award Winner  
Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): Honorable Mention

Festivals: 
Zagreb International Animation Festival (Croatia) 
Flaherty Film Seminar (USA)
Aspen Film Festival (USA) 
Tournée of Animation (USA) 
Mill Valley Film Festival (USA) 
Denver Film Festival (USA) 
Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (Portland, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
Canal+ (France)
POW Festival Retropsective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14

 

Choking Hazard (2012, 01:05, digital file, 16:9)

What happens to our recycled plastic? A plastic tub takes a long trip in this short short by award winning indie animator Joanna Priestley. Our best intentions can go awry when it comes to recycling plastic.

 

Credits: Directed and Produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound Design by Chris Barber. Music by Thomas Barber. Animation by by Joanna Priestley and Jed Bursiek. Musicians: Casey Bozell: Violin, Adam Trachsel: Bass, Cellos and Guitar. Chris Barber: Percussion. Meredith Adelaide: Vocals. Thomas Barber: Trumpet, French Horn and Tuba. Produced for and financial support provided by: Create Plenty, Scrap and the Surfrider Foundation, Portland Chapter.

 

Festivals

Eco Comedy Film Competition (USA)

Dawson City International Short Film Festival (Canada)

Screenings:

Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-12

The Art Zone, Seattle Channel (Seattle, WA) 3-21-12

Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13

Plastics 360 Conference (Berkeley, CA) 3-16-13

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Clam Bake (2012, iOS app available from the Apple Store, interactive animation, 16:9)

Clam Bake is an ebullient, interactive adventure that begins with an array of turquoise clams and simple shapes. Touch the screen to open an object and reveal an animated treasure. As more shapes and zoetropes appear, opening each element leads to a surprise ending. Dubstep composer Seth Norman (Triage) created a rich score for Clam Bake. Norman says: “My focus as a sound designer was on creating small, attention-grabbing snippets of audio that give the user a feeling of surprise and discovery with each click as they dig further into the app."

 

“Priestley’s ebullient take on contemporary animation. Embracing new technology to further push the boundaries of animation’s capabilities, Clam Bake is an interactive objet d’art.” -Nicholas Katzban, 24700
 

"It's playful, witty, soothing and charming." -Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

 

“Clam Bake is mesmerizing and fun. I love it!” –Mayor Sam Adams, Portland, OR

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman.
Programmer and Assistant Animator Jed Bursiek.

"Embracing new technology to further push the boundaries of animation’s capabilities, Clam Bake is not quite a game but an interactive objet d’art." -Nicholas Katzban, 24700
 

Presentations:
Northwest Film Center – Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-12
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Houston Cinema Arts Festival (Houston, TX) 11-7-12 to 11-21-12


The Dancing Bulrushes (1985, 5 min., 16mm, sand animation)

The Dancing Bulrushes is based on an Ojibwa Native American story about coyote, the trickster, published by Barry Lopez.  The film was made by animating beach sand frame by frame, on top of a sheet of glass, directly under the camera. 

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Steven Subotnick. Written by Barry Lopez. Music composed and performed by Miroslav Tadic. Narrated by Fran Bennett. Made at California Institute of the Arts.

 

Awards:  
USA Film Festival (USA): Special Judges Award for New Animation Talent 

Chicago International Film Festival (USA): Gold Hugo Nominee for Best Short Film
Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA): Cash Award Winner 
FOCUS Film Festival (USA): Third Place

Festivals: 
Athens International Film Festival (USA) 
San Francisco International Film Festival (USA) 
Chicago International Film Festival (USA) 
Los Angeles International Animation Celebration (USA) 
Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (Portland, USA)


Dear Pluto (2012, 04:13, DVD- Beta SP-Blu-ray, stereo, 16:9)

“Dear Pluto, you will always be a planet in my Solar System! The International Astronomical Union has demoted you, cast you in with the other icy bodies of the Kuiper Belt. But what do they know?”  A tribute to Pluto, everyone’s favorite planetoid, from the poem “Pizza” by slam poet Taylor Mali. Created with Maya, 3D Studio Max and Flash CS3.

 

Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound design by Lance Limbocker and Seth Norman. Written and performed by Taylor Mali.

3D animation by James O’Neill and Russell Wilkins. Music composed by Lance Limbocker. Design and 2D animation by Joanna Priestley. Compositing by Randy Wakerlin. Additional computer animation by Fred Ruff. Edited by Joanna Priestley and Randy Wakerlin. Character voices by Rob Sample. Assistant modeler: Luc Cote’. Storyboards by Dan Schaeffer.  Character designs by Don Flores. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

 

Awards:
ASIFA-San Francisco Film Festival: First Place, 
Independent Animation (USA)

Northwest Filmmakers Festival: Audience Choice Award (USA)

Ann Arbor Film Festival: Art & Science Award (USA)

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival: Best of ZEBRA (Germany)

Festivals:
Interfilm International Short Film Festival (Germany)
Visible Verse Festival (Canada), Dawson City Short Film Festival (Canada) 
Gig Harbor Film Festival (USA), POW Film Festival (USA)
Spokane International Film Festival, Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Lithuania)
Portland International Film Festival, (USA), Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival (USA)
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (USA)
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16

