HONORS AND AWARDS
2013 “Cellular Circuitry”
Director’s Choice Selection – 32nd Annual Black Maria Film Festival. Feb 1 – June 29. Touring festival locations include: National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Schnitzer Cinema/Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Savannah College of Art & Design, William Paterson University, The American University of Rome (Rome, Italy), The University of The Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Hoboken Historical Museum, The Newark Museum
2013 “Cosmic Flower Unfolding”
Second Place – Independent Animation: ASIFA-Spring Festival, screening at Randall Jr. Museum Theatre, June 23. San Francisco, CA
2012 “Continuum Infinitum”
Experimental Animation Award: Cine Toro 2012 | Toro & Cali, Colombia, South America
I was invited to Colombia as a visiting artist and to run a filmmaking workshop at Cine Toro. The festival is a major cultural event in Toro. It is a unique opportunity for the Toro community and surrounding cities to get exposure to avant-garde video and animation art which is otherwise unavailable to them. The workshop I held was for local high school and college students who are interested in animation and filmmaking. The films we created at the workshop were screened on the last day of the festival. I received a “toro” or bull shaped kinetic sculpture trophy for my film and for being an integral part of the festival.
2012 “Cellular Circuitry”
Excellence in Experimental Animation Award, ASIFA-San Francisco Inaugural Spring Festival. Screening at The Exploratorium Theater, July 29, 2012. San Francisco, California http://www.asifa-sf.org/?p=630
Aloha Accolade Award, Honolulu Film Awards. May 4, 2012. Oahu, Hawaii http://www.honolulufilmawards.com/(X(1)S(3qop40a0q5d5c5zzdywc2zzs))/Default.aspx?TabId=481&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
2011 “Ad Infinitum”
Royal Reel Award. Canada International Film Festival, Animation Competition. April 2-3, 2011. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The highly esteemed Canada International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in Canada. It is a highly competitive festival that gets thousands of entries every year. I received the Royal Reel Award trophy from this competition.
2011 “Ad Infinitum”
2011 “Ad Infinitum”
Honorable Mention Award – Experimental Category, Los Angeles Reel Film Festival
Los angeles, CA, July 17, 2011 http://www.lareelfilmfest.com/2011_Winners.html
2010 “Ad Infinitum”
Seahorse Award – Moondance International Film Festival, Animation Films category. September 2010. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com/02_festival.winners_10.html
The Moondance International Film Festival, popularly known as the “American Cannes”, is one of the premier venues for the exhibition and promotion of feature and short films in the US, and one of the leading indie film festivals in the world. Dedicated to celebrating and sharing with international audiences the absolute best in the world of films and screenplays, film scores, and some 25 other genres, the festival features special presentations, retrospectives, workshops, pitch panels, a gala awards reception and ceremony, and many of the world’s top indie film screenings.
1998 “Olive Shower”
1996 “Olive Shower”
MTV Student Award for Excellence in Animation University of the Arts,Philadelphia, PA
EXHIBITIONS | INTERNATIONAL
2013 “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” Selected screening: CINETORO FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 88-14, 2013, Toro, Roldanillo ( Rayo Museum ) and Carthage ( Santiago Square ) Norte del Valle del Cauca – Colombia, South America
CINETORO FILM FESTIVAL is an international festival of film and media arts that encourages experimentation in all aspects of film production, developing new images of the world, ways of creating new audiences, and promoting cultural exchange and ideas through various educational activities involving people of all ages and nationalities.
2013 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Fest Anca Animation Festival. June 27-30, Zilina, Slovakia
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Anima Mundi International Animation Festival.
June 13-22,July 25-29, 2012, Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo, Brazil
Anima Mundi is the International Animation Festival of Brazil and has been the biggest Animation event in Latin America since 1993. It is a festival that aims to inform, train, educate and entertain by using the infinite possibilities of the language of animation. Besides the annual festival every July in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Anima Mundi promotes a series of activities throughout the year, such as editorial and educational activities, itinerant venues and many more. http://www.animamundi.com.br/en/festival/information/selected-films:565.html
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Animasyros International Animation Festival, Sept 20-23, 2012, Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece
2012 “Ad Infinitum” “Triboluminescence” “Cellular Circuitry” & “Continuum Infinitum”
Selected screening: Cine Toro, October 31-Nov 5, 2012, Toro-Valle Del Cauca, Columbia
2012 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Byron Bay Film
Festival. March 2-11, 2012, Byron Bay, Australia
The Byron Bay Film Festival is an independent awards-based film event held in the late Australian summer at the Byron Community & Cultural Centre, in the coastal town of Byron Bay. This international festival is both a filmmaker festival with masterclasses, workshops and networking events for film industry professionals and a community cultural event. It celebrates diversity and creativity, selecting authentic, progressive and inspiring films that represent the broad cross-section of interests and issues in its community, including the environment and social justice issues.
