It’s summer and the Docile Bodies project research and development is in full swing. I have summer sublet for my studio, bought all kinds of equipment, and hired an Emily Carr Univ co-op student skilled in coding and 3D animation. The Kinect Sensor will be used quite a bit to integrate the Viewer’s location and behaviour (gesture, direction they’re facing, vocal speaking) as triggers for the various avatars. The avatars and associated media will be housed in Unity 3D gaming engine.
Hey, it was really wonderful to have my film “Happy & Gay” receive the Sardinia Queer Audience Award at the 2015 Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival! This was the first time I ever had to do a pre-recorded “thank you,” and it was a little odd to do it, as I imagined it was a long shot. But, it wasn’t! (here’s a few frames as a gif) It’s super to have the work recognized! Grazie mille, Sardegna!!
This is the Creative Capital 2015 Artist Retreat presentation I gave on my project “Docile Bodies,” currently in development. It was a privilege to be amongst the astounding and passionate artists with such amazing projects also in the 2015 group.
New in my email inbox reminded me that there’s so much going on that I sometimes forget to share the good news. My latest animation short, “Happy & Gay”, is a 1930s queer revisionist history cartoon musical. Its first festival screening was Sept 2014. Since then, it’s played internationally and scooped up some nice awards along the way. The mailbox news was that my film won the Best Animation at the Rio Gay Fest (Rio de Janeiro) this week. I’ve had time to apply to some festivals, and then rely on being invited (again, it’s been so busy.) Here’s a breakdown of some of the activity so far:
Jury Award for Best Animation: Rio Gay Festival du Cinema, Brazil, 2015
Jury Award for Best Short Film: Les Gai CineMad: Madrid LGBT Film Fest; 2014
Jury Award for Best Animation: Atlanta Out On Film Festival; Atlanta Georgia USA; ; 2015
Audience Award: Atlanta Out On Film Festival Nov, 2014, Atlanta Georgia USA; 2014
Award for Best Animation: Image+Nation LGBT Cinema Festival, Montreal; 2015
Special Mention, Can[Be] Gay, Festival de Cine LGBTIQ de Canarias; 2015
Diversanima, touring Chile and Latin America (various)
Queers in Shorts, Cambridge UK
SCREENINGS, Official Selection in Competition
Siggraph Asia (Shenzen, China) Nov, 2014 Shenzen China
Frameline39: San Fran Int’l LGBT Film Festival 2015
ANIMATOR / 2015 The 8th International Animated Film Festival, Poland, Poznan
Image+Nation LGBT Cinema Festival, Montreal
In&Out LGBT Film festival
Bilbao Festival of Documentary & Short Films-ZINEBI, Spain
Festival Int’l Derechos Humanos y Cine Venezuela, Venezula
Merlinka Int’l Queer Film Festival, Belgrade
Anim’Est Int’l Animation Film Festival, Romania
Atlanta Out On Film Festival, USA
Atlantic Film Festival, Nova Scotia
Athens AnimFest, Greece
Boston LGBT Film Festival
Holebi Queer Film Festival, Germany
Can[Be]Gay: Festival Int’l de CineLGBTIQ de Canarias, Canary Islands
Roze FilmDagen, Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Holland
Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy
Vancouver Int’l Women in Film Festival
Torino LGBT Film Festival, Italy
Women in Film Festival, Florida US
ANIMATE 2015, Poland
Curadoria e Direção do Rio Festival Gay de Cinema
My newest project work has transformed and evolved well during the research and development phase. The title has changed accordingly. “Vigil” has become “Docile Bodies,” as the tenor of the subject has become even more focused on an aspect of “being responsible for another’s well being.” I’ve had good progress in grounding it within solid ideas and materials, and it continue to feel dynamic and evolutionary to me. It’s conceived of as an iterative work, and I’ll be taking on this initial phase of “Docile Bodies” with a goal of Fall 2017 for its exhibition readiness.
Docile Bodies is the first of series of interactive, animated narrative environments. It is formed as a spatial narrative that examines a viewer and their viewed subject’s potential agency, or lack of it. Video gaming culture, fairytales and queer narrative provide a storytelling frame with which to examine representation of body, gender, power, the gaze, and sexuality. The project asks for the involvement of the viewer’s physical, mental and emotional states, using their own body, processing and decision making, and empathy for another being in distress. If the viewer can determine what the subject needs, and is willing to commit to the effort, they can help. Using technology to track the viewer’s engagement through body and gaze location, the media they are viewing is affected and responds, as narratives come to life, skins speak and bodies transform. This installation is using sensors and a gaming engine system to craft an interactive, animated narrative environment.
Great news! I’ve been selected as a 2015 Creative Capital awardee in the Moving Image and Visual Arts cycle. I’m so very honored and excited to be receiving the support and network that comes with this foundation. This is associated with a project proposal that I made, an interactive installation titled “Vigil.”
From the Creative Capital news release:
Creative Capital is pleased to announce its 2015 awardees in the categories of Moving Image and Visual Arts, representing a total of 46 funded projects selected from a nationwide pool of more than 3,700 proposals. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers.
The 2015 Creative Capital Artists are an incredible group of creative thinkers, representing 50 artists at all stages of their careers with an age range of 28 to 80 years old. They hail from 13 states plus Puerto Rico and Canada; more than half are women, and more than half identify as non-European American.
Please visit the Creative Capital link to read about my project’s description and goals.
PRIX DU JURY_I+N27 / COURT MÉTRAGE_SHORT, Happy and Gay | Lorelei Pepi | États-Unis | 2014
“Happy & Gay” has received the Best Animation Award at the LesGaiCineMad Film Festival in Madrid. “Mejor Cortometraje animado: “Happy and Gay” de Lorelei Pepi.” I would have loved to been able to attend. I haven’t yet been to Spain, and it’s at the TOP of my list of places to go as soon as possible.
Thank you, muchos gracias!!!