Films by Joanna Priestley

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Coming Soon: Bottle Neck

2015 (2' 39", 2D computer animation, digital file, 16:9)

A luminous crush of still life silhouettes, abstract shapes and complex, interlocking patterns. Bottle Neck renovates the commonplace objects of a classical painting genre in a modern setting with a rich palette of aqua, orange and brown. Bottle Neck is the third film in Priestley’s abstract trilogy about patterning that includes Eye Liner (2011) and Split Ends (2013).

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Title design and compositing by Brian Kinkley.

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Split Ends

2013 (3' 33", 2D computer animation, DVD, HD digital file, 16:9)

The luscious colors and delicate lines of Split Ends playfully construct animated full field patterns and reference mass produced ornamental designs of the industrial era. Without relying on pop culture reference points, some patterns stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption. Split Ends is the second film in an abstract trilogy that began with Eye Liner.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Edited by Joanna Priestley and Brian Kinkley. Compositing and design by Brian Kinkley. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Selected Festivals: Black Maria Film Festival: Third Prize, Director’s Choice Award (USA), USA Film Festival: Finalist, Monstra Animated Film Festival: Best of World (Portugal), ASIFA-SF Spring Show: Second Prize (USA), Annecy International Animation Festival (France), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil), Tel Aviv Animation Festival (Israel), Portland International Film Festival (USA), Dawson City Short Film Festival (Canada), Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia), London International Animation Festival (UK), AnimaEst International Animation Festival (Romania), Northwest Filmmakers Festival (USA), Wizard World Film Festival (USA), POW Festival (USA), Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival (Austria), Washington, DC International Film Festival (USA).

Dear Pluto

2012 (4'13", 3D and 2D computer animation, DVD, HD digital file, DigiBeta, HD Cam, 16:9)

A tribute to everyone’s favorite planetoid, written and narrated by Manhattan slam poet Taylor Mali, Dear Pluto blends 2D and 3D animation to explore Pluto’s unfortunate demotion in our Solar System.

Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound by Lance Limbocker and Seth Norman. Written and performed by Taylor Mali. 3D animation by James O’Neill and Russell Wilkins.  Design and 2D animation by Joanna Priestley. Mix and music composed by Lance Limbocker. Compositing by Randy Wakerlin. Computer animation and modeling by Fred Ruff. Character voices by Rob Sample.  Assistant 3-D modeling by Luc Coté.  Storyboards by Dan Schaeffer. Character designs by Don Flores. Edited by Joanna Priestley and Randy Wakerlin. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Selected Festivals: ASIFA-San Francisco Film Festival: First Place, Independent Animation (USA), Northwest Filmmakers Festival: Audience Choice Award (USA), Ann Arbor Film Festival: Art & Science Award (USA), ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival: Best of ZEBRA (Germany), Interfilm International Short Film Festival (Germany), Visible Verse Festival (Canada), Portland International Film Festival (USA), Dawson City Short Film Festival (Canada), Gig Harbor Film Festival (USA), Poezijos Festivalis TARP (Lithuania), Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival (USA).

Rumpy Pumpy

2013 (1'47", 2D computer animation, HD digital file, 16:9)

A ballet of private parts, in all their glorious combinations.

Directed, animated and produced by Joanna Priestley. Sound effects and mix by Seth Norman. Music by Richard Strauss, courtesy of emp3world. Assistant Animation by Rachel Bradley. 

Hump Festival (Seattle and Olympia, WA and Portland, OR, USA), Comic-Con International (San Diego, CA, USA).

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Choking Hazard

(2012, 1' 30", 2D computer animation, HD digital file, 16:9)

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR RECYCLED PLASTIC? A plastic tub takes a long trip in this short short by award winning indie animator Joanna Priestley. Our best intentions can go awry when it comes to recycling plastic.

Directed by Joanna Priestley. Sound Design by Chris Barber. Music by Thomas Barber. Animation by Joanna Priestley and Jed Bursiek. Musicians: Casey Bozell: Violin, Adam Trachsel: Bass, Cellos, Guitar, Chris Barber: Percussion, Meredith Adelaide: Vocals, Thomas Barber: Trumpet, French Horn, Tuba.  Produced by Joanna Priestley with Cheryl Lohrmann for Create Plenty, Scrap and the Surfrider Foundation, Portland Chapter.

Festivals: Eco Comedy Film Competition (USA), Dawson City International Short Film Festival (Canada). Screenings: Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), The Art Zone, Seattle Channel (Seattle, WA), Sisters Movie House (Sisters, OR), Plastics 360 Conference (Berkeley, CA).