Screenings:
Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR)
A Place Called Home, Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR)
Annecy+ (Annecy, France)
dlr Poetry Now (Dublin, Ireland) 
Artisterium (Tbilisi, Georgia) 
Kosmopolis Festival (Barcelona, Spain) 3-16-13 
Short Waves Festival (Poznan, Poland) 4-25-13 
Internationales Lyrikertreffen Münster (Münster, Germany) 5-02-13 
Copenhagen International Poetry Festival Copenhagen 5-24-13 
Long Night of the Film Festivals (Berlin, Germany) 8-17-3 
International Poetry Festival MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ (Chernovtsy, Ukraine) 9-8-13 
DotorClip Roma Poetry Film Festival (Rome, Italy) 10-24-13 
Short Film Day (Berlin, Germany) 12-21-13
POW Film Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
Runokuu (Poetry Moon) Festival (Helsinki, Finland) 8-24-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Struga Poetry Evenings (Struga, Republic of Macedonia) 8-28-15 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Decanter (~1989, 03:12, 16mm, silent, 2D computer animation) Not Released

Decanter is an abstract structural experiment created at California Institute of the Arts where co-directors Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley were in the first computer animation class at Cal Arts (1984-85), taught by Vibeke Sorensen. They used a Cubicomp with a Compaq PC (8 MB RAM, 40 MB hard drive) and Lumena, Easel and PC-10 software. Images were shot onto 16mm film from the the computer monitor, using a tripod mounted Bolex camera. 

 

Note: Jules Engel assembled Decanter from outtakes of Priestley and Engel’s unreleased 2016 film, Times Square. This was done several years after they completed Times Square in 1986 but the exact date is unknown because Decanter was not released and Engel used Cubicomp credits that were shot in 1985 but not used for Times Square. After Engel’s death in 2003, Decanter (unlabelled) was donated to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive in Los Angeles. The film was found by Film Preservationist Mark Toscano on August 15, 2018 when he was labeling and organizing donated materials. -JP 11-28-18

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley. 


Dew Line (2005, 04:25, 2D computer animation, 1.33:1)

A rich abstract tapestry of biomorphic forms that hints at the loss of botanical diversity.  The title refers to the shapes created by condensation and to the line of radar stations (Distant Early Warning) built in Alaska, USA during the Cold War. Made with FlashMX. “Priestley’s playful eye takes us on a tour through the cycle of life and death as cells split apart, regenerate and dance a microbiological twist.” -Sam Green, San Francisco University

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Jamie Haggerty. Edited by Joanna Priestley and Jamie Haggerty. Supported by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

 

Awards: 
Big Muddy Film Festival: First Prize (USA)
Fantoche International Animation Festival: Best of the World Program (Switzerland) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival: Best of the World Program (Japan) 
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Citation (USA)

Festivals: 
Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brazil) 
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (South Korea) 
Prix Ars Electronica (Germany) 
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) 
Mediawave International Film Festival (Hungary) 
London International Animation Festival (UK) 
Melbourne Animation Festival (Australia) 
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany) 
I Castelli Animati (Italy) 
Bimini International Animated Film Festival (Latvia) 
Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (Turkey) 
Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia) 
Newport International Film Festival (Rhode Island) 
Seattle International Film Festival (Washington) 
Portland International Short Shorts Festival (Oregon) 
Los Angeles Short Film Festival 
Dallas Video Festival (Texas) 
Portland International Film Festival (Oregon) 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (Oregon) 
Hi Mom Film Festival (North Carolina) 
Anchorage Film Festival (Alaska)

Touring Programs:
Animated Worlds Tour and DVD (USA)
Independent Exposure Tour (International)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (USA)

Screenings:
Women with Vision, Walker Art Center (Minnesota, USA)
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-13
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR) 7-1-13
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19


Extended Play (2007, 4 min., digital, animated installation, screen ratio 3:1)

Extended Play is an experimental exploration and rediscovery of games and youthful pastimes. Set within the spotlight of a elliptical border, games, diagrams and objects of amusement create an evocative metaphor of childhood play. Extended Play was a large scale,”L” shaped, outdoor installation with two performers providing live foley sound. It premiered on June 28, 2007 at “Inside Out”, Platform International Animation Festival, in Portland, OR, USA. 

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Digital effects artist: Daniel Phillip Johnson. Sound designed and produced by Marc Rose. Live sound and sound effects by Sam Mowry and Martin Gallagher. Vocal performances by Shannon Day and Janet Day.

 
Eye Liner (2010, 03:53, DVD/Blu-ray/ Beta SP, stereo, 16:9)

Bold, crisp, playful animation that explores the organic geometry and archetypes of the human face. Eyeliner choreographs the flow and ebb of abstract and cultural effigies that echo facial features.

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound Designed and produced by Jamie Haggerty. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

 

Awards:
USA Film Festival: First Prize
Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Second Prize (USA)

Festivals:
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
London International Animation Festival (UK)
Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brasil)
ANIFEST (Czech Republic) 
Big Muddy Film Festival (USA)
Portland International Film Festival (USA)
Animac (Spain)
Salem Film Festival (USA)
Local Sightings Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum (USA)
Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival (USA) 
We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (USA)
Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada)
Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD)

Screenings:
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) 3-23-11 
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) 
Vashon Arts and Humanities (Vashon, WA) 11-13-11
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-12
Dawson City Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada) 4-9-12
Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR) 4-29-12
30th Barcelona Comic Fair (Spain) 5-7-12
Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD) 7-12-12
Animac Camina (throughout Spain) 2012-13
Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR) 7-1-13
POW Festival Retropsective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Grown Up (1994, 06:50, 16mm, ink and watercolor on paper with object animation)

Grown Up takes a humorous and poignant look at what it means to be turning 40 and growing older.

