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An Evening With Joanna Priestley

Starting her career as a film presenter in Central Oregon, Priestley made her first films using rubber stamps and sand before going on to study with legendary experimental animator Jules Engle at Cal Arts. Finding her stride with drawing and computer-based animations, and collaborating with sound artists, she has since become one the world’s most prolific independent animators. Tonight’s program will include: 

Voices (1985, 4 min.)  

A humorous exploration of the fears we share: fear of the dark, of monsters, of aging, of being overweight and of human caused global destruction.

She-Bop (1988, 8 min . )

E xplores the dark, feminine side of spirituality. Made with index cards with pen, watercolor and pastels and combined with a little puppet animation. 

All My Relations  (1990, 5 min. )

S atirizes the pitfalls of romance, from marriage, childbirth and upward mobility to the disintegration of a relationship. 

Pro and Con (1993, 9 min. )  

I nvestigates life in prison through two monologues: one by a corrections officer (Lt. Janice Inman), and the other by Oregon State Penitentiary inmate

Streetcar Named Perspire (2007, 6.5 min.)

A wild roller coaster journey through the mood swings, hot flashes and brain fog of one of life’s great transitions.

Dear Pluto (2012, 4 min.)

A tribute to everyone’s favorite planetoid, Dear Pluto blends 2D and 3D animation to explore Pluto’s unfortunate demotion in our Solar System.

Missed Aches (2009, 4 min.)

A witty commentary on ignorance, idiocy and our over-reliance on spell check .

Utopia Parkway (1997, 5 min.).

A  film about covert forces and mysterious containers that was inspired by the boxes of American sculptor Joseph Cornell .

Dew Line (2005, 4.5 min.) 

A tapestry of biomorphic forms that hints at the loss of botanical diversity. 

xo1 (2011, 19 seconds)

S hapes based on tribal tattoos juxtaposed with objects common in still life painting: vase, flower, bowl, bottle and teakettle. Made in one week .

Eye Liner (201 1 , 4 min . )

B eneath archetypes of the human face are patterns that suggest a  relationship between bold shapes and ethereal backgrounds. 

Split Ends (2013, 4 min.) 

P atterns that reference mass produced ornamental designs of the industrial era stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption. 

Bottle Neck (2015, 4 min.)

A crush of still life silhouettes, abstract shapes and complex, interlocking patterns, Bottle Neck explores the commonplace objects of a classical painting genre in a modern setting. 

Genres: Animation

Other Films by Joanna Priestley

North of Blue

Long-time animator Joanna Priestley, known for her fantastic shorts, has created her first feature inspired by winter landscapes of the North. Following a residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon, Priestley began work on an exploration of color and imagery in which intersecting lines and shapes came together to

Animated Worlds: Portland Animation Since 2000

The state of Oregon has played an amazing role in helping to shape the world of animation. This program showcases a variety of animated films from Portland based animators beginning with the year 2000 and steadily moving to the present day.

Dew Line

An abstract tapestry hinting at the loss of botanical diversity.

Northwest Tracking: Trailblazing Women of Independent Animation

As a preview of the Film Center’s post-festival Northwest Tracking series showcasing six independent animation innovators, we are  pleased to offer this program sampler of their outstanding work to be featured. After the screening head on over to the Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit for a panel and conversation with the animators about their craft working in

Missed Aches

A witty commentary on ignorance, idiocy and over- reliance on spell check.