“phototaxis” (2017) – trailer

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Phototaxis (2017)

“Phototaxis” draws parallels between Mothman, a prophetic and demonized creature in West Virginia lore, and Narcotics Anonymous, the main treatment program in West Virginia’s addiction epidemic. Rooted in nonfiction, this film contemplates synchronicity and the role of belief systems in perception; the tendency to assign supernatural meaning to tragedy and the unknowable; anonymous and apocryphal oral histories; and the moth to the flame. To visualize these narratives, natural materials and pastel-on-paper palimpsest animation are woven together using a multiplane and analog overhead projection.

First year film at CalArts Experimental Animation MFA


Upcoming screenings:
Flatpack Film Festival – Short Film Competition – Birmingham, UK – April 13-22
Florida Film Festival – Animated Shorts Competition – Maitland, Fl – April 6-15
Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection – April 26-28
RiverRun International Film Festival – Animation Competition – April 19-29
Athens International Film + Video Festival – Official Selection – Athens, OH – April 9-15
Vail Film Festival – Official Selection – April 5-8
Festival Nonstop Barcelona
Cinedelphia Film Festival – Official Selection – Philadelphia, PA – April 15
Single Frame – Official Selection – April 8

Screenings:
Ottawa International Animation Festival – Official Selection – Ottawa, CAN – Sept 2017
Slamdance Film Festival – Official Selection, Documentary Shorts – Park City, Utah – Jan 2018
Black Maria Film Festival – Jury Citation Award – 2018
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Animation Shorts Competition – Santa Barbara, CA – Feb 2018
Salem Film Festival – Documentary Shorts Official Selection – Salem, MA – March 2018
Athens Animfest – Student Competition – Athens, Greece – March 15-18
Cinequest Film & VR Festival – Official Selection, Documentary Shorts – San Jose, CA – Mar 2018
Animasivo Festival – Official Selection – Mexico City – Nov 2017
Animage International Animation Festival of Pernambuco – Short Film Competition – Recife, Brazil – Nov 2017
Miami Independent Film Festival – Award: Best Student Film – Miami, FL – Jan 2018
Columbus International Animation & Film Festival – Official Selection – Columbus, OH – Mar 2018
San Diego Underground Film Festival – Official Selection – San Diego, CA – August 2017
Animacine Animation Festival – International Short Competition – Caruaru, Brazil – Dec 2017
Rush Process Festival of Handcrafted Animation – Competition – Houston, Texas – Aug 2018
Craft International Animation Festival – International Competition – Java, Indonesia – Oct 2017
DOC LA – Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival – Official Selection – Los Angeles, CA – October 2017
Factual Animation Film Fuss – Official Selection – London, UK – October 2017
Bad People Gallery – Bad Women Animation Screening – Los Angeles, CA – October 2017
Unforeseeable disasters can raise questions of theodicy. A
vacuum of meaning is created that invites religious interpretation.
- Joseph Laycock, Mothman: Monster, Disaster and Community

The nature of our belief will determine the manifestation of our
perception.
- Narcotics Anonymous