“In a time when everyone seems to be writing about aging, Priestley does a brilliant job of reclaiming 40 and her own process of middle aging with humor, optimism and an award winning animation style that just might make twenty-somethings wish they were older.”  -Bill Foster, Northwest Film Center

“Everybody from Germaine Greer to Gloria Steinem to Betty Friedan are writing about aging, but what about middle-aging?  Priestley does a brilliant job of reclaiming 40, and believe me, I have a vested interest in this subject.  An animation that just might make twenty-somethings wish they were older.” –B. Ruby Rich

 

Credits: Produced and directed by Joanna Priestley. Sound produced by Lance Limbocker. Written by Barbara Carnegie and Joanna Priestley. Music by Steve Christopherson and Warren Rand. Props by Paul Harrod. Made possible by a grant from the Independent Television Service with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding provided by a Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship.

 

Awards:
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Prize (USA)
Marin County Film Festival: First Prize (USA)
Worldfest Houston: Gold Award (USA)
Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Director’s Citation Award (USA)

Charleston International Film Festival: Gold Award (USA)
Columbus International Film Festival: Honorable Mention (USA)
Intercom International Festival: Certificate of Merit (USA)

Festivals:
Telluride Film Festival (USA, Premiere) 
New York Film Festival (USA) 
Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (USA) 
Athens International Film and Video Festival (USA) 
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) 
U.S.A. Film Festival
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival (USA) 
San Francisco International Film Festival (USA) 
Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA) 
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (USA)

Touring Program:

Northwest Film Festival Tour

Screenings:
Beijing International Women’s Conference (China) 
Week long, giant screen exhibition at the Beijing train station, with over a million viewers.
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Hand Held (1995, 7 minutes, ink and watercolor on paper with pixillated hands)

Hand Held is about organizing to confront oppression.  The animation, made with ink, watercolor and pastels on index cards has been shot while being held in real people's hands.  Models of all ages (infant to Joanna’s 93 year old grandmother) and races, prosthetic hands and animal paws create a symbolic community of hands that surround the artwork. The soundtrack for Hand Held was performed by the acclaimed acappella quartet: The Bobs, Joe Finetti, Richard Greene, Janie Scott and Matthew Stull. 

 

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound produced and composed by Richard Greene and Joe Finetti. Soundtrack performed by The Bobs: Joe Finetti, Richard Greene, Janie Scott and Matthew Stull. Sound effects by Jaime Haggerty. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to the MacDowell Colony and Teknifilm Labs.

 

Awards: 
Marin County Film Festival: First Prize (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First  Prize (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Citation (USA)
Humbolt Film Festival: Honorable Mention (USA)
Medicine Wheel Animation Festival: Honorable Mention (USA)

Festivals:
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Leipzig International Film Festival 
Schorndorf International Cartoon Festival

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Women with Vision, Walker Art Center (Minnesota, USA)
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-13
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13


Jade Leaf (1985, 5 min., 16mm, 2-D computer animation)

Jade Leaf  is an abstract computer painting that was inspired by botanical forms. The images were made with a keyboard, IBM-AT and Cubicomp Picturemaker system using Lumena, Easel and PC-10 software. Individual images were shot onto 16mm film using a Bolex camera, mounted on a tripod, pointed at the monitor. Jade Leaf is the first computer animated film made at California Institute of the Arts, where Priestley was in the school’s first computer animation class (1984-85), taught by Vibeke Sorensen. 

“Priestley’s abstract painting has a wonderful graphic flow, not completely geometric, yet not completely organic.” -Phil Borsos, NW Film and Video Festival Juror.

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music by Howard Richman.

 

Award: Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): First Place 
Festival: Computer Animation Conference (USA): Oregon School of Arts and Crafts

 
Kali Yuga (2000, 5 min., 16mm and digital, pixillation and object animation)

Kali Yuga was a pro bono commission for the contemporary music ensemble, Fear No Music.  It includes two animation experiments: pixillation of yoga instructor Diane Wilson (age 50) that was shot in the forest over a six month period and object animation of construction tools, bolts, screws and nails. The music, by modern classical composer Joseph Waters, was synchronized to the edited film.

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music composed by and sound produced by Joseph Waters. Yoga performance by Diane Wilson. Music performed by the Fear No Music Ensemble and guests: Andrew Ehrlich (violin), Philip Hansen (cello), Joel Bluestone (percussion), Jeffrey Payne (piano), Mika Sunago (piano) and Joseph Waters (electronics). Edited by Steve Greiner, Creative Media Development.  Special thanks to: Bill Foster, Larry Johnson, Winks Hardware and Paul Johnson.

 

Performances:
Reed College (Portland Oregon)
University of California (San Diego)
Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon)

 

Missed Aches (2009, 4 min., 2-D computer animation, DVD/Blu-ray/ Beta SP, stereo, 16:9)

"Have you ever worked very horde on a paper for English clash, just to get a very glow raid? Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence!" -Taylor Mali

Missed Aches demonstrates how the shortcomings of spellcheck can result in unexpected double entendres.  It combines animated characters with moving text and was written and narrated by poet Taylor Mali, who led teams to four championships in the National Poetry Slam (USA).

