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Northwest Tracking: Trailblazing Women of Independent Animation

  • November 16, 2017 – December 14, 2017

Join us as we celebrate the work of six Northwest women who helped blaze the trail for the world of independent animation. Beginning in the mid 1970s and early 1980s, each of these animators has wielded pencil, ink, and clay to fashion personal films and animation careers in a world once dominated by studio cartoons and male animators. The history of animation runs deep in the Northwest, and we are proud to shine a light on a few of the women who were crucial in opening the doors for a new generation of independent animators and creative vision.

Thu, Nov 30

An Evening With Joan Gratz

Directed by Joan Gratz

The work of Academy Award winner Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase, 1992) began as moving paintings, but evolved

Wed, Dec 6

An Evening With Joanna Priestley

Directed by Joanna Priestley

Starting her career as a film presenter in Central Oregon, Priestley made her first films using rubber stamps and sand

Thu, Dec 7

An Evening With Rose Bond

Directed by Rose Bond

Leader of the Animated Arts program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a former NWFC student and faculty

Wed, Dec 13

An Evening With Marilyn Zornado

Directed by Marilyn Zornado

Director-animator Marilyn Zornado started in the animation industry as a producer at Will Vinton Studios. After a career of producing

Thu, Dec 14

An Evening With Gail Noonan

Directed by Gail Noonan

Vancouver, B.C., is home to some of the world’s great independent animators, including Gail Noonan. She studied animation at Emily

An Evening With Ruth Hayes

Directed by Ruth Hayes

Beginning with the earliest forms of animation and optical toys, Olympia animator Ruth Hayes has created handmade objects such as