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UPDATED March, 2014
Image Credit: (right) Super 8 Stills from footage shot by Amy Bench





















2014

SXSW JURY AWARD: SOME VACATION.

I animated a short fillm titled "Some vacation." for writer/director Anne S. Lewis. The film was selected to play at SXSW, and received the Jury Award for the Texas Shorts category. The film is about the director's father, a tavelling salesman, who took the family along with him as he traveled the country selling an unusual product. Edited by Kirk Hunter [Kirk-o-matic] and co-produced by Anne Goetzmann-Kelley. http://sxsw.com/film/news/2014/sxsw-film-awards-announced




ANIMATION CLASSES AT AUSTIN SCHOOL OF FILM
I'll be teaching Handmade Animation at the Austin School of film again in May. In this class students will make short handmade animations. Students will learn handmade animation techniques, including paper silhouette, hand-drawn and experimental methods. More info at the Austin School of FIlm website


2013

FOUR CORE CHAMBERS (BERKELEY CA)
I will be showing a new video called "Doctor Foster"at the Martina} {Johnston Gallery in Berkeley, CA at a heart-themed exhibition curated by Katie Anania. Opening Saturday Sept. 7th from 4-8pm. I will be in attendance. "Doctor Foster" is a three-minute long paper puppet film.



ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS
I have been selected as an Associate artist for the Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist-in-Residence program. I will have the opportunity to work with media artist, Charles Atlas, and other artists from Oct. 14th- Nov. 3rd. Thanks to Financial aid from the Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship Fund.

STOP & GO 3D COMES TO TEXAS
My film, The Museum of Touch & Feel, is touring in Europe and North America with Stop & Go 3D. http://www.stopandgoshow.com This fall the showcase will be coming to the Aurora Picture Show in Houston on Sept. 13th at 7:30pm, to Texas State in San Marcos on Tuesday Sept. 17th at 7pm, and to Women and their Work in Austin on Wed. Sept. 18th at 7pm. I will be attending the Austin screening.

NEVERMORE (CASPER WY)
I will be showing a selection of new works, dioramas and film, at the Casper College Goodstein Gallery in Casper Wyoming. The works center around a toad and his watery domestic life. Show runs August 26th- September 26th. Artist Lecture Sat. Sept. 14th at noon.




HANDMADE ANIMATION: VICTORIAN GOTHIC
I am once again teaching this animation class, at the Austin School of Film. Students will read segments of Victorian Gothic literature and make animations inspired by it. At the Austin School of Film. Starts November 5.


LIVING SPRINGS: SPIRIT WATERS
I animated a short film for Karen Kocher's Living Springs interactive documentary about Barton Springs. The piece is called Spirit Waters. The first screening will be Tuesday Aug. 20th at 8:30pm at Barton Springs (free).

STUDIO G-DCAST 2013
For the second year, I will be co-teaching an animation workshop for college students at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francsico this August. http://www.g-dcast.com/studio


LEVIATHAN VS BEHEMOTH
Here's a fun short animation I created for G-dcast, in collaboration with a group of creative young adults at a workshop called "Studio Pastrami" in San Francisco. Watch "Lox vs. Pastrami"

ARTHOUSE 5x7 FUNDRAISER

Piece for Arthouse Fundraiser. http://amoa-arthouse.org

2012

PORTUGAL: EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION | ILLUSIONARY WORLDS
I will be teaching another course in Porto, Portugal this summer. In this class students will create animated mircocosms using a variety of techniques. Application deadline is June 4th. More information on the UT Austin | Portugal colab page http://utaustinportugal.org

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
My film, Zut-Alors, played in my home state for the first time this May at the Boston LGBT film fest. Curated by Bug Davidson. http://www.mfa.org

STOP & GO 3D
My film, The Museum of Touch & Feel, is touring in Europe and North America with Stop & Go 3D. http://www.stopandgoshow.com

ARTHOUSE
My super short film, Piano Mouths, will be playing at the Austin Museum of Art/ ArtHouse in their "Liftt" space (the elevator) from June 19th- August 12th. http://amoa-arthouse.org

NMASS
I will be curating a screening of short films for the New Media and Sound Summit in Austin TX, including works by Portuguese animators, myself, and others TBA. It will be on the afternoon of Saturday June 16th. More info coming soon. http://nmassfest.org

ICHI NI SAN SHI
I've been working on a collaborative music video with the members of the band, Ichi Ni San Shi. It will screen with live music at Domy Books at 7pm on June 16th.