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Written and narrated by Taylor Mali based on the poem “The The Impotence of Proofreading”. Sound Design by Normand Roger and Pierre Yves Drapeau. Music by Pierre Yves Drapeau with Denis Chartrand and Normand Roger. Text Animation by Brian Kinkley. Character design and animation by Don Flores.  Storyboards by Dan Schaeffer. Supported by The Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Caldera Institute.

 

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: First Prize (Jury Award) (USA)
USA Film Festival: Finalist

Festivals:
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Canada) 
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
AniMadrid Animation Festival (Spain)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
Barcelona Festival of Independent Cinema (Spain)
Ann Arbor Film Festival and Tour (USA)
Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Interfilm Berlin (Germany) 
Tricky Women Festival (Austria)
Missed Aches Festivals Page 2
SICAF Animated Film Festival (Korea)
Vienna Independent Short Film Festival (Austria)
Animator International Festival (Poland)
VideoFest (USA)
Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation (Germany)
Local Sightings, NorthWest Film Forum (USA)
ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (Germany)
New Orleans Film Festival (USA)
Portland International Film Festival (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA)
BEFILM Underground Film Festival (USA)
Visible Verse (Canada)
Portland Women’s Film Festival (USA)
Film Columbia (USA)
ASIFA NW Showcase (USA)
Crossroads Film Festival (USA)
Cinefest Sudbury (Canada)
Salem Film Festival (USA)
Cuisle Limerick City International Poetry Festival (Ireland)
Festival Silêncio (Lisbon, Portugal)
Dawson City Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada)
Blue Met Literature Festival (Montreal, Canada) 4-23-15

Touring Programs:
International Goethe-Institutes (world tour, 2014)
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Tour (2010)
Black Maria Film Festival Tour (2010)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (2010)
Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour (2010).

Selected Screenings:
REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA, USA) Premiere 4-20-09
Words Worth a Thousand Pictures, Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
Cinema Du Parc (Montreal, Canada) 11-10
Plaza Cinema (Calgary, Canada) 11-10
Scotiabank Theatre (Vancouver, Canada) 12-10
Kunsttempel Gallery (Kassel, Germany) 12-10
Goethe-Institut (Chennai, India) 12-15-10
New York International Children’s Film Festival Benefit (New York, NY, USA) 1-3-10
Lyrikertreffen (Münster, Germany) 3-24-11
BAM Cinématheque (Brooklyn, NY, USA) 8-3-10
Pittsburgh Filmmakers (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) 10-2+4-10
Audiovizualines Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Kaunas, Germany) 10-22-10 
Nationalgalerie / Goethe Institut (Vilnius, Germany) 10/24/10
Audiovizualines Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Klaipeda, Germany) 10-27-10 
233°Celsius – Bibliothek (Kassel, Germany) 10-28-10
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI, USA) 11-7-10
Southwest Film Center (Albuquerque, NM, USA) 1-11 to 14-10
LA Film Forum (Los Angeles, USA) 12-12-10
SPACE Gallery/ICA (Portland, ME, USA) 1-19-11
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA, USA) 1-29-11
CinemaSpace (Montréal, QB, Canada) 2-23-11
Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, USA) 1-29-12
Hollywood Theater: A Place Called Home (Portland, OR, USA) 4-29-12 Page 3
Limerick City International Poetry Festival (Ireland) 10.14.11
poesiefestival berlin (Berlin, Germany) 5-5-12
Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Kaunas, Lithuania) 10-26 to 28-12
Interfilm Short Film Festival (Berlin, Germany) 11-15+18-12
Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR) 7-1-13
ZKM Center for Art and Media- “Moving Words: Text in Moving Pictures” (Karlsruhe, Germany) 10-18-13 to 1-12-14
FACT- “Moving Words: Text in Moving Pictures” (Liverpool, UK) 1-12-14
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14 
Vienna Independent Short Film Festival- "Très chic" (Austria) 5-25-14
Cineastic Gondolas (Lech am Arlberg, Austria) 12-13-14 
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Annecy Animation Festival: Best of Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted (France) 6-14 

Pacific Northwest Animation Showcase: Animation to Write Home About, NW Film Forum (Seattle, USA) 9-30-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Freud Museum (Vienna, Austria) 12-5-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-5-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

North of Blue (2018, 60:07, DCP and HD digital file, 2D computer animation, 16:9, Dolby Digital)

North of Blue is an abstract animated feature film that began in the mysterious winter landscape of the far north, where director Joanna Priestley was a fellow at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. The film grew into an exploration of the non-objective idiom that that plays with shifting focal points, suspension and tension of two dimensional patterning and trance. Priestley’s creative priorities included creating a foundation grounded in the landscape of the far north, infusing intersecting lines and shapes with vitality, allowing elements of whimsy and finding shapes that sparked a sense of shared history and connectedness. Design inspirations included the blue hues of Delft ceramics, 19th century Northwest Coastal masks, the paintings of Piet Mondrian and Antoni Gaudi’s La Pedrera.

 

Credits: Directed, produced, animated and designed by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and music composed by Jamie Haggerty. Compositing and paint effects by Brian Kinkley. Additional sound effects by Chris Barber. Edited by Greg Snider and Joanna Priestley. Assistant Animators: Neisje Morrell and Don Flores. Animation Assistants: Rachel Bradley, Jesse Bray, Gabe Mangold and Dui Oray. Supported by the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, Caldera Foundation and Willapa Bay A.I.R. Special thanks to Paul Harrod, Sticky Film.