Clam Bake

(2012, interactive animation, 16:9)

Clam Bake begins with a simple group of static turquoise clams, olive figure eights and a vermillion ball. Each click of the mouse revels new sequences as pointed twangers and zoetropes enter and create a complex, turbulent composition.  A nice surprise awaits if the particiant opens everything.

Composer Seth Norman created a rich score for Clam Bake, which escalates as elements come to life. 

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Programmer and Assistant Animator Jed Bursiek.

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Eye Liner

(2011, 3' 53", 2D computer animation, DVD, HD digital file, 16:9)

Using luminescent layers of organic abstract animation, Eye Liner delves beneath archetypes of the human face.  Mysterious geometric patterns, rendered in cerulean blue and rust, evoke a fantastical earth-and-sea relationship between bold shapes and ethereal backgrounds.  Eye Liner simultaneously echoes facial features and challenges traditional notions of appearance.

"Watching Eye Liner is like being on some wonderful drug that you don't have to come down from when the film is over." -Chel White

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Seth Norman. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Selected Festivals: USA Film Festival: First Prize, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Second Prize, Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia)
London International Animation Festival (UK), Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brasil), ANIFEST (Czech Republic), Big Muddy Film Festival (USA), Portland International Film Festival (USA), Animac (Spain), Salem Film Festival (USA), Local Sightings Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum (USA), Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival (USA), Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada), Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational (Baltimore, MD).

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Out of Shape

(2011, 1 minute, 2D computer animation, HD digital file)

A minute gift box of abstract animation with shapes inspired by the paintings of Joan Miró and a palette influenced by the work of Piet Mondrian.

 

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound design and mix by Marc Rose.

Festival/Screening: One Minute Film & Video Festival (Aarau, Switzerland). Portland Art Museum (USA Premiere).


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Missed Aches

(2009, 3' 53", 2D computer animation, DVD, HD digital file, Beta SP, 16:9)

A witty commentary on ignorance, idiocy and our over-reliance on spell check. Written and narrated by Taylor Mali, who led teams to four championships in the National Poetry Slam, this dirty ditty animates text and plays up phonetics with hilarious results. 

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Written and narrated by Taylor Mali. Sound design by Normand Roger and Pierre Yves Drapeau. Music by Pierre Yves Drapeau with Denis Chartrand and Normand Roger. Text Animation by Brian Kinkley. Character design and animation by Don Flores. Storyboards by Dan Schaeffer. Supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Caldera Institute.

Selected Festivals: Black Maria Film Festival (USA): First Prize (Jury Award), USA Film Festival: Finalist, CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Canada), Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia), AniMadrid Animation Festival (Spain),Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Barcelona Festival of Independent Cinema (Spain), Ann Arbor Film Festival and Tour(USA), Annecy International Animation Festival (France), Tricky Women Festival (Austria), New Orleans Film Festival (USA), Portland International Film Festival (USA), Vienna Independent Short Film Festival (Austria), Animator International Festival (Poland), VideoFest (USA), Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA), BEFILM Underground Film Festival (USA), Visible Verse (Canada), Portland Women’s Film Festival (USA), Crossroads Film Festival (USA).

Streetcar Named Perspire

(2007, 6'23", 2-D computer animation, DVD, HD digital file, BetaSP, 1.85:1)

A wild roller coaster journey through the mood swings, hot flashes and brain fog of one of life’s great transitions.

“Priestley’s animated roller coaster ride both previews and celebrates- depending on your age- one of life’s most thrill-filled experiences.” -Heike Kuehn, Northwest Film and Video Festival

Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley.  Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker.  Music composed by John Smith.  Animation by Pascal Campion and Joanna Priestley.  Voices by Victoria Parker Pohl and Paul Harrod.  Written by Joanna Priestley and Victoria Parker Pohl.  Editing by Michael Corrigan and Joanna Priestley.  Funding: Regional Arts and Culture Council. Special Thanks: The MacDowell Colony.

Selected 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), Animadrid (Spain), Dallas Video Festival (USA), Exeter International Film Festival (UK), Big Muddy Film Festival (USA), Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA), Festival Bimini (Latvia), Tricky Women Film Festival (Austria), Portland International Film Festival (USA), Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA), Three Rivers Film Festival (USA), Cinanima (Portugal), Tacoma Film Festival (USA), World of Women Film Festival (Australia), China International Animation Festival.

