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Animation By Design

  • Directed by Various
  • Washington/Oregon

Presented in association with Design Week Portland, this short program of abstract animation features a variety of diverse work by Oregon and Washington animators with distinct graphic styles.

This program includes:

  • Joanna Priestley
  • Joan Gratz
  • Aaron F. Ross
  • Marilyn Zornado
  • Laura Heit
  • Micah Weber
  • Kello Goeller
  • Jefferson Kincaid
  • Reed O’Beirne
  • Eric Ostrowski
  • Ruth Hayes
  • Devon Damonte
  • Sarah Jane Lapp

Before or after the films, help make a pattern direct animation film using clear 16mm film leader in front of the Whitsell.  We will screen this collaborative work at 7pm. Come learn, make, and watch! In conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s $5 Fridays, admission includes the galleries as well as the films.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

Genres: Animation, Northwest Filmmaker

Other Films by Devon Damonte

Devonimation Wonders

Renowned Olympia animator Devon Damonte has been working with camera-less, direct animation filmmaking for over three decades, his work is recognized in such prominent books such as Maureen Furniss’s The Animation Bible and Kathryn Ramey’s Experimental Filmmaking: Breaking the Machine. Produced directly on 35 and 16mm, Damonte’s films are filled with abstract imagery fashioned from

Other Films by Joan Gratz

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.

An Evening With Joan Gratz

The work of Academy Award winner Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase, 1992) began as moving paintings, but evolved into the process Gratz pioneered, termed “clay painting,” while working at Portland’s storied Will Vinton Studios. Incorporating improvisational and fine art techniques, Gratz’s work straddles the realm of poetry and storybook as lush moving palettes

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

Best of the 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

The Best of the 43rd Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival features a few of the best short films from 2016. This touring program features narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and British Columbia. Come celebrate last year’s festival as we look forward to the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, kicking off on November 1.

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Night Weaver

A tapestry of computer mandalas and intricate animated weavings.

Other Films by Joanna Priestley

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.

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

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.

Other Films by Marilyn Zornado

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.

Insect Poetry

A group of insects gather for evening of poetry.

An Evening With Marilyn Zornado

Director-animator Marilyn Zornado started in the animation industry as a producer at Will Vinton Studios. After a career of producing a variety of award-winning commercials and projects, she became an animation educator, and now focuses on creating short animated films, both as a collaborator and independent maker, Zornado incorporates her love of calligraphy, the graphic

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

Spring Lines

The beauty of Spring comes to life through animated calligraphy.

Other Films by Laura Heit

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.

The Deep Dark

An allegorical tale of walking into the subconscious to face ones fears.

Rover’s Eye

Images recorded by NASA on the surface of Mars gain a mysterious presence through the interventions of the human hand.

Two Ways Down

Fantastical creatures float in and out of space, destined for a hellish final destination.

Other Films by Reed O’Beirne

Rhythm Assemblies: Films by Reed O’Beirne

“Cinema has more to do with dance, than it does with novels,” says Seattle filmmaker, Reed O’Beirne, “because it is fundamentally rhythm and movement over time.” Join us as Reed screens a selection of films from his 23-year career, including No Time For Shopping (2000), a dynamic look at the anti-WTO demonstrations in Seattle featuring

Other Films by Ruth Hayes

An Evening With Ruth Hayes

Beginning with the earliest forms of animation and optical toys, Olympia animator Ruth Hayes has created handmade objects such as flipbooks, zoetropes, and praxi-scopes, some of which are in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art and will be on display before the screening. Her films range from the use of camera-less techniques

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

Cooper Perforation Loop Triptych

Direct animation created by scraping emulsion against a circular disc of perforated cooper.

Copper Perforation Loop Triptych

Direct animated film made from a five-inch diameter disc of perforated copper scratching away at black leader.

Other Films by Sarah-Jane-Lapp

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The Six is Silent

This animation is inspired by the song by SkyJelly, which is inspired by the short story, now a film, by James Cowan