Cosmic Flower Unfolding at SUNDANCE!

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My film “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” will be showcased at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. You can find it playing at the Sundance Lounge as part of the Experimental Animation exhibit.
The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, is an American film festival that takes place annually in Utah. With 46,731 attendees in 2012, it is the largest independent film festival in the United States.

Just remember, “If you can’t make it to Sundance by walking down the red carpet, there’s always the back door”
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Thanks to Wildlife and Sundance for including me in the exhibit!

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Fest Anca, Žilina, Slova

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My film “Inner Space Artifacts” has been selected to screen at Fest Anca

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, Anča Student Award, Anča Kids’Award, Anča D 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.

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Currents New Media Festival

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This year my film “Inner Space Artifacts” will be playing at the Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM, June 12-18

About the festival-

Parallel Studios

Parallel Studios ( a 501(c)(3) non-profit ) has been producing, curating and designing small and large scale currents video exhibitions in Santa Fe since 2002. In 2010 we launched CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival as an annual, citywide event. The Festival brings together the work of established, unrecognized and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the world, for events showcasing interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances, single channel video, animation, digital dome programs, experimental documentary,web based/app art forms, architectural mapping, the oculus rift, robotics and 3D printing. Parallel Studios reaches out to local high and middle school students through its Youth Media Makers Program. All events and programs are free.

While New Media Arts embody the basic motivations and intentions of all the fine arts, their distinctive use of technologies that are pervasive in 21st Century culture, make New Media Art a bridge between contemporary art and the general public. The Festival introduces the public to new technology molded by artists into vehicles for expression and the communication of ideas, broadening the definition of 21st century art making and fostering a more expansive use of technology.

CURRENTS provides the community with opportunities to experience New Media Arts in traditional venues, public and outdoor spaces. 5000 visitors attended festival events in 2013. The Festival is enjoyed by a broad demographic – children spinning through the galleries reveling in interactive New Media – seniors contemplating image and meaning – working class families – and savvy collectors.

The Festival is the result of a collaboration between Parallel Studios, its partners throughout he city and the many volunteers who invest their time to support this project. It is truly a community endeavor.

Mission Goals

To present the work of emerging and established video and new media artists  through its Currents exhibitions.

To foster an international exchange of this art form by inviting foreign artists to present work at our exhibits and by establishing international connections in order to present the work of U.S. artists abroad.

To give the community at large the chance to experience the latest in the video arts in a open and non-intimidating environment and to provide docent tours to expand the general public’s understanding of the medium. We have always made it a principle that our exhibits are free to the public so as not to discourage those unfamiliar with this form from visiting the exhibitions. We are committed to a non-discriminatory and inclusive approach to community involvement. To this end Parallel Studios designs group installations that offer the public an intriguing invitation to new media. Though our exhibit designs are first and foremost grounded in service to beauty and excellence we also create and design with exploration, playfulness and accessibility in mind. Our exhibits present a diversity of staging formats and aesthetic concerns – installational, site specific, projected and interactive video – all unified by the artists’ overarching commitment to an unbridled approach to what defines the world of new media.

To create an environment for the participating artists that is conducive to the sharing of information and experience. Selected artists present lectures and hands on workshops which are open to artists and the public.

To engage youth in this art form by presenting their work at our exhibitions and by inviting youth groups such as the Boys and Girls Clubs to attend the exhibits. Knowledgeable docents are available to guide them through the exhibit and answer their questions.

To establish a program of video art presentations at local high schools in order to introduce students to this art form and encourage them to create work that may be presented at our exhibitions.

To recruit college and high school students to participate as interns in the mounting and maintenance of the exhibitions as a learning experience.

To organize traveling exhibitions not necessarily focused on large urban art centers but to take this new art form to smaller towns that would not normally have the opportunity to experience this type of work.

To archive and present the works of our artists on an online exhibition space.