Extended Play

(2007, 4'00", digital animated installation, DVD, 3:1)

Extended Play is an animated, experimental exploration and rediscovery of youthful pastimes. Set within the spotlight of a elliptical border, games, diagrams and objects of amusement create an evocative metaphor of childhood play.

Extended Play was presented as a large scale, outdoor installation with two performers providing live foley sound. It premiered on June 28, 2007 at “Inside Out”, Platform International Animation Festival, in Portland, OR, USA.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Digital effects artist: Daniel Phillip Johnson.  Sound designed and produced by Marc Rose.  Live sound and sound effects by Sam Mowry and Martin Gallagher. Improv vocals by Shannon Day and Janet Day.

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Dew Line

(2005, 4'25", computer animation, DVD, Beta SP, 1.33:1)

A rich abstract tapestry of biomorphic forms that hints at the loss of botanical diversity.  The title refers to the shapes created by condensation and to the line of radar stations (Distant Early Warning) built in Alaska, USA during the Cold War. Made with FlashMX.

“Priestley’s Flash animation is a striking continuation of her fluid playful style.” -Bill Foster, Northwest Film Center

“Priestley’s playful eye takes us on a tour through the cycle of life and death as cells split apart, regenerate and dance a microbiological twist.” -Sam Green, San Francisco University

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound and editing by Jamie Haggerty.

Selected Festivals: Big Muddy Film Festival: First Prize, Animated Worlds Tour and DVD (USA), Fantoche International Animation Festival: Best of the World Program (Switzerland), Hiroshima International Animation Festival: Best of the World Program (Japan), Black Maria Film Festival: Director’s Citation, Anima Mundi Animation Festival (Brazil), Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (South Korea), Prix Ars Electronica (Germany), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Mediawave International Film Festival (Hungary), London International Animation Festival (UK), Melbourne Animation Festival (Australia), Leipzig International Festival (Germany), I Castelli Animati (Italy), Bimini International Animated Film Festival (Latvia), Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (Turkey), Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia), Newport International Film Festival (USA), Dallas Video Festival (Texas).


Andaluz

(2004, 5'56", drawings on paper, 35mm, DVD, 1.33:1)

A traveler’s love letter to Andalucía and an homage to the culture, landscape, and architecture of southern Spain. Andaluz explores details of the natural world in relation to the four elements, and suggests the close relationship between people and the land which they inhabit.

"Short but sweet, this new animated tribute to southern Spain is just six minutes long, but the tale spans centuries."  -Cheryl Sinapis, 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. Edited by Cam Williams. Musicians: Juanito Pascual, Fernando de Malaga, Adolfo Herrera and Ken Field. Director of photography: David Trappe.
Selected 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 for Best Independent Animation, New York Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Leipzig International Festival (Germany), Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films (Croatia), Culture2Çulture Tricky Women Festival (Austria), Anima Mundi (Brazil), China International Cartoon and Digital Art Festival, I Castelli Animati (Italy), Animac (Spain), Jeon Ju International Film Festival (Korea), Córdoba Animation Festival (Argentina).

Surface Dive

(2000, 7'33", replacement animation, glass, and pastels on paper, DVD, 35mm, 1.85:1, Dolby Digital)

Surface Dive is an abstract animated film inspired by a snorkeling adventure in a freshwater cenote in the Yucatan, Mexico. It combines three layers of artwork, molded replacement sculptures, glass pieces and pastel drawings on paper. Each layer is animated separately and shot on a multi-level stand. "More than 600 sculptures, 200 glass pieces and 2200 drawings combine to fashion a work of dazzling detail and complexity.” -Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker and Drew Canulette. Director of photography: David Trappe. Edited by David Massachi. Camera operators: Emily Halderman and Joanna Priestley. Sculpture assistants: Catherine Dunn and Yan Nguyen. A project of Creative Capital.

Selected Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (Korea): First Place Award for Expression, World Animation Celebration (USA): Best Experimental Film, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Citation Award, Culture2Culture Tricky Women Festival (Austria): City of Vienna Prize, Taos Talking Picture Festival (USA), Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil), I Castelli Animati Animation Festival (Italy), Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal), Leipzig International Festival (Germany), Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA), Nordic and Baltic Animation Festival (Norway), Big Muddy Film Festival (USA), Dallas Video Festival (USA), Animated Encounters: Bristol International Animation Festival (UK), Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany), ANIMAC (Spain), Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA), Filme Im Schloss: Weisbaden Animation Festival (Germany).


