The world premiere of my film “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” will be at the ASIFA-SF 2nd Annual Spring Show.
When: SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 1:30 PM
Where: Randall Jr. Museums’ Theatre, San Francisco.
free, public invited, lots of free parking
(from the ASIFA-SF website)
The San Francisco chapter of ASIFA began after Prescott Wright traveled to the Annecy Festival in 1973. At first, there were hurdles to overcome, as the founding French chapter insisted that ASIFA chapters could only be organized on a national (not regional) basis, and ASIFA-Hollywood (formed in 1962) was the organization that the international body recognized. But with support from the local animation community the San Francisco Animation Association was begun.
Informal meetings were held at Imagination Inc. (virtually the only game in town for professional animation at that time), followed by open membership meetings at the Canadian Consulate’s screening room. As the word spread, many amateur animators and enthusiasts joined the organization.
Eventually, our formal ASIFA-SF Charter was drafted in 1983, with Prescott Wright as Founding President, and Jeff Hale, Margaret Hale, Geraldine (Frerks) Clarke and Rudy Zamora Jr. as the Board of Directors.
Over the years, ASIFA-SF has formed its own, unique personality (like that of the Bay Area) with a committment to personal vision and artistic expression thru animation.
Our current president is Karl Cohen, who has served continuously since 1992. An instructor at S. F. State University (in Animation History), Karl writes and edits the ASIFA-SF newsletter which is beloved around the world as a comprehensive source for animation news and opinions. Informal elections are held in January of every year.
ASIFA-SF gathers over 300 professionals, students and aficianados who share, create and promote the art of animation here and around trhe world. Members enjoy screenings, lectures and other events year ’round. If you’ve read this far, shouldn’t you be a member too?
Cellular Circuitry will be featured at Festival Anca in Zilina, Slovakia, June 27-30, 2013
The International animation festival Fest Anča was first mentioned back in 2008 and since the start it has been located in what used to be an ancient settlement and currently is an industrial regional city called Žilina, lying on the North-West of Slovakia. Since the very beginning, the event is connected with the cultural centre Stanica Žilina-Záriečie and is being carried out during the extended weekend after the summer solstice. The festival, tagged as hot and cool at the same time doesn’t spread out red carpets, however the festival’s archives are full of interesting international guests. Cautiously selected short animated films from all around the world compete for the precious trophys: Anča Award, Anča Music Video Award and Anča Student Award.
The top animated films, side by side with antiquarian, foreign and ever interesting animated bitts and pieces are brought to Slovakia thanks to Fest Anča. The program is also devoted to lectures, workshops, discussions with film directors, concerts and exhibitions.
This multimedia festival, since its start has been way ahead from just showing films, it brings inspiration from other media, such as visual arts, VJ-ing, computer games, puppet theatre, internet applications, mapping, new media et cetera. That is what makes the festival famous behind the borders of Slovakia, which is attested by the partnership with European organisation Cartoon in organising the Cartoon East Award, or by Fest Anča’s membership within the coalition of Eastern European festivals.
Another speciality, which makes the festival irresistible to visit personally is the informal atmosphere in the open-air space, camping area right next to the festival happening and designer market stalls.
Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.
PRESENTING – SIGGRAPH 2013 Anaheim, CA | Info TBA
I just uploaded the full version of my film “Cellular Circuitry” to Vimeo. Please watch, enjoy, and share
“Cellular Circuitry” is a stream of digital sculptures and soundscapes that dynamically transmute between organic and circuit-like motifs. It is a reflection of artificial versus natural systems animated in such a way to show that they are intimately connected to one another. My goal was to closely link the visual changes on screen with a mix of natural and digitally sourced sounds. Some sounds are meditative and inviting while others are edgy and alien. They are an audial parallel of what the viewer is seeing and changes in sync with the morphing visual forms they represent.
CELLULAR CIRCUITRY AWARDS
EXCELLENCE IN EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION – ASIFA-San Francisco Inaugural Spring Festival
DIRECTOR’S CHOICE – 32nd Annual Black Maria Film Festival | USA tour, Rome, Italy | 2013
Anima Mundi 2012 | Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo | South America | 2012
Animasyros 5.0 | Hermoupolis, Syros | Greece | 2012
Selected screening/Presentation – Cine Toro 2012 | Toro, Colombia, South America | 2012
Savannah International Film Festival | Savannah, GA | 2013 | INFO TBA
San Jose Short Film Festival | San Jose, CA | 2012
screening/Installation – Currents 2012 | Santa Fe, NM | 2012
Northwest Animation Festival | Portland, OR | 2012
SoCal Film Festival | Huntington Beach, CA | 2012
Athens Animation Festival | Athens, NY | 2012
Wheaton Beard and Weil Galleries | Wheaton College, MA | 2012
Detroit Windsor International Film Festival | Detroit, MI | 2012
screening/Installation – Visionfest | Brooklyn, NY | 2012
ASIFA San Francisco Spring Show | San Francisco, CA | 2012
Woods Hole Film Festival | Woods Hole, MA | 2012
SoDak Animation Festival | Brookings, SD | 2012
Fresh Off The Grill Fest | Detroit, MI | 2012