 

Awards:

Los Angeles Animation Festival: Best Feature Film (USA) 12-1-1 

Yosemite International Film Festival: Best Animated Film (USA) 11-2-18
Local Sightings Film Festival: Best Sound Design Award and Best Feature Original Score Award, NW Film Forum (Seattle, USA) 9-23-18

European International Film Festival: Finalist (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 5-15-19
Los Angeles CineFest: Semi-finalist (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

ReAnimania Int. Animation Film & Comics Art Festival (Yerevan, Armenia) 10-31-18

Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 11-4-1

Online Monthly, Semi-Finalist

Animae Caribe (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) 11-23-18

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 (Ohio, USA) 4-3-19
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina) 4-3 to 14-19

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) 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

Screenings
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (work-in-progress, Germany) 5-3-17
Hollywood Theatre (Portland, OR) 9-21-17
Frame by Frame Conference, DePaul University (Chicago, IL) 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) 10-3-19 

Out of Shape (2011, 1 min., 2D computer animation)

Playful choreography of abstract shapes to delight the eye. Three boxes open to reveal a giant blue bubble and two sculptural shapes in Mondrian inspired colors. Abstractions sprinkle like raindrops and fly through the pearl white space like striped helicopter plants. Calligraphic and cellular shapes land in splats on a grid of black and red boxes. The choreography of this abstract world concludes with all shapes returning to the open box. 

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound design and mix by Marc Rose.

Festival: One Minute Film & Video Festival (Aarau, Switzerland).

Screening: Northwest Film Center – Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-12

 

Photo by Sergio Ortiz

PDX PIX (2018, 02:04, pixillation, Super 8 film transferred to HD digital file, 16:9)

A pixellated tour of iconic Portland locations, including VooDoo Donuts, Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People and the Joan of Arc statue. PDX PIX was made in one week for the 45th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival 50 Foot Challenge. Ten filmmakers were given one roll of Super 8 film and asked to make a film in camera without editing.

 

Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Pixillation performance by Natalie Paik. Sound design by Marc Rose. Special thanks to Jamie Haggerty and Ben Popp.

Festival: Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, Portland Art Museum 11-4-18

Pro and Con (1993, 9 min., 35mm, object animation, cels, drawings on paper, puppets and clay painting)

Pro and Con investigates life in prison through two monologues: one by a corrections officer (Lt. Janice Inman), and the other by Oregon State Penitentiary inmate, written by Jeff Green.  The guard is concerned both with the inability of our current prison system to deal with the increasingly violent nature of crime and the cyclical nature of crime within families.  The inmate reflects on the isolation he feels- how much he misses not only his wife and family, but also such mundane activities as riding in a car.  Pro and Con features self-portraits that were drawn by inmates at the penitentiary and object animation of weapons and crafts that were confiscated from inmates.

"Pro and Con is a brief but excellent exploration of the thoughts and emotions of those working and living in our prison system."  -Rebecca S. Albitz, Pyramid Film and Video

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker and Chel White.  Music by Chel White. Narrated by Lt. Janice Inman and Allen Nause. "Con" written by Jeff Green. Funded by the Metropolitan Arts Commission's Percent for Art Program, Multnomah County, Oregon

 

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Choice Award (USA)
Cindy Competition: Gold Award (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: Honorable Mention (USA)
Worldfest Charleston: Gold Award (USA)
Birmingham Educational Film Festival: First Prize (USA)
Columbus Film Festival: Honorable Mention (USA)
CINE Competition: Gold Eagle Award (USA)

Festivals: 
Bombay International Film Festival (India)
Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Holland Animation Festival
Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
U.S.A. Film Festival 
Womanimation! Film Festival (New Hampshire, USA)

Screenings:
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center Retrospective (USA)
Museum of Modern Art Retrospective (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (Portland, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joan Gratz (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 11-30-17

 

The Rubber Stamp Film (1983, 7 min., 16mm, rubber stamps, watercolor and felt pen on index cards)

“An imaginative, witty and energetic film. The images are all made from new and old rubber stamps which combine, entangle and collide at a rapid and joyous pace. A hundred little stories are told as the images zip by to a collaged soundtrack of voices and musical fragments. 

"Pure delight!” -Melinda Ward, Walker Art Center

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko.

 

Awards:  
New York Independent Filmmakers Expo: First Place (USA)
Motion Picture Sound Editors: Golden Reel Award (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Place (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Choice Award (USA)
Baltimore Film Festival: Second Place (USA)

Festivals: 

Telluride Film Festival
Hiroshima International Animation Festival
Canadian International Animation Festival 
Aspen Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Walker Art Center (USA)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (USA)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Rumpy Pumpy (2013, 01:47, 2D computer animation, HD digital file, 16:9)

A ballet of private parts, in all their glorious combinations.

 

Credits: Directed, animated and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound effects and mix by Seth Norman. Music by Richard Strauss, courtesy of emp3world. Assistant Animation by Rachel Bradley.

