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AD MELIORA

Digital Video, 4 minutes. 2021

Image: Kate Balsley

Sound: Irina Escalante-Chernova

Ad meliora, or "towards better things" combines hundreds of separate images that create a deep meditation on being, creativity and nature; a mandala of forms that becomes highly symbolic of life, death, yesterday, now, and the next moment.  Flowers, plants and textures were photographed in places such as nature conservatories, cultivated gardens, vacant properties and parking lots. The familiar landscape appears molten, luminous and renewed. Ad meliora is suggestive of adaptation, resilience and transformation.

2023

Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (Gimpo, South Korea)

2022

Thomas Edison Film Festival (Hoboken, NJ) Director's Choice Award

Wisconsin Film Festival (Madison, WI) Golden Badger Award

Indie Memphis (Memphis, TN)

Athens International Film and Video Festival (Athens, OH)

Big Muddy Film Festival (Carbondale, IL)

Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, NM)

Dobra Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

VASTLAB Experimental (Los Angeles, CA)

Digital Graffiti (Alys Beach, FL) Finalist

West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival (Morgantown, WV) 

Bideodromo International Experimental Film and Video Festival (Bilbao, Spain)

Tune in to Green (Austin, TX)

Alternative Night of Experimental Film (London, England)

Malatesta Short Film Festival (Cesena, Italy)

Canopy Cinema (Atlanta, GA)

Altered Images Film and Music Festival (London, UK) 

Experimental Film Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico)

University Film and Video Association Annual Conference (SUNY Fredonia, NY) Honorable Mention

Aquifer: The Florida Review at UCF (https://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu)

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BROOD X

Digital Animation, 30 seconds. 2021

They've hatched. 

Created for the 2021 "Exquisite Shorts: Atlanta Halloween Edition."

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COSMOS OBSCURA

Digital Video, 4 minutes. 2018.

Image: Kate Balsley

Sound: Irina Escalante-Chernova

In Cosmos Obscura, the universe is at once known and unknowable. New patterns, rhythms and metaphors are born from old ones, and familiar celestial bodies are refracted into strange and unusual forms. 

2021

Altered Images Film and Music Festival (London, UK)

2020

Ospizio Giovani Artisti Gallery: Nuove Astrazioni (Rome, Italy) 

2019

Another Experiment by Women Film Festival (New York, NY)

Dobra Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

Mostra Strangloscope: Mostra Internacional de Áudio/ Vídeo/ Filme/ Performance (Florianópolis, Brazil)

Llawn Festival: Out of Line (Llandudno, UK)

DUMBO Film Festival (New York, NY) Best Experimental

Besides the Screen: Graphic Intelligences & Algorithmic Fictions Conference (Vitória and São Paulo, Brazil)

LUNA  (Atlanta, GA)

Ospizio Giovani Artisti (Rome, Italy)

Dallas Medianale (Dallas, TX)

Saigon Experimental Film Festival (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Festival Ecrã (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

Ibrida festival delle arti intermediali (Forlì, Italy)

Rencontres Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse, France)

Braziers Mini-Indi Festival (Oxfordshire, UK)

Atlanta Film Festival (Atlanta, GA)

Athens International Film & Video Festival (Athens, OH)

Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, NM)

Digital Graffiti (Alys Beach, FL) Finalist

West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival (Morgantown, PA)

The Hazel Eye Film Festival (Nashville, TN)

Aquifer: The Florida Review at UCF (https://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu)

2018

The Exchange Gallery (Bloomsburg, PA)

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I <3 ATLANTA

Digital Video, 5 minutes. 2017.

An abstract travelogue of the city of Atlanta.

2017

Atlanta Film Festival (Atlanta, GA)

Airport Shorts 4.0 (Atlanta, GA)​

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MICROSPECTRUM

Digital Video, 1 minute 30 seconds. 2016.

A surreal journey through the natural world. Leaves, flowers and other organic materials are abstracted and exist as shapes, forms, colors and textures. Nature is at once strange and beautiful. Microspectrum invites the viewer to reflect upon its complexities.

2018

IN*fusionart Magazine (www.infusionartmagazine.com)

2017  

Athens International Film and Video Festival (Athens, OH)

               

Black Maria Film Festival Touring Program (Various Venues)

            

Delete TV (London, England, UK)

            

Spectral Microcinema (Steven’s Point, WI) 

2016   

Black Maria Film Festival (Jersey City, NJ) Jury's Choice Award 

Wonder Root Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series (Atlanta, GA)

        

Minne Mini Film Festival (Minneapolis, MN)

        

New Mavericks Film Festival (Atