Animation festival planned

“a-part from The Story,” an animated short film by Carolina González Valencia. She and other animators will be in Bar Harbor for a three-day College of the Atlantic Animation Festival May 3-5.


BAR HARBOR — Animators Danielle Ash, Laura Heit and Carolina González Valencia will be featured in an animation festival set for May 3-5 at the College of the Atlantic and Reel Pizza. During the three-day event, the artists will screen their own films and works that have influences them, as well as create collaborative work with students during their three day visit.

The event kicks off on May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Gates center with “From Inspiration to Animation: A Screening and Panel Discussion.” The guest artists will each share a clip or short film of their own work and of animation films that influence or inspire them. A panel discussion about process and development of artists’ work, moderated by COA performance art and video production professor Nancy Andrews, will follow the screening.

On Saturday May 4, at 2 p.m., the Festival moves to Reel Pizza Cinerama for a screening of films by Ash, Heit, and González Valencia. The animators will host a question and answer session following the screening.

Finally, on Sunday May 5, “Animated Mega Loops” are on display at COA’s Blum Gallery from 2-3 p.m. Attendees can view animation created by students and featured festival animators. The work will be on display through Wednesday, May 8.

Laura Heit employs stop-motion, live-action puppetry, hand drawing and computer animation in her short films. Her work has screened at museums and film festivals around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Rotterdam, Taiwan, Ann Arbor, and London International Film Festivals. She also works in puppetry, experimental theater, and live performance.

Heit has been the recipient of awards and grants from MacDowell Colony (2007 and 2009), Channel Four Television London, British Film Council, Durfee Foundation, ARC grant, Jim Henson Foundation, Puppeteers of America, and MTV. From 2007–2011 She was co-director of the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts. She has an MFA from Royal College of Art, London.

Carolina González Valencia’s work exists at the intersection where personal, social, and political stories meet. She weaves various media aiming to create new documents that challenge social and historical representations of migration, otherness, and labor. Major screenings and exhibitions include the CMCA 2018 Biennial, The Museum of Contemporary art in Quito, Roots and Culture in Chicago, GAZE in San Francisco, International short films showcase in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, International short films in the Full Frame Theater, and the Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces Film Festival in Mexico City.

She is the recipient of the Lyn Blumenthal Scholarship, the Gelman travel Fellowship, and the Programa Nacional de Estímulos, from the Colombian Ministry of Culture. She lives and works in Lewiston, where she is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College. She holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Danielle Ash is an award-winning, Brooklyn-based experimental animator. Utilizing recycled materials in a tactile, hand-made style, her stop-motion films are a combination of miniature toy worlds and fanciful cardboard cities. Her paper puppets tell stories of love and pickles, of old New York and roller coasters. She has worked as an art director, animator, and sound designer for short films, cartoon series and virtual reality.

Recent clients include Sesame Street, Jack Daniel’s and Moomah Magazine. She was the winner of the 2010 Helen Hill Award for Animation. Danielle is currently teaching animation to middle school students while on production for an upcoming documentary about women in the workforce during WWII entitled “The Girl With the Rivet Gun.” She earned an MFA from the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts.

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