Kali Yuga

(2000, 4'00", pixillation and object animation, 16mm, 1.33:1)

Kali Yuga was commissioned by contemporary music ensemble Fear No Music, to accompany a new musical composition by composer Joseph Waters. It includes two animation experiments: pixillation of yogi and rock climber Diane Wilson (age 50) that was shot in nature and object animation of tools, bolts, screws and nails. The music was synchronized to the images and performed live by five musicians, who moved around and , at one point, were encased upside down in wooden sculptures while playing.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music composed and produced by Joseph Waters. Collaboration with composer Joseph Waters and contemporary classical ensemble, Fear No Music. Performed at Reed College, University of Oregon and the University of California at San Diego.

Utopia Parkway

(1997, 5'00", drawings on paper and replacement animation, DVD, 35 mm, 1.33:1)

Utopia Parkway is an abstract and symbolic film about covert forces and mysterious containers.  It was inspired by the boxes of American sculptor Joseph Cornell, who lived in the same house on Utopia Parkway in Queens, New York, nearly all of his life. “Joanna Priestley’s Utopia Parkway explores new techniques, including animating 3-D forms made out of what looks like glazed clay.  The objects were sculpted to form a series that have smooth transitions from one shape to another.  The work is technically brilliant and her use of new materials is quite inventive.”  -Karl Cohen, ASIFA-SF Journal

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound design and music by Jamie Haggerty. Art director: Paul Harrod. Directors of photography: Charles Rehwalt (box unit) and David Trappe (bottle unit). Edited by Chris Willging and Joanna Priestley.

Selected Festivals: San Francisco International Film Festival (USA): Golden Gate Award, Big Muddy Film Festival (USA): Best of Festival, Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): Judge’s Award, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Choice Award, U.S.A. Film Festival: Finalist, Fantoche International Festival for Animated Films: Best of the World (Switzerland), I Castelli Animati (Italy), Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films (Croatia), Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan), Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brasil), Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany) Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal), Oslo Animation Festival (Norway), Annecy International Animation Festival (France), ANIMAC (Spain), Interfilm Berlin (Germany), Malaysia Video Awards (Malaysia), Taos Talking Picture Festival (USA), Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (USA).


Hand Held

(1995, 7'00", ink and watercolor on paper with pixillated hands, DVD, 16mm, 1.33:1)

Hand Held is about organizing to confront oppression. The animation, made with ink, watercolor and pastels on index cards has been shot while being held in real people's hands. Models of all ages (infant to Joanna’s 93 year old grandmother) and races, prosthetic hands and animal paws create a symbolic community of hands that surround the artwork. The soundtrack was performed by the acclaimed acappella quartet: The Bobs, Joe Finetti, Richard Greene, Janie Scott and Matthew Stuhl.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound produced and composed by Richard Greene and Joe Finetti. Soundtrack performed by The Bobs: Joe Finetti, Richard Greene, Janie Scott and Matthew Stull.  Sound Effects by Jamie Haggerty.

Selected Festivals: Marin County Film Festival (USA): First Prize, Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): First Prize, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Citation, Humbolt Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, Medicine Wheel Animation Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany), Leipzig International Film Festival, Schorndorf International Cartoon Festival.


Grown Up

(1993, 6'50", drawings on paper, pixillated hands and object animation, DVD, 16mm, 1.33:1)

Grown Up takes a humorous and poignant look at what it means to be turning 40 and growing older.

“In a time when everyone seems to be writing about aging, Priestley does a brilliant job of reclaiming 40 and her own process of middle aging with humor, optimism and an award winning animation style that just might make twenty-somethings wish they were older.” -Bill Foster, Northwest Film Center

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. Props by Paul Harrod.

Selected 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 International Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, Intercom International Festival (USA): Certificate of Merit, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (USA), Athens International Film and Video Festival (USA), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), U.S.A. Film Festival, Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany), San Francisco International Film Festival (USA), Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA).


Pro and Con

(1993, 8'15", 2-D puppets, drawings, object and cel animation and clay painting, 35mm, 1.33:1)

Pro and Con investigates life in prison through two monologues: one by a corrections officer (Lt. Janice Inman), and the other by Oregon State Penitentiary inmate, written by Jeff Green. Pro and Con features self-portraits that were drawn by inmates at the penitentiary and object animation of weapons and crafts that were confiscated from inmates.

"Pro and Con is a brief but excellent exploration of the thoughts and emotions of those working and living in our prison system." -Rebecca S. Albitz, Pyramid

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz. Sound designed and produced by Lance Limbocker and Chel White. Music by Chel White. Narrated by Lt. Janice Inman and Allen Nause.

