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Venus Twist ia a collection of six award winning films by the "Queen of independent animation" that all are audience favorites. Topics include humor, goddesses, candy, dealing with fear, aging and a hilltop village in southern Spain. Also includes two bonus features: yoga animation in the Cascadia forest and a documentary about how the films were made with a tour of Priestley's studio. Video: Standard 1.33:1 Color Audio: English: Stereo, Dolby Digital
"Packed with high-quality transfers and fun bonus features, her unique animated films are full of compelling themes dealing with gender, love, aging, human rights and candy!" -Jerry Beck, Cartoon Brew
- She-Bop 8 min.
"An ode to female power, She-Bop is about seizing control of your life. It is set to a wonderful poem by writer/performer Carolyn Myers.”–Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times
Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music and sound by Dave Storrs. Written and narrated by Carolyn Lochert Curtis.
Selected Awards/Festivals: National Independent Film and Video Competition (USA): Grand Prix, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Choice Award, San Francisco International Film Festival (USA): Special Jury Award, National Educational Film Festival (USA): Special Merit Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): First Prize, Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA): Cash Award.
- Streetcar Named Perspire 6.5 min.
A wild roller coaster journey through the mood swings and brain fog of one of life’s great transitions.
Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker. Music composed by John Smith.
Selected Awards/Festivals: Black Maria Film Festival: Third Prize, Director’s Choice Award, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (USA): Finalist, London International Animation Festival, Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia), Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany), China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival, AniFest (Czech Republic).
- Grown Up 7 min.
“Priestley does a brilliant job of reclaiming 40. An animation that just might make twenty-somethings wish they were older.” –B. Ruby Rich
Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound produced by Lance Limbocker. Written by Barbara Carnegie and Joanna Priestley. Music by Steve Christopherson and Warren Rand.
Selected Awards/Festivals: New York Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival (USA, Premiere), Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): First Prize, Marin County Film Festival (USA): First Prize, Worldfest Houston (USA): Gold Award, Black Maria Film and Video Festival (USA): Director’s Citation Award, Worldfest Charleston (USA): Gold Award, Columbus Intl. Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention.
- Voices 4 min.
“Priestley gets across a series of personal phobias in a refreshing and humorous fashion. Superb, contemporary film!” -Marv Newland
Film by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko.
Selected Awards/Festivals: National Independent Film Competition: First Place (USA), National Educational Film Festival: First Place (USA), Algarve Cinema Festival: Best Animated Film (Portugal), Chicago International Film Festival: Bronze Hugo Award (USA), Tel Aviv International Film Festival: First Place (Israel), Big Muddy Film Festival: Best of Festival (USA), Film Society of Lincoln Center: New Directors Series (USA).
- Andaluz 5.5 min.
”This new animated tribute to southern Spain is just six minutes long, but the tale spans centuries.” -Cheryl Synapsis, Boston Globe Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Karen Aqua. Music composed and produced by Ken Field and Juanito Pascual. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker.
Selected Awards/Festivals: Black Maria Film & Video Festival: Director's Choice Award, ASIFA-East Animation Awards: Excellence in Experimental Techniques, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International: Gold Prize, USA Film Festival: Finalist, ASIFA-San Francisco Animation Awards: Second Prize, Bimini International Animated Film Festival, Latvia: Special Jury Diploma, New England Film & Video Festival: Jury Award Best Indie Animation.
- Candyjam 7 min.
Exploring the whimsy and color of confection with a collaboration by ten talented artists from four countries. Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz. Music designed and produced by Dave Storrs.
Selected Awards/Festivals: 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, Zagreb International Animation Festival (Croatia).
- Bonus Film: Kali Yuga 5 min.
Pixillation of a yogi in the Cascadia forest with a ballet of C clamps, nails and screws. Film by Joanna Priestley. Yoga performance by Diane Wilson. Music by Joseph Waters. Performed by Fear No Music.
- Bonus Film: Amazons & Ingenues 12 min.
A short documentary that includes a tour of Joanna Priestley’s studio and a behind-the-scenes look at how Voices, She-Bop and Grown Up were made.
Venus Twist DVD
"Joanna Priestley is one of the most interesting and adept personal animators and filmmakers. I have enjoyed her work for years. You have to see this." -Gus Van Sant