curated and presented by Madi Piller,filmmaker, animator, programmer, curator and past president of the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS )
This Canadian program presents animated works made by independent female artists.
The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) in Ontario and the Quick Draw Animation on the West coast are two strong poles of production support and access for independent animation. They offer studio space, equipment and network for mentoring and technical advice. As a result, over the years, different artistic voices have been brought up to the field of animation forming work of poetry, narrative, blog series, experimental work for gallery installation and performance. The selected films in this program include artists that have produced through the two mentioned facilities and other art centers across Canada. The techniques from classic 2D drawing, digital painting, 3D, collage, puppets, use of mix media depicts thoughtful themes of tribute, fears, existence and contemplation. (Madi Piller)
This hand-drawn animation illustrates William Carlos Williams’ poem “The Term”.
Through a simple act of child’s play, a young boy confronts both his parents’ overwhelming protection and his own very real fears.
A abstract-musical film set to an original score by the composer-animator. Forms and shapes blink on and off as they travel through fields of weaving patterns in a rhythmically complex visual structure.
The film – which depicts the hands of an unseen artist as they cut, paste and draw on a desktop – acts as commentary for the artist’s work.
Tengri is a Turkic word, referring not only the holy, blue sky, but also the primary deity of nature that has been worshipped by Mongolic and Turkic peoples. It is about the Wind Burial, a traditional ritual that is deeply rooted in the Shamanic belief.
The Importance of Hortense
Hortense Gordon was a teacher as well as an artist, who studied abstract painting under Hans Hofmann. Researching Hortense turned up as much about her teachings and philosophies as her work, so in the end I felt I was working through the film as a pupil.
Afloat at Dawn
A tiny baroque ode to fleeting darkness and pretty make-believes.
The chaser becomes the chased in this cautionary tale.
The Fall revisits a cherished creation myth.
The Yellow Wallpaper
In this animated adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper“, a woman descends into madness when she is forced into isolation, after giving birth to her first child
A stop-motion animation, paint over backlit glass.
La petite Mort
Inspired by the surreal animations of Lenica, Borowczyk and Švankmajer, Japanese tentacle erotica, and those strange, middle-of-the-night dreams one has after spicy food.
With hand-coloured photographs, cutouts, plasticine, optical effects, and drawing on paper and cel, this short piece is a kaleidoscope of experimentation with music by Kim Darwin.
Tricky Women - International Animation Filmfestival Vienna