 

Festivals:
Hump Festival (Seattle, WA, Olympia, WA & ­Portland, OR, USA) 2012
San Diego Comic-Con International (CA, USA) 7-2013

Touring Programs:
Best of Hump Festival Tour (USA) 2014

Best of Hump Festival Tour (USA and Canada) 2017-18

Screenings:
Annecy Animation Festival: Best of Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted (France) 6-14 
Boathouse Microcinema (Portland, OR) 3-8-17


She-Bop (1989, 8 min., 16mm, drawings on index cards and puppet animation)

She-Bop is about power, rage and seizing control of your life.  The star of the film in the film is cartoon Kali, the great destroyer/creator goddess. She-Bop combines drawings on index cards and puppets, abstraction and character animation. It is based on a poem by Carolyn Myers, performed by jazz singer Carolyn Lochert Curtis.

“An ode to the Goddess and female power, set to a poem by writer and performer Carolyn Myers.” –Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times

 

Credits: Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound and music designed and produced by Dave Storrs. Written by Carolyn Myers. Narration by Carolyn Lochert Curtis. Sound effects by R. Dennis Wiancko.

 

Awards: 
National Independent Film and Video Competition: Grand Prix (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Choice Award (USA)
San Francisco International Film Festival: Special Jury Award (USA)
National Educational Film Festival: Special Merit Award (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Prize (USA)
Sinking Creek Film Festival: Cash Award Winner (USA)
Cinanima International Animation Festival: Honorable Mention (Portugal)

Festivals:
Annecy International Animation Festival (France)
Denver Film Festival (USA)
Montana Film Festival (USA)
Chicago International Film and Video Festival (USA)
Odense International Film Festival (Denmark)

Touring Programs:
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (India)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Split Ends (2013, 03:33, HD digital file, DVD, 16:9, stereo and 5.1, 2D computer animation)

The luscious colors and delicate lines of Split Ends playfully construct animated full field patterns and reference ornamental designs of the industrial era. Without relying on pop culture reference points, some patterns stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption. Split Ends is the second film in an abstract trilogy that began with Eye Liner.

 

Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Compositing and design by Brian Kinkley. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

 

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: Third Prize, Director’s Choice Award (USA)
USA Film Festival: Finalist
Monstra Animated Film Festival: Best of World - Short Films (Portugal)
ASIFA-SF Spring Show: Second Prize (USA)

Festivals:
Annecy International Animation Festival (France) 
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil)
Tel Aviv Animation Festival (Israel)
Portland International Film Festival (USA)
Dawson City Short Film Festival (Canada) 
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
London International Animation Festival (UK)
AnimaEst International Animation Festival (Romania) 
Northwest Filmmakers Festival (USA)
Wizard World Film Festival (USA)
POW Festival (USA)
We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (USA)
Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival (Austria)
Washington, DC International Film Festival (USA)
Eastern Oregon Film Festival (La Grande, OR)

Touring Programs:
Anima Mundi on the Road (Brazil) 2013-14
Black Maria Film Festival Tour (USA) 2014
Monstra Animated Film Festival Touring Program (Portugal) 2014-15
Northwest Filmmakers Festival Tour (USA) 2014-15

Screenings:
Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 1-28-12
Hollywood Theater: A Place Called Home (Portland, OR) 4-29-12
Sisters Movie House Retrospective (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13
Women In Film (Portland, OR) 7-1-13
Best New American Independent Animation (three screenings):
American Cultural Center (Shanghai University, China) 2-24-14 
American Cultural Center (Hangzhou, China) 2-25-14 
American Cultural Center (Nanjing, China) 2-27-14
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 8-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Josephy Center (Joseph, OR) 2-22-14
Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub (Pendleton, OR) 2-23-14
Roxy Theater (Missoula, MT)  3-6-14
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art (Great Falls, MT) 3-7-14
Treefort Film & Music Festival (Boise, ID) 3/19/14
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 4-17+19-14
Ross Ragland Theater (Klamath Falls, OR) 4-24-14 
Pickford Theater (Bellingham, WA) 7-13-14
Bay City Arts Association (Bay City, OR) 7-19-14
Beaverton City Library (Beaverton, OR) 9-18-14
Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR) 9-27-14
Astoria Film Festival (Astoria, OR) 10-18-14
Hoffman Center (Manzanita, OR) 1-23-15
Skagway Arts Council (Skagway, AK) 2-22-15
Billings Public Library (Billings, MT) 5-30-15
Vancouver Public Library (Vancouver, WA) 10-6-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Animation by Design, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) 4-22-16 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17
Boathouse Microcinema (Portland, OR) 3-8-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Streetcar Named Perspire (2007, 06:23, BetaSP and DVD, 1.85:1, stereo, 2D computer animation)

Streetcar Named Perspire is a roller coaster ride through the hot flashes, mood swings, depression, pimples, facial hair, rage, menstrual flooding, insomnia, memory lapse, rapid heartbeat and brain fog of one of life’s great transitions. 

Streetcar Named Perspire is an animated work by a noted artist who quite literally tracks the highs and lows of dealing with the onset of menopause as the heroine careens through hot spells, fluctuating libido, night sweats and self acceptance. Serving both as a primer in what to expect from the process and a witty yet gentle satire of the educational video, Streetcar Named Perspire finds the humor in a trying and universal experience.” –Black Maria Film Festival

 

“Priestley’s animated roller coaster ride through menopause both previews and celebrates- depending on your age- one of life’s most thrill-filled experiences.” -Heike Kuehn, Northwest Film and Video Festival Judge

 

Credits: Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker. Music composed by John Smith. Animation by Pascal Campion and Joanna Priestley. Written by Joanna Priestley and Victoria Parker Pohl. Editing by Michael Corrigan and Joanna Priestley. Narrator: Paul Harrod. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Special thanks to the MacDowell Colony.