Selected Festivals: Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director’s Choice Award, Cindy Competition (USA): Gold Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, Worldfest Charleston (USA): Gold Award, Birmingham Educational Film Festival (USA): First Prize, Columbus Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, CINE Competition (USA): Gold Eagle Award, Bombay International Film Festival (India), Annecy International Animation Festival (France), Holland Animation Festival, Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), U.S.A. Film Festival.


 

After the Fall

(1991, 6'00", drawings on paper with location shooting, 16mm, 1.33:1)

After the Fall is about relationships and the frustration of not being able to connect with others. The animation was drawn on index cards that were shot outdoors, at a fast food restaurant, garbage dump, flower farm and near Mt. Hood. After the Fall ends with the hero finding community by planting a seed from his heart. The final shot reveals how the film was made.

“For segments of the 1991 piece, After the Fall, Priestley propped up a sheet of clear plexiglas at various outdoor locations and shot animation by placing sequences of drawings in its center.  In the finished film, the smooth hand-drawn animation is framed by stuttering approximations of live-action backgrounds.” -Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music and sound design by Billy Oskay and Cal Scott. Voices by Scott Parker, Cindy Tennant and Joanna Priestley.

Selected Festivals: National Independent Film Competition (USA): Grand Prix, Athens Film and Video Festival (USA): First Prize, Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): First Prize, Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA): Cash Award Winner, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Juror’s Award, New York Film Festival (USA), Bombay International Film Festival (India), San Francisco International Film Festival (USA), Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India).


 

All My Relations

(1990, 4'50", drawings on paper with 3-D frames, 16mm, 1.33:1)

All My Relations satirizes the pitfalls of romance, from marriage, childbirth and upward mobility to the disintegration of a relationship. The animation is framed by a series of sculptural assemblages, which emphasize the message implied by the archetypal characters whose dilemmas may be familiar to those who have bought into the "American Dream".
Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley.  Voices by Victoria Parker and Scott Parker.  Sound effects by Dennis Wiancko.  Sound produced by Joanna Priestley.  Assistant animation by Kathleen Nichols and Janet Karecki.

Selected Festivals: National Independent Film Competition (USA): Grand Prix, Black Maria Film and Video Festival (USA): Jury Award for Excellence , Big Muddy Film Festival (USA): Best of Festival, American Film and Video Festival (USA): Second Place/Red Ribbon Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, Athens International Film Festival (USA): Honorable Mention, New York Film Festival (USA), Annecy International Animation Festival (France), Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan), Tournée of Animation (USA), Odense International Film Festival (Denmark), Bombay International Film Festival (India), Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany), PIA Festival (Japan), U.S.A. Film Festival.


She-Bop

(1988, 8'00", drawings and puppet animation, 16mm, 1.33:1)

She-Bop is about power, rage and seizing control of your life. The star of the film in the film is cartoon Kali, the great destroyer/creator goddess. She-Bop combines drawings on index cards and puppets, abstraction and character animation. It is based on a poem by Carolyn Myers, performed by jazz singer Carolyn Lochert Curtis.

“An ode to the Goddess and female power, set to a poem by writer and performer Carolyn Myers.” –Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times

Directed, produced, and animated by Joanna Priestley. Music and sound design by Dave Storrs. Written by Carolyn Myers. Narration by Carolyn Lochert Curtis. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Selected 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 Winner, Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal): Honorable Mention, Annecy International Animation Festival (France), Denver Film Festival (USA), Chicago International Film and Video Festival (USA), Odense International Film Festival (Denmark).


Candyjam

(1988, 6'40", drawings, puppets and object animation, 35mm, 1.33:1)

Candyjam is a whimsical, animated collaboration by ten animators from four countries. Candy is the subject and each filmmaker brings their own unique style to this experimental film which includes animated candy and objects, drawings and puppet animation.

Directed and produced by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz.  Music designed and produced by Dave Storrs. Animated by David Anderson (London), Karen Aqua (Cambridge, MA, USA),Craig Bartlett (Los Angeles), Elizabeth Buttler (Cambridge, MA, USA), Paul Driessen (The Hague, Holland), Tom Gasek (Cambridge, MA, USA), Joan Gratz (Portland, OR, USA), Marv Newland (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Christine Panushka (Valencia, CA, USA) and Joanna Priestley.
Selected 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), Flaherty Film Seminar (USA), Aspen Film Festival (USA), Tournée of Animation (USA), Mill Valley Film Festival (USA), Denver Film Festival (USA), Cinanima International Animation Festival (Portugal).

