March 23-26 for Women’s History Month
Philadelphia, PA – Moore College of Art & Design presents a four-day festival of animated feature and short films created by women, along with Meet-the-Artists discussions, an Adobe Creative Jam, and the annual panel featuring women game designers.
In conjunction with Women’s History Month, the “2017 MooreWomenArtists: Women in Animation Film Festival” begins Thursday, March 23, and continues through Sunday, March 26, in Stewart Auditorium on the College’s campus at 20th Street and The Parkway.
The Film Festival comes at a time when Moore is looking forward to graduating its first group of students majoring in Animation & Game Arts in May. All events are open to the public and admission is free. The schedule for the Festival, sponsored by Adobe and Animation Magazine, is as follows. For more information: moore.edu/womeninanimation2017
Thursday, March 23: 6:30 pm
Game Changers: Women Making Games
Kat Webster from Bioware, Lauren Brown from EA Games along with other women working in games and animation will discuss their creative process, careers and how they are affecting change in the industry. The panel will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception with the panelists. Admission is free.
Friday, March 24: 7:00 pm
Shorts Program #1 & Window Horses
A program of juried animated shorts by women will be followed by Asian-Canadian filmmaker, writer and visual artist Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses (2016) featuring the voices of Sandra Oh and Ellen Page. Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) follows Rosie Ming (Sandra Oh), a young Canadian poet of mixed descent who grew up believing her father abandoned her. She's been invited to perform her poetry at a festival in Iran, where she finds that what she'd been told as a child may not necessarily be the entire truth. The film will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.
Saturday, March 25: 1:00 pm
Shorts Program #2 & Emily Hubley screens works by Faith Hubley
This afternoon of animation will include a different juried program of shorts by women and then American filmmaker and animator Emily Hubley will screen a program of films by her mother and animation pioneer Faith Hubley, who died in 2001. Faith, who often collaborated with her husband, John, combined elements of myth, jazz, and a deeply felt humanism in her films, which included the Academy Award-winning shorts Moonbird (1959), The Hole (1962), and A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (1966), as well as the Oscar-nominated Windy Day, Of Men and Demons, Voyage to Next and A Doonesbury Special. The film will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.
Saturday, March 25: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adobe Creative Jam Tournament & Presentations
Adobe will present a Creative Jam event where local thought leaders share a behind-the-scene peek into their processes and projects; meanwhile, teams compete in a tournament that puts their creative skills to the test using Adobe Creative Cloud. The tournament begins at 5:00 pm in Moore’s studios and will be followed with presentations by thought leaders and the winning teams in Stewart Auditorium and a reception in Widener Memorial Gallery. Participation and admission are free. For more on this event: nvite.com/CreativeJam/moore
Saturday, March 25: 8:30 pm
Jessica Ciocci’s Animation Mix Tape
Jessica Ciocci is a founding member of the Pittsburgh, PA/Providence, RI art collective Paper Rad. The collective creates comics, zines, video art, net art, MIDI files, paintings, installations and music, and has work exhibited in major museums and galleries, including The New Museum of Contemporary Art and Deitch Projects. Ciocci’s work includes drawing, painting, craft, home-recording, photography, performance and animation. Her animated program will be loosely-based on her audio collage mix tapes and include a fully integrated video collage of inspiring women animators whom she admires. The screening will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.
Sunday, March 26: 3:00 pm
A Family Friendly Animated Feature Film
Several animated works created by women are being considered. The selection will be announced soon.
Sunday, March 26: 7:00 pm
Shorts Program #3 & Rocks in My Pockets
The evening begins with the third juried program of animated shorts by women and continues with Rocks in My Pockets directed by Latvian-native Signe Baumane. Now living in New York City, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film worked for independent animator Bill Plympton and later went on to create her own animated films, including Birth and Rocks in My Pockets. A story of mystery and redemption, this moving work is based on true events involving Baumane and four other women in her family, exploring their battles with depression. It raises questions of how much family genetics determine who we are and if it is possible to outsmart ones’ own DNA. The film will be followed by a Meet-the-Artist Q&A. Admission is free.
Moore launched the MooreWomenArtists Film Festival in spring 2016, which was inspired by the College’s MooreWomenArtists website, an online destination for all women visual artists to share ideas, issues, successes and histories.
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's visual arts college for undergraduates. The College's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district, surrounded by world-class museums. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women and four coeducational graduate programs. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, Continuing Education Certificate programs for professional adults, the acclaimed Young Artists Workshop, The Art Shop and Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu