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Creative Capital 2015 Awardee

Posted on January 8, 2015

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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.

Vigil, project in development

Posted on January 10, 2015

This project is my proposed work for the Creative Capital award. It arose from a few specific experiences, all relating to my own dismay (maybe fear?)  at the ways in which we’ve abandoned each other as human beings. This project will require a fair amount of simplicity and grace in order to be what I hope it can become…

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Vigil is an interactive animation installation, formed as a prompt on how we can be more responsible for each other as fellow human beings. Viewers are encouraged to “stand vigil” for the animated person in the rear-screen projection, a person that represents the Other. Using facial-tracking technology, the animated figure in the screen responds to the viewer by gaining energy, strength and presence, standing up and looking back at the viewer. If the viewer looks away, the subject in the screen falters, losing strength and stability. If the viewer is willing to stand vigil long enough with the subject in the screen, the subject acknowledges them with a simple gesture and is now able to leave this closed frame by walking off screen.

LesGaiCineMad Award

Posted on November 20, 2014

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“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!!!

Holbei Queer Film Festival

Posted on October 6, 2014

Excited to announce that “Happy & Gay” will be in the Holebi Queer Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium. It’s one of three shorts in Competition at Opening Night, Wedn., Nov 5, 2014 at 7:30pm, in running for the Grand Prize of the festival. Exciting!

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“Happy & Gay” Finished, and Festival Life Begins

Posted on September 13, 2014

I finished my newest animation film project, “Happy & Gay” in June 2014! I think there was a sonic boom somewhere in the universe as the reality of it became solid in this world space. I’ve begun the festival application process, and because of the 2-3 month delay in hearing back, I’m just starting to hear back now.

Here are the screenings so far
Ottawa International Animation Festival, “International Showcase”, in Ottawa, Canada
Siggraph Asia 2014  Animation Theatre Program, in Shenzen, China
Anim’Est, Audience Award Program, in Bucharest, Romania
Derechos Humanos Y Cine Venenzuela (really weird that I can’t find out what city or town it’s in!)

But! my film is on their short-list to be considered for the Best Human Rights Film of the festival. If anything, that’s an honor in itself, to be even considered.

Atlanta “Out On Film”,  in Atlanta Georgia USA
Atlantic Film Festival, in Halifax, Nova Scotia

I’ll be updating my film site, FB page and Twitter account more often with announcements about the film, so please consider following one (or all) of those if you’re interested!

Happy & Gay website
Happy and Gay Facebook
Happy & Gay Twitter: @HappyGayToon

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Ass-Kicking Student Film? Oh yeah….

Posted on September 1, 2014

Chris Robinson is the curational wizard at Ottawa Animation Film Festival, as well as does quite a bit of professional writing. One of his moonlight gigs is to be the curmudgeonly Animation Pimp, with a regular byline in Animation World Network online magazine. Although he wasn’t as into my newest film, my student film “Grace” made the grade (it won the Student Grand Prize at Ottawa Animation Fest in 1998.) I just came across this article of him talking about the most “ass kicking student films over the last 20 years.” And there’s “Grace,” kicking ass, it seems. Nice.

No matter how many prizes, accolades, interviews, or millions any of us get in our careers as filmmakers, we all started at the humblest of beginnings, at zero. We were all students or apprentices to our art before we became masters. But in all of the most successful of us, there was even back then, in our beardless youth, the shimmering foreshadowing of future success. Some of the most promising of student works reminds us that our student films can be our most liberating expressions, and can be harbingers of greatness to come. And they’ll remind us of where some of the best ideas and talents have always come from; the gloriously fecund creativity of young artists.

Here’s a wee Pimp tribute to some of the most ass-kicking student films from the last 20-ish years.

from AWN.COM, The Animation Pimp: The Kids Eat It Up, Chris Robinson Aug 22, 2014

 Grace was my Cal Arts MFA thesis film done in the Experimental Animation department. It was the most transformative and demanding art experience I’d ever had up until that point. I dove really deep down for it, exhausting myself, my bank account, as well as my friends. I did ridiculously crazy things just to “get that shot just right.” The resulting work did relatively well at the festivals, allowing me to gain attention and to meet all kinds of like-minded people. It also answered my own question as a younger artist, that I could find my own private vocabulary of expression in my art, and still be able to communicate meaning to others. I found that I love teaching animation, as my relationship to this art form is so much more about the intimate expressiveness rather than the commercial uses of it. And best of all, I’m still making my own films, with one just about finished.” Lorelei Pepi