 

Awards:
Black Maria Film Festival: Third Prize, Director’s Choice Award (USA)
Kalamazoo Animation Festival International: Finalist (USA)

Festivals:
London International Animation Festival
Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)
China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival (
Changzhou, China)
AniFest (Czech Republic) 
Animadrid (Spain) 
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (Korea) 
Dallas Video Festival (USA) 
Exeter International Film Festival (UK) 
Big Muddy Film Festival (USA) 
Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA) 
Festival Bimini (Latvia) 
Tricky Women Film Festival (Vienna, Austria) 
Portland International Film Festival (USA) 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA) 
Portland Women’s Film Festival (USA) 
Three Rivers Film Festival (USA)
Womanimation! Film Festival (USA)
Cinanima (Portugal) 
Tacoma Film Festival (USA) 
World of Women Film Festival (Australia) 
Michigan Womyns Film Festival (USA)

VisuElles Film Festival (Ottawa, Canada) 10-14-18

Screenings:
International Showcase, Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
International Society for Menstrual Research (Spokane, WA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
Best of Tricky Women, Femme Fest Moscow (Russia) 11-18-12 
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14 
"Body Images," Evangelische Akademie Wien (Austria) 9-14
POW Film Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 3-9-14
The Unmentionables Film Festival (New York, NY) 6-10-15 
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

dotdotdot Open Air Kurzfilmfestival (Vienna, Austria) 7-3 to 8-24-18

"Secret Desire – Issues of Gender & Sexuality", Indie-AniFest (Seoul, South Korea) 9-15-18

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19


Surface Dive (2000, 7.5 minutes, 1.85:1 sound: Dolby Digital)

Surface Dive is an abstract animated film inspired by a snorkeling adventure in a freshwater cenote in the Yucatan, Mexico.  It combines three layers of artwork, molded replacement sculptures, glass pieces and pastel drawings on paper.  Each layer is animated separately and shot on a multi-level stand.  “More than 600 sculptures, 200 glass pieces and 2200 drawings combine to fashion a work of dazzling detail and complexity.” -Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker and Drew Canulette. Director of photography: David Trappe. Edited by David Massachi. Camera: Emily Halderman and Joanna Priestley.  Sculpture assistants: Catherine Dunn and Danh Nguyen. Multi-plane rig: Charles Rehwalt. Flame compositor: Phil Guzzo. A project of Creative Capital.

 

Awards:
Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival: First Place Award for Expression (Korea)
World Animation Celebratio: Best Experimental Film (Los Angeles, USA)
Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Citation Award (USA)
Culture2Culture Tricky Women Festival: City of Vienna Prize (Vienna, Austria)

Festivals:  
Sundance Film Festival (USA)
Taos Talking Picture Festival (USA)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil)
I Castelli Animati Animation Festival (Italy)
Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal)
Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany) 
Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA)
Nordic and Baltic Animation Festival (Norway)
Big Muddy Film Festival (USA)
Dallas Video Festival (USA)
Animated Encounters: Bristol International Animation Festival (UK)
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)
ANIMAC International Animation Festival (Spain)
James River Film Festival (USA)
Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA)
Filme Im Schloss: Weisbaden Animation Festival (Germany)
Enzimi Festival (Rome, Italy)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Architecture and Animation (Barcelona, Spain)
Northwest Film and Video Festival Tour (USA)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, USA)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

 
Times Square (1986, 4 min., 16mm, 2D computer animation) Not Released

Times Square is an abstract meditation on urban shapes and sounds. It was created at California Institute of the Arts where co-directors Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley were in the first computer animation class at Cal Arts (1984-85), taught by Vibeke Sorensen. They used a Cubicomp with a Compaq PC (8 MB RAM, 40 MB hard drive) and Lumena, Easel and PC-10 software. Images were shot onto 16mm film from the the computer monitor, using a tripod mounted Bolex camera. Engel and Priestley were in the first computer animation class at Cal Arts (1984-85), taught by Vibeke Sorensen.  

“As blocks of color click into place and march across the screen, there is a clear sense of masses of people moving among tall buildings and subway trains arriving and departing.”  -St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Jules Engel and Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko.


Utopia Parkway (1997, 5 minutes, drawings on paper, sculptures and glass, 35 mm and DVD)

Utopia Parkway is an experimental exploration of compartments, containers and boxes that was inspired by the sculptures of Joseph Cornell, who lived on Utopia Parkway (Queens, NY) nearly all of his life. The animation was made with drawings on index cards, 122 replacement sculptures (made with Magi Sculpt and acrylic paint), wooden boxes, cigar boxes, glass bottles and seashells.

“Joanna Priestley’s Utopia Parkway explores new techniques, including animating 3D forms made out of what looks like glazed clay.  The objects were sculpted to form a series that have smooth transitions from one shape to another.  The work is technically brilliant and her use of new materials is quite inventive.”  -Karl Cohen, ASIFA-SF Journal

"The works I found most compelling not only had an intellectual and emotional resonance beyond their construction, they also stood somewhere outside the traditional narrative. Utopia Parkway was especially a pleasure to watch." -Rachel Rosen, Northwest Film and Video Festival

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley.  Sound design and music by Jaime Haggerty. Art Director: Paul Harrod. Directors of Photography: Charles Rehwalt and David Trappe.  Edited by Chris Willging and Joanna Priestley. Sculpture sequences: Chris Bourdette, Barry Bruce, Chuck Duke, Joan Gratz, Mark Gustavson, Theresa Drilling, Jean Poulot and Joanna Priestley.  Supported by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. Special thanks to the MacDowell Colony.