VALE DE CAMBRA
There will be a screening of my students' experimental animations in Vale de Cambra, on Saturday May 19th, along with some work of my own. Curated by Mário Costa. More info here.

STUDIO G-DCAST
I will be co-teaching an animation workshop for college students at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francsico this August. http://www.g-dcast.com/studio

ESPAÇO ANÉMONA
I co-curated a screening of experimental animation at Espaço Anémona in Porto, Portugal, on Jan. 26th. Included work by my students, myself, my colleague Luis Leite (Grifu) and his students.

2011

GHOSTS OF SPACES
In October I taught a 2-day experimental animation class called "Ghosts of Spaces" at the futureplaces Digital Media Festival in Porto, Portugal. Work from the class can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/groups/ghostspace

AURORA PICTURE SHOW
I went to visit the Aurora Picture show in Houston. I taught a Teen Stereoscopic Workshop on 10/15, and gave an Artist Salon called Illusionary Worlds, on 10/16.

ANIMATION MEETUP- AMANDA JONES/ STEREOSCOPY

Free Installation Art/ 3D Workshop, hosted by Jeanne with Special guest artist Amanda Jones. Amanda provided items from her "junk" collection and participants recombined them into miniature scenes which were photographed in 3D. At the Austin School of Film.

HANDMADE ANIMATION: VICTORIAN GOTHIC
I am teaching an animation class at the Austin School of Film. Students will read segments of Victorian Gothic literature and make animations inspired by it. At the Austin School of Film. Starts November 1st.

EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION: PORTUGAL
In June & July I taught a course on Experimental Animation at the University of Porto, Portugal. The program is part of the collaboration between Portugal and the University of Austin. There was a screening of student work, and animations by internationally recognized artists, on July 16th at Passos Manuel, Porto, called Art of the Moving Image. Check out the students' work on our Vimeo page.

ARTHOUSE
This spring I have had the opportunity to mentor a very talented young artist, Ashley Love, through Austin's Art House. We will be showing our work on a screen together at the Advanced Young Artists show. At Art House, opening Saturday August 6th. Details


SOMEWHERE ELSE, RIGHT HERE
I curated a show of animation and film for the Texas State Art Gallery in San Marcos Texas, called "Somewhere Else, Right Here". It runs for the entire month of June and includes work by the following artists: Laura Heit (Los Angeles, CA), Lauren Kelley (Houston, TX), Caroline Koebel (Austin, TX), Sarah Jane Lapp (Boston, MA), Ashley Love (Austin, TX), Rob Munday (London, UK), Jeanne Stern (Austin, TX)Luciana Tanure (Luluxa) (Bela Horizonte Brazil).

Link to hours & directions.

FRIENDLY BUT STARVING
Screening of works by my Austin School of Film Experimental Animation students, as well as films by the Avante Garde film class. Friday May 13th. More info here.

ANIMATION MEET-UPS
I have been hosting animation talks and gatherings in collaboration with the Austin School of Film, where I teach. These events are free and open to the public, and are intended to inspire and encourage collaboration.


3D PUPPET FILM WORKSHOP @ SXSW
I taught another 3D (stereocopic) workshop for youth at SXSW this year. This time we shot 3D puppet videos of dioramas. The dioramas were puppeteered using manets, brass fasteners, and other techniques.


SHAVUOT, ESTHER, & HONI THE CIRCLE MAKER
Three more epsiodes of G-dcast animated this winter and spring:
Princess of Persia, Honi Comes Full Circle & The Ten Commandments


2010

AVAA - AUSTIN VISUAL ARTS AWARDS
Thank you to the AVAA for nominating me for the "Best Artist of the Year (New Media)" award. Congratulations to the other finalists, Paul Beck, Tray Duncan, and Ryan Hennessee.

YIZKOR AT MORE FESTIVALS

Yizkor
(directed by Ruth Fertig) has played at several festivals recently, inlcuding Hot Docs, the New York Jewish Women's Film Festival, and The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

SKY GARDEN
Co-created a sculptural collage/ 3D photo representing rooftop garden with Stephen Arceri for the Futures Fair in Austin TX, Sept. 30th. See a 2D close-up or entire 3D image.

BLU MOON FESTIVAL AWARD
Sprout
wins best Art Film at Blu Moon Film Festival.

METHODS OF ENTANGLEMENT
The Museum of Touch & Feel
is showing at "Methods of Entanglement," a multimedia show presented by Mass Gallery and the University of Texas. For the first time the film will be shown in full color, on a large 3D screen with polarized glasses. Opening reception Thurs. Sept. 9th, from 7-10pm, in the TACC Visualization Laboratory at UT Austin ACES building 2.404A. For additional viewings, stop by the lab anytime, or contact Brandt Westing at the TACC Lab.

