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Spotlight on Rose Bond, creator of internationally recognized, large-scale, site-specific animations

One month ago, the world was different. We were different. But even in this new reality, the Northwest Film Center remains committed to championing storytellers who are helpers, artists who dare to try new things, and innovators who find ways to transform and shape the future—in ways big and small.

On the eve of the 43rd Portland International Film Festival just one month ago, we started a new tradition of honoring those who open our eyes to new ways of seeing during times of change—folks who defy expectation and transform the world with their talents and generosity. In this ongoing series, we’ll introduce you this year’s 2020 Cinema Unbound honorees, as well as shine a light on new heroes we’re seeing emerge in real-time.

Because we need them, their ideas, and their future-forward thinking to inspire us now more than ever.

Rose Bond contains multitudes. In a town known for its animation talents, she has helped redefine how immersive, collaborative, and Unbound it can be. With her work, animation happens on walls, curtains, dances through thin air. It envelops you and comes alive, moving you where you least expect it.

Not limited by what animation “should” say or how it “should” be seen, Rose Bond kicks ass. She’s been rewriting the rules for years, fighting for whom, by whom and how animated arts are created.

Rose pushes her students and the world at large to see animation arts as an intersectional and vital art form that lives not on a screen, but everywhere amongst us. A practice which can illuminate the stories we might not often hear. Whether animating abandoned storefront windows or working in concert with the symphony, she makes the usual, the everyday come alive with magic, heart and creative vision of someone with a deep understanding of mystery, of what it’s like to walk through our town and our world fully alive.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.