January 17 2015- The MoMA will screen my film 'Runaway Bathtub' from their collection as part of a program devoted to paper animations at 12:00. The screening is free. It's a wonderful time to revisit this, my best loved film. Simultaneously they are showing Mattisse's paper cutouts in an exhibition up in the main galleries. A perfect program to coincide with that show. Many years ago, the MoMA approached me at a screening of this film during the BAM Nextwave film fest and asked about acquiring it- this is why I love to be present at as many of my screenings as possible and why I moved to New York! It's wonderful when you can meet the audiences and get their reactions. The last time this film showed at MoMA I showed the kids in the audience my cutouts and the sketchbook that houses all the little pieces of this animation. A few parents told me that their kids had asked them to buy their very first sketchbooks after seeing my Q&A. It warmed the cockles of my heart! I remember a certain Mrs. West who taught me to make a caterpillar from an egg carton and I knew then that I was in this art thing for life! This animation is based on a game I used to play with my twin sister Katie in the bathtub. We would fill up the tub, then turn on the shower and pretend it was a rain storm, and that the rain was so abundant it carried us off to sea! The whole world became flooded and we pretended to sustain ourselves eating raw fish and drinking rainwater tea.
In this short entitled 'Galilee' I created a journey and a transformation from New Testament times to present day West 34th Street. Featured is one of my friends, a homeless woman named Cym. She is mute but we have managed to become friends through writing in my notebooks. I'm not sure why she chooses to stay on the streets but can guess it may be because the shelters in this area are said to be dangerous. This animation is a little different because it has such a super clean feel to it and is quite colorful. Even the color pallet undergoes a transformation as the movie takes you from the wee purple hours of dawn to the yellow light of late morning. This short was created for a company called 'Radiant'.
Right now I am working with Bonneville Communications to create a series of inspirational shorts. Here is a still from my short 'Maid Arise'. This animation portrays Christ raising a small girl to life as found in the New Testament. In this scene she is reunited with her father.
A still from my short entitled 'Forgiveness'. This film is about how we can cleanse our spirits by letting go of a grudge.