 

Awards:
San Francisco International Film Festival: Golden Gate Award (USA)
Big Muddy Film Festival:  Best of Festival (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival:  Judge’s Award (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival (USA):  Director’s Choice Award (USA)
U.S.A. Film Festival- Finalist

Festivals:
Fantoche International Festival for Animated Films- Best of the World Program (Switzerland)
I Castelli Animati (Italy) 
Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films (Croatia) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 
Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal) 
Oslo Animation Festival (Norway) 
Annecy International Animation Festival (France) 
Ecofilm International Festival of Environmental Films (France) 
Intercom: International Festival of Films of the Environment (France) 
The World Animation Celebration (Los Angeles) 
Mill Valley Film Festival (California) 
Leipzig Documentary and Animation Film Festival (Germany) 
Interfilm Berlin Festival (Germany)
Schlondorf International Film Festival (Austria)
ANIMAC (Spain) 
Matita Film Festival (Italy) 
Malaysia Video Awards (Malaysia) 
Dallas Video Festival (Texas) 
Taos Talking Picture Festival (New Mexico) 
Vital International Animation Festival (UK) 
Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (USA)

Screenings:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (USA)
Architecture and Animation (Barcelona, Spain)
The Sundance Channel (USA)
Southwestern Alternative Media Arts Project (USA)
Television Suisse Romande (Switzerland)
American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, USA)
REDCAT Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Walker Art Center (USA)
Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR) 2-21-13
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14
Cinema Pacific Fringe Festival (Eugene, OR) 4-2-15
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

Voices (1985, 4 minutes, drawings on paper, 16mm, BetaSP, DVD)

A light-hearted exploration of fear of the dark, of old age, of obesity, of monsters and of global destruction.

"Priestley gets across a series of personal phobias in a refreshing and humorous fashion. We get a superb, contemporary animated film with salutes to historical cartoon figures scattered throughout. Delightful!” -Marv Newland, NW Film and Video Festival Juror.

“Priestley’s film shows great joy and delight in being alive.  It’s a message with style.” -Ed Emshwiller

 

Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko. Narrated by Joanna Priestley.

 

Awards:
National Independent Film Competition: First Place (USA)
National Educational Film Festival: First Place (USA)

Odense International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (Denmark)
Algarve Cinema Festival: Best Animated Film (Portugal) 
Tel Aviv International Film Festival: First Place (USA)
Big Muddy Film Festival: Best of Festival (USA)
Canadian International Animation Festival: Special Merit Award (USA)
Northwest Film and Video Festival: Best of Festival (USA)
CINE Competition: Gold Eagle Award (USA)
Chicago International Film Festival: Bronze Hugo Award (USA)
U.S.A. Film Festival: Finalist
Sinking Creek Film Festival: Cash Award Winner (USA)

Festivals:
Telluride Film Festival (USA) 
Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan) 
Zagreb International Animation Festival (Croatia) 
Hong Kong International Film Festival (China) 
Los Angeles International Animation Celebration (USA)
Denver International Film Festival (USA) 
Olympia Film Festival (USA) 
Black Maria Film Festival (USA) 
Stuttgart International Animation Festival
Films des Femmes: Festival International de Créteil (France) 
San Francisco International Film Festival
Montreal International Women’s Film Festival
New York Filmmaker’s Expo
Bumbershoot Film Festival (USA) 
Flaherty Film Seminar (USA) 
Womanimation! Film Festival (USA)

Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow, Russia) 

Touring Programs:
The Festival of Animation (USA)
Black Maria Film Festival Tour (USA)
Northwest Film Festival Tour (USA)

Screenings:
New Directors Series: Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India)
Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)
Women’s Eye View Film Festival (USA)
Cinemateca Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
POW Festival Retrospective (Portland, OR) 3-9-14
Art Education Conference (Kutztown, PA) 11-20-15
Tricky Women Animation Festival (Vienna, Austria) 3-3-16
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) 5-3-17
British Film Institute (London, UK) 5-13-17
Nach der Angst/Post Fear, DOK-Film (Leipzig, Germany) 11-2-17

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

Independent Frames - Lightbox Film Center ((International House, Philadelphia, PA) 1-20-18

The Mini Microcinema (Cincinnati, OH) 3-15-18

Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow, Russia) 10-18

Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-3-19

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD) 10-18-19

 

xo1 (2011, 00:18, 2-D computer animation, HD digital file)

xo1 juxtaposes abstract motifs inspired by tribal tattoos juxtaposed with ordinary still life objects: bowl, bottle, teapost and flower in a vase. xo1 was an experiment that was exhibited in BIOSHIFT - Elemental Designs for a Malleable World at ­the Peephole Cinema (San Francisco, CA), 24 hours a day, seven days a week from March 28 to May 22, 2016.

 

Credit: By Joanna Priestley.

Screenings:

Trailblazing Women of Animation: Joanna Priestley (Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum) 12-6-17

BIOSHIFT, Peephole Cinema (San Francisco, CA) 3-28-16 to 5-22-16

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