Cultural Animation Film Festival Program 4

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Cultural Animation Film Festival Program 4


Wednesday May 24 01:00 PM
Wednesday May 24 07:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of the Cultural Animation Film Festival 2017

The closing program brings together short animated films from Brazilian, Coast Salish, Tuvaluan, Aboriginal, Chamoru cultures. A panel discussion on preserving endangered languages and cultural in films and animation will follow the screening.

Total runtime: 63 min.

Directed by Laura Margulies. 6 min. Brazilian.
Hepa! exuberantly visualizes the driving rhythmic pulse of Afro Brazilian dance, capoeira and percussion through animation and live action footage. The colorful animation is hand-painted with oil paints on glass and captured on film frame by frame. The dancing is a mixture of Afro Brazilian contemporary dance and traditional Brazilian “Orisha” dances.

Raven Tales: Bald Eagle
Directed by Chris Keintz. 10 min. Coast Salish.
The children of the village ask Eagle why he appears bald. He shares a story of when The Great Spirit ordered Eagle to fly him across the world so he could observe it. Raven joins them, and during their travels he and The Great Spirit eat so much that Eagle has to carry them both. Frog hops on board as well, and the three passengers poke fun at the tiring Eagle until he angrily drops them all to Earth. At first, Eagle worries he's killed his friends, but in reality, they're planning a joke on Eagle, one that will change his appearance forever. 

Tales from Nanumea: Pai & Vau
Directed by George Siosi Samuels. 4 min. Tuvaluan.
Traditions say that the first people to be found on the island of Nanumea, Tuvalu, were two women, Pai and Vau. Tefolaha (a man whose true origins are debated to be either Samoan or Tongan) tricks the women, with the use of his spiritual prowess, into thinking that he was the true founder of the land. 

I am What I Yam
Directed by Q. Jenny Fraiser. 2 min. Aboriginal.
An experimental animation on yams from a recent art installation. 

Wolf Dog Tales
Directed by Bernadine Santo. 7 min. Mexico.
Wolf Dog Tales is an animated film that takes us through a series of stories inspired by the ancient wisdom of animals that teach us about respecting life and earth. 

Kilo Hoku
Created by Patrick Karjala, Kari Noe, Anna Sikkink, and Dean Lodes. 2 min. Hawaiian.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded in 1973 with the purpose of developing and sailing a Hawaiian double-hulled outrigger canoe, or waʻa kaulua, on the open ocean, using non-instrument navigation techniques known as wayfinding. In this practice, the navigator uses the orientation of the canoe against the stars in the sky to determine position on and to navigate across the ocean with nearly the same accuracy as modern navigational instruments. This practice is of cultural and historical significance to the Native Hawaiian population, whose ancestors practiced wayfinding for open-ocean voyaging. Our team prototyped a simulation in a virtual reality environment on the HTC Vive to attempt to aid in the learning and teaching of wayfinding. Users are able to sail the canoe, view stars and constellations, and use wayfinding techniques to navigate. 

Directed by Q. Jenny Fraiser. 1 min. Aboriginal.
"I chose to work with a National Park that has an Aboriginal name, and in this instance Bunurong is also the name of their local Traditional Owner group within the Kulin Nation. While I worked with the documented images to make the animation I was fascinated by the other-worldliness of the underwater life there, and I was pleased to work with those the striking colors, which we don't often see. My intention was to manifest an Aboriginal aesthetic in the work, to communicate old and new cultures across languages and other borders." – Q. Jenny Fraiser 

In the Rubbish Tin
Directed by Riwia Brown. 4 min. Māori.
Abandoned on her birthday morning, Pippa escapes into an imaginary world with her best friend Chubby.

Maisa the Chamoru Girl who saves Guåhan
Directed by Michael Q. Ceballos. 35 min. Chamoru.
Based on a beloved classic legend from the island of Guam, Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan tells the story of how a young Chamoru girl finds the strength, wisdom, and courage to lead the women of Guåhan (Guam) into battle against a giant creature from the Marianas Trench that is devouring their island home. Maisa is the first animated film to feature the endangered indigenous Chamorro language of Guam. For this film cultural and linguistic experts worked diligently to bring the language back to its historical pre-contact era. GDOE students participated in both the voice over and creation of key art for the production, while local actors and actresses worked side by side with Twiddle Inc. and Kahmeleon Productions in Guam for the filming of the live action segments. 

Panel Discussion: Preserving Endangered Languages and Culture in Films and Animation: Join moderator Michael Q. Ceballos as he discusses the issue with panelists Dr. Alex Mawyer and Keoni Lee.

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