Times Square

(1986, 4'00", computer animation, not in distribution)

Times Square is an abstract meditation on urban shapes and sounds. It was created at California Institute of the Arts on a Cubicomp and IBM-AT, using Lumena, Easel and PC-10 software. Digital images on the computer monitor were shot onto 16mm film using a Bolex camera on a tripod, pointed into the monitor.

Engel and Priestley were in the first computer animation class at Cal Arts (1984-85), taught by Vibeke Sorensen.

Directed, produced and animated by Joanna Priestley and Jules Engel. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko.

Jade Leaf

(1985, 5'00", computer animation, 16mm, 1.33:1)

Jade Leaf, the first computer animated film made at Cal Arts, is a lyrical, abstract experiment, inspired by botanical forms.

"Jade Leaf takes the concrete, natural image of a leaf and turns it into geometric abstraction. A traditional piano piece accompanies this block of images, as they turn and twist and eventually become a leaf again." -Maxine Beach, Webster University Journal

 

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley.  Music composed and performed by Howard Richman.

“Priestley’s abstract painting has a wonderful graphic flow, not completely geometric, yet not completely organic.” -Phil Borsos, NW Film and Video Festival Juror.

Festivals: Northwest Film and Video Festival: First Place, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts Computer Animation Conference.


Voices

(1985, 4'07", drawings on paper, 16mm, 1.33:1)

A humorous exploration of the fears we share: fear of the darkness, of monsters, of aging, of being overweight and of global destruction. 

"Priestley gets across a series of personal phobias in a refreshing and humorous fashion. We get a superb, contemporary animated film with salutes to historical cartoon figures scattered throughout. Delightful!" --Marv Newland, Northwest Film and Video Festival Juror.

“Priestley’s film shows great joy and delight in being alive.  It’s a message with style.” -Ed Emshwiller

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko.

Selected 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), Canadian International Animation Festival: Special Award, Northwest Film and Video Festival: Best of Festival (USA), Big Muddy Film Festival: Best of Festival (USA), CINE Competition: Gold Eagle Award (USA), Chicago International Film Festival: Bronze Hugo Award (USA), USA Film Festival: Finalist, Sinking Creek Film Festival: Cash Award Winner (USA), Odense International Film Festival: Special Jury Prize (Denmark), Telluride Film Festival (USA), Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Japan), Zagreb International Animation Festival (Croatia), Hong Kong International Film Festival (China).


The Dancing Bulrushes

(1985, 5'00", sand animation, black and white, 16mm, 1.33:1)

The Dancing Bulrushes is based on an Ojibwa Native American story about coyote, the trickster, published by Barry Lopez. The film was made by animating beach sand frame by frame, on top of a sheet of glass, directly under the camera.

"Sand, lit from behind, is manipulated to recreate the Chippewa tale of a wiley coyote, and the screen's surface becomes a shifting sea of grains." -Maxine beach, Webster University Journal

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley and Steven Subotnick. Music composed and performed by Miroslav Tadic. Written by Barry Lopez. Narrated by Fran Bennett.

Festivals: USA Film Festival: Special Judges Award for New Animation Talent, Sinking Creek Film Festival (USA): Cash Award Winner, FOCUS Film Festival (USA): Third Place, Athens International Film Festival (USA), San Francisco International Film Festival (USA), Chicago International Film Festival (USA), Los Angeles International Animation Celebration (USA), Centre Pompidou (France).


The Rubber Stamp Film

(1983, 7'00", rubber stamps on index cards, 16mm, 1.33:1)

"An imaginative, witty and energetic film.  The images are all made from new and old rubber stamps which combine, entangle and collide at a rapid and joyous pace.  A hundred little stories are told as the images zip by to a collaged sound-track of voices and musical fragments.  Pure delight!" -Melinda Ward, Walker Art Center

"A tour de force!" -Bill Foster, Northwest Film Center

Produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and produced by R. Dennis Wiancko.
Selected Festivals:  New York Independent Filmmakers Expo (USA): First Place, Motion Picture Sound Editors (USA): Golden Reel Award, Telluride Film Festival (USA), Northwest Film and Video Festival (USA): First  Place, Black Maria Film Festival (USA): Director's Choice Award, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Baltimore Film Festival (USA): Second Place, Aspen Film Festival (USA), Chicago International Film Festival (USA), Canadian International Animation Festival, Chicago International Film Festival (USA).