2012 “Continuum Infinitum” Aired on Fuji TV Network as part of Odessa no Kaiden (Odessa Stairways), a video about fractal art.
2012 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Anifest International Festival of Animated Film.
April 26-May1, 2012. Czech Republic, Teplice &Duchcov
2011 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Istanbul Animation Festival, Was That Dream? + Abstract 2.
Nov 22-27, 2011. Pera Museum. Istanbul, Turkey
2011 “Triboluminescence” and “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening/installation: Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival, Animated City.
Plaza Theatre. Nov 2-6,2011.Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
GIRAF, or the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (est 2005), is an annual animation festival that runs each November at the Globe Cinema in Calgary. GIRAF celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation, showcasing Canadian animators and presenting diverse animations from around the globe. GIRAF has showcased the award winning independent work of artists including Don Hertzfeldt, David O’Reilly, The Brothers Quay, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, Malcolm Sutherland, Koji Yamamura, Bruce Bickford, Brandon Bloomaert, Barry Doupe, Cordell Barker, Richard Reeves, Chad Van Gaalan, Mati Kutt, Jan Svankmajer, Priit Parn, Nick Fox-Gieg, Amy Lockhart, Stu Hughes, Madi Piller, and Cam Christiansen, among many others.
2011 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Fantasia
International Film Festival, Animation/Experimental category. July 23rd, 2011. Concordia Hall Theatre. Montreal, Canada.
Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival is now recognized as the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America, a leader on the genre film scene and one of the country’s most popular film festivals. With a varied programming and an emphasis on the imaginative cinema of Asia, Europe and the Americas, Fantasia’s offerings range from unique and powerful personal visions to international commercial crowd-pleasers rarely seen in North America.
2010 “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening: Fantasia International Film Festival, Animation category.
July 15, 2010. J.A. De SteveTheatre. Montreal, Canada.
2010 “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening: International Film Festival Ireland, Animation category. Sept 2010. Tipperary, Ireland.
EXHIBITIONS | NATIONAL
2013 “Ad Infinitum” Curated show: Avant-Garde Animation | Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Detroit, MI
Oct 13,17,27,Nov 16, Dec 05,22 | Detroit Film Theatre
The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, a scholar and art historian from Berlin, who was director from 1924 to 1945 . His extensive contacts in Europe, along with support from generous patrons, enabled him to acquire many important works that established the framework of today’s collections. Among the notable acquisitions during his tenure are Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.
2013 “Cosmic Flower Unfolding” World Premiere Randall Jr. Museum Theatre, San Francisco, CA, Juried show – ASIFA-Spring Festival, , June 23.
Recipient of Second Place Award – Independent Animation
2013 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Savannah International Animation Festival | Savannah, GA
2012 “Continuum Infinitum” Selected large scale projection: The Great Wall of Oakland, Nov 2, Oakland, CA http://greatwallofoakland.org/
2012 “Continuum Infinitum” Selected screening & World Premiere: Currents 2012 New Media Festival – Digital Dome display
June 22 – July 8, 2012, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
The Digital Dome is a unique space to learn about new applications for creative expression, scientific and technical exploration, and the merging of art and technology. It is also unique in the world as the only articulating dome which can move 90 degrees and be positioned in multiple locations for different viewing experiences. IAIA has joined the international fulldome consortium to link their programming and knowledge formation with others across the country and the world experimenting in new ways in this immersive environment.
2012 “Continuum Infinitum” Selected gallery installation: Digital Art LA,
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, July 7 – 12, 2012, Los Angeles, CA http://www.lacda.com/exhibits/DigitalArtLA.html
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: San Jose Short Film Festival, Oct 19-20, San Jose, CA
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Currents 2012 New Media Festival, June 22- July 8, 2012, Santa Fe, NM
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Northwest Animation Festival, May 18-19, 2012, Portland, OR
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Fresh Off the Grill Film Festival, The Main Theater, Royal Oak, MI, Nov 15, 2012
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Socal Film Festival, Sept 27-30, 2012, Huntington Beach, CA http://socalfilmfest.com/?p=571
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Athens Animation Festival, Sept 15, 2012, Athens, NY
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected gallery installation: Wheaton Beard and Weil Galleries, New England Animation All Stars
Oct 15 – Nov 20, 2012, Norton, MA
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, June 20 – 24, 2012, Detroit, MI
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Visionfest, June 20 – 24, 2012, Brooklyn, NY
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: ASIFA San Francisco Spring Show, July 29, 2012, San Francisco, CA http://www.asifa-sf.org/?p=630
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: Woods Hole International Film Festival, July 28 – August 4, 2012
2012 “Cellular Circuitry” Selected screening: SoDak Animation Festival, Oct 17 – 20, 2012
2012 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, April 14, 2012, Providence, Rhode Island
2012 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Cinequest Film Festival, Shorts Program 4: Animated Worlds
Feb 28 – March 11. Camera 12 Theatre, San Jose, CA.
Cinequest remains one of the last big festival bastions for the discovery of new and emerging film artists. Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) presents a dynamic 13-day event of 200 international films with over 600+ film artists, technologists, and professionals from 44 countries in attendance. Over 10,000 artists have attended CQFF to date.
2011 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Director’s Circle Festival of Shorts, Animation category. 2011. Erie, PA(online competition)
2011 “Triboluminescence”Selected screening: Utah Arts Festival, Fear No Film Festival, Fear no Film – ASTRONOMY
2011 “Triboluminescence”Selected screening: Detroit Windsor International Film Festival.
2011 “Triboluminescence”Selected screening: New Jersey International Film Festival. Spring 2011. Rutgers University,New Brunswick, New Jersey
2011 “Triboluminescence”Selected screening: San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Best Animated Shorts of 2011
July 7-9, 2011, San Francisco, California.
The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 that is dedicated to creating avenues for independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities to come together and exhibit their work to the widest possible audience.
2011 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Experimental Short category.
2011 “Triboluminescence”Selected screening: Black Earth Film Festival, Animation category.
2011 “Triboluminescence”Selected screening: Moondance International Film Festival, Animation Films category.
2011 “Ad Infinitum” Screening/installation: Currents 2011 June 10-19. El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2011 “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening: Puerto Rico International Film Fest, Animated Shorts. June 25, 2011 Vieques Island.
2011 “Ad Infinitum”Selected screening: Athens International Film and Video Festival. April 2011. The Athena Cinema and Stuart’s Opera House.
2011 “Triboluminescence” World premiere: Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, New England Animator’s Showcase.
May 7-8 2011. Boston, Massachusetts.
Throughout the ICA’s history it has been at the fore in identifying and supporting the most important artists of its time and bringing them to public attention. Among the artists whose work was introduced to U.S. audiences by the ICA are Cubist Georges Braque, Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka and Edvard Munch. Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Laurie Anderson, and Roy Lichtenstein were each the subject of ICA presentations early in their careers. And more recently, The ICA was pivotal in the museum exhibition careers of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Carol Rama, Vanessa Beecroft, Kara Walker, Cildo Meireles, Ellen Gallagher, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman, Bill Viola, Rachel Whiteread, Janine Antoni, and Cornelia Parker.
2011 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: HD Fest | New
2011 “Triboluminescence” Selected screening: Provincetown International Film Festival, Shorts III Animation Infiltration!!!.
2011 “Triboluminescence” Screening/installation: Visionfest
2011 “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening: Boston Underground Film Festival, Illustrated Oddities.
March 26 & 31 2011. Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA.
2011 “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening: Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) 2011 Lineup – Experimental Films
June 3-12, 2011. Brooklyn Heights Cinema, Brooklyn, New York.
2011 “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening: HD Fest | New York City, New York, Portland, Oregon.
2011 “Ad Infinitum”Selected screening: Spirit Quest Film Festival, Animated category. April 15, 2011. EdinboroUniversity, Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
2010 “Ad Infinitum” Selected work for display booth installation: Autodesk display SIGGRAPH 2010.
July 27-29. Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 “Ad Infinitum” Selected screening: San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Animated Short category. July 2,2010. RoxieTheatre, San Francisco, CA.