ROSH HASHANAH
Check out this animated rap video about Rosh Hashanah that I did for G-dcast.com
www.g-dcast.com/roshhashanah


EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION CLASS
I will be teaching a class in Experimental Animation for adults, this fall at the Austin School of Film.

KITTEN APPROVED!
A kitten watching Cook's Pine Mountain animation, on youtube. Watch Tela watch.

COOKS PINE MOUNTAIN
I just finished an animated music video for Joe Stickley's Blue Print of St. Louis. Watch Cooks Pine Mountain here on my site, or on youtube.

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD
Ruth Fertig's documentary, Yizkor, which I animated, has won the Gold Student Academy Award in the documentary catgegory. Ruth's film is based on her grandmother's experience during the Holocaust. It combines Super 8 film, archival footage, and animation to tell the story. The awards ceremony will be on June 12th at the Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills CA. The event is free and open to the public, click here for tickets.

TIME IS LOVE 3, BERLIN
The Museum of Touch & Feel will be included in Time is Love 3 , an International video art exhibition. Curated by Kisito Assangni in Berlin, Apr. 30-May 2. Admission free. WERK-RAUM, Prinzenallee 58,13359 BERLIN

ATHENS VIDEO ART FESTIVAL
Sprout will be included in the Athens Video Art Festival, the largest festival of digital art and new media in Greece, May 7th-9th. athensvideoartfestival.gr

SPROUT WINS AWARD
Sprout
received Best Experimental/ Animated Film at the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival, March 2010. Presented by The West Virginia University Department of Art in association with the Appalshop organization.

PASSOVER ANIMATION
I animated a video about Passover for G-dcast.com. Russian hats, juggling kosher foods and more.

www.g-dcast.com/passover

CULINARTS
My films received 2nd Prize at CulinArts, a juried art fundraiser for the Wright House Wellness Center, Austin TX.
To learn more about the Wright House go to thewrighthouse.org

DIY 3D WORKSHOP @ SXSW
This March I taught a stereoscopic workshop for kids sponsored by SXSW and the Austin School of Film. Watch the video (requires red/cyan glasses). More workshops for all ages coming soon at ASoF. I also met some great stereoscopic (3D) artists at SXSW, including Ryan Suits, who among other things takes 3D long exposures of light: atomiccheesecake.net

PUPPET FILMS @ INTREPID MUSEUM, NYC

Several of my puppet films are playing with Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams Touring Film Festival. The following are playing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Feb. 17th: Sprout, Le Mariage des Chausettes (from Zut-Alors), House Upon a Hill, Sophie's Story & Piano Mouths.

2009
CHANUKAH
I animated a Chanukah special for the Jewish website G-dcast.com.
G-dcast.com/chanukah-story

SHADOW TIGER SOLO SHOW
In the fall of 2009 I had a solo show of stereoscopic (3D) animations, photos, and objects at Texas State's Gallery.
Read more and view the work.

LITTLE BLACK DRESS
I was asked to create a video for the University of Tulsa's Show "The Little Black Dress" (Sept. 2009). It's called Rosie Rose.

FRESH ARTS FESTIVAL
Sprout screening at Fresh Arts Festival, Discocery Green Houston TX (Sept. 11, 2009)

FRESCOES OF A GLASS ARMOIRE
Bellwether screening in Frescoes of a Glass Armoire, Minicine, Shreveport LA (Sept. 10, 2009)

ELSEWHERE AT ELSEWHERE
In May-June I spent a month as an Artist-in-Resident at the Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro NC. A former thrift store, Elsewhere is now a living art museum. Artists come and work with the thrift shop remnants to create installations, performances, films and more. During my residency I focused on stereoscopic animation and 3D photos installations. Read more about my experience on my blog.

YIZKOR
In 2009 I created animation for Ruth Fertig's documentary, Yizkor. This film is based on the memoirs of Ruth's grandmother, Safta, about her experience during the Holocaust. The film combines Super 8 film, archival footage, and animation to tell the story. Watch Clips

DIVERSEWORKS
Sprout
& Les Malaventures de Zut-Alors included in DiverseWorks Flicker Lounge, Houston TX (May 1-June 13, 2009)

ST AMBROSE UNIVERSITY
Handmade Puppet Dreams Gallery Tour. Les Malaventures de Zut-Alors and artifacts at Morrisey Gallery at St. Ambrose University, Iowa (January, 2009)