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Escape Velocity is a collection of Priestley’s award winning films that includes her funniest film (Missed Aches), a tribute to the outcast planet of the Solar System (Dear Pluto) and Pro and Con, a rare animated documentary about prison that was co-directed by Oscar winner Joan Gratz. Also includes four of Priestley’s inventive and intriguing abstract films. Video: Standard 1.33:1 Color Audio: English: Stereo, Dolby Digital.

 

"In Joanna Priestley's beautiful films, each frame is alive with invention, possibility and delight." -Richard Peña, Program Director Film Society of Lincoln Center 

 

  • Dear Pluto  4 min.

An amusing tribute to everyone’s favorite planetoid. Written and narrated by popular slam poet Taylor Mali.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound by Lance Limbocker and Seth Norman. Music by Lance Limbocker.  

             

Selected Awards/Festivals: 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), Interfilm International Short Film Festival (Germany), Visible Verse Festival (Canada), Portland International Film Festival (USA), Dawson City Short Film Festival (Canada), Gig Harbor Film Festival (USA), Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Lithuania).

 

  • Missed Aches  4 min.

A witty commentary on ignorance, idiocy and our over-reliance on spell check. Written and narrated by popular slam poet Taylor Mali.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound design by Normand Roger and Pierre Yves Drapeau. Music by Pierre Yves Drapeau with Denis Chartrand and Normand Roger.

 

Selected Awards/Festivals: Black Maria Film Festival (USA): First Prize (Jury Award), USA Film Festival: Finalist, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Canada), Melbourne Intl. Animation Festival (Australia), AniMadrid Animation Festival (Spain), Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival (Canada), Barcelona Festival of Independent Cinema (Spain), Ann Arbor Film Festival + Tour (USA), Annecy Intl. Animation Festival (France), Tricky Women Festival (Austria), Vienna Independent Short Film Festival (Austria).

 

  • Split Ends 3.5 min.

The luscious colors and delicate lines of Split Ends playfully construct animated full field patterns and reference ornamental designs of the industrial era.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Compositing and design by Brian Kinkley.

 

Selected Awards/Festivals: Black Maria Film Festival: Third Prize, Director’s Choice Award (USA), USA Film Festival: Finalist, Monstra Animated Film Festival: Best of World (Portugal), ASIFA-SF Spring Show: Second Prize (USA), Annecy International Animation Festival (France), Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival (Canada), Anima Mundi Intl. Animation Festival (Brasil), Tel Aviv Animation Festival (Israel), Dawson City Short Film Festival (Canada), Melbourne Intl. Animation Festival (Australia), London Intl. Animation Festival (UK).

 

  • Utopia Parkway 5 min. 

A mysterious film about covert forces and mysterious container that was inspired by the boxes of Joseph Cornell. “The work is technically brilliant and quite inventive.” -Karl Cohen, ASIFA-SF Journal

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound design and music by Jamie Haggerty.

 

Selected Awards/Festivals: San Francisco Intl. Film Festival (USA): Golden Gate Award, Big Muddy Film Festival (USA): Best of Festival, NW Film and Video Festival (USA): Judge’s Award, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Choice Award, U.S.A. Film Festival: Finalist, Fantoche International Festival for Animated Films: Best of the World (Switzerland), Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films (Croatia), Hiroshima Intl. Animation Festival (Japan), Stuttgart Intl. Animation Festival (Germany), Annecy Intl. Animation Fest (France).

 

  • Eye Liner 4 min. 

With luminescent layers of organic abstract animation, Eye Liner delves beneath archetypes of the human face. Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman.

 

Selected Awards/Festivals: USA Film Festival: First Prize, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Second Prize, 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).

 

  • Dew Line 4.5 min.

"A tour through the cycle of life and death as cells split apart, regenerate and dance a microbiological twist.” -Sam Green, San Francisco University

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound and editing by Jamie Haggerty.

 

SelectedAwards/ Festivals: Big Muddy Film Festival: First Prize, Animated Worlds Tour and DVD (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, Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brazil), Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (South Korea), Prix Ars Electronica (Germany), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Melbourne Anim. Fest. (Australia).

 

  • Pro & Con  4 min.  

“A rare animated work with a social conscience that explores people on both sides of the bars in America’s prison system.” –Brian Libby, Willamette Week

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.

 

Selected Awards/Festivals: Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Choice Award, Cindy Competition (USA): Gold Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, Worldfest Charleston (USA): Gold Award, Birmingham Educational Film Festival (USA): First Prize, Columbus Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, CINE Competition (USA): Gold Eagle Award, Bombay Intl. Film Festival (India), Annecy Intl. Animation Festival (France), Holland Animation Festival (Netherlands), Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA). 

 

  • Bonus Film: Extended Play 4 min.  

An immersion in play and childhood games. Created for a two projector, “L” shaped, outdoor installation at the Platform Animation Festival and adapted for DVD.

(39 min.)

Escape Velocity DVD

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  • "I whole-heartedly recommend picking up Priestley’s anthology." -Greg Singer, Animation Magazine

     

    "She tackles the cosmic questions with humor." Ted Mahar, The Oregonian

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