2010 “Ad Infinitum”Selected screening: Woods Hole International Film Festival. July 31, 2010. Woods Hole, Massachusetts
EXHIBITIONS | REVIEWS
2013 Animatoon Magazine – Featured artist “FIVE REMARKABLE ARTISTS WHO CREATE VISIONS OF WHAT ANIMATION CAN BE”
Article on innovators in the animation world who are using the art form in unconventional ways. The article focused on myself and four other artists working in digital media and stop-motion animation.
2012 Art Ltd Magazine – Review of “Continuum Infinitum”
Featured art and review: Currents 2012 New Media Festival and Digital Dome Display, June 22 – July 8, 2012, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2012 Animation Magazine Online – “Triboluminescence”
Featured art and review: Cinequest Film Festival, Shorts Program 4: Animated Worlds. Feb 28 – March 11. Camera 12 Theatre, San Jose, CA. – http://www.animationmagazine.net/events/the-scoop-on-cinequest-fest-12/
2012 CineSource Magazine
Coverage of “Cellular Circuitry” at the ASIFA-San Francisco Inaugural Spring Festival. July 29, 2012. San Francisco, California http://cinesourcemagazine.com/index.php?/site/comments/how_to_have_an_animation_fest_without_going_nuts_or_broke/
PRESENTATIONS | NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
2013 SIGGRAPH 2013 “Multi-Million Poly Cosmic Flower”
Behind the scenes presentation: SIGGRAPH Dailies, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA, July 24, 2013 A special interest group of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s first and largest computing society, ACM SIGGRAPH offers a diverse menu of programs and services for its members and the computer graphics community:
- Annual SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia conferences, two of the premier technology conferences in the world.
- An international network of Student and Professional Chapters, which host year-round activities highlighting computer graphics and interactive techniques.
- A robust Education Program that supports both computer graphics education and the use of computer graphics in education with curriculum studies, a web site for educators, and other educational projects.
- An international Digital Arts Collaborative that fosters the evolution of a strong digital arts community and promotes dialogue among visual artists, scientists, interaction designers, and more.
- Focused symposia, conferences and workshops on topics related to computer graphics and interactive techniques.
- Prestigious publications and conference proceedings in the Digital Library that provide the largest source of citations in the computer graphics literature.
- SIGGRAPH Video Review, which documents the annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, providing an unequalled opportunity to study state-of-the-art computer graphics techniques, theory, and applications.
- An Awards Program that recognizes achievements in the profession and service to the community.
- A strong volunteer program that allows members to become involved in the community and network with luminaries in the profession.
2012 CINE TORO – press conference, screening, workshop
Press conference – City Hall, Cali, Colombia
Presentation and screening – Toro, Colombia
Filmmaking workshop – Toro, Colombia
2012 ASIFA San Francisco presentation
Coppola Theater, San Francisco State University, Sept 21, 2012
Public presentation on how the animation industry is influencing experimental animators to use the latest technology and invent techniques as they explore new possibilities as to what animation can be.
2011 Communications University China – Beijing, China
Communications University China, Beijing, China, May 2011
Lecture on recent films by students and faculty at Northeastern University
2011 SIGGRAPH 2011 “How to Make a Faux Fractal”
Behind the scenes Presentation: SIGGRAPH Dailies! Vancouver Convention Center. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Aug 10, 2011 (See SIGGRAPH description above) http://www.siggraph.org/s2011/for_attendees/siggraph–dailies
2013 Published commentary – Animatoon Magazine “TWO EXCEPTIONAL ANIMATION PROGRAMS”
Article focused on why University of Southern California (USC) and The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) are two of the top film schools in the nation.
2013 Published commentary – Animatoon Magazine “SIGGRAPH 2013”
Article highlighting events from SIGGRAPH 2013 as well as firsthand accounts of the conference by educators and industry professionals.
2012 Published interview – Cine Source Online “Arriving Animators”
Interview focuses on my work and influences as well as the work of Bay Area artist, Andrew (Android) Jones.
2012 Published commentary – Animatoon Magazine “WHAT INSPIRES US TO ANIMATE?”
Article explores where inspiration comes from from an animator’s point of view. Both educators and professional animators were interviewed for the article.
JUDGE / REVIEWER
2013 JUDGE – San Francisco International Film Festival
Judging focused on the animation category at the festival.
2013 JUDGE – Northwest Animation Festival, Portland Oregon
2013 BOOK REVIEW “Force Anatomy” – Focal Press
Review for Mike Mattesi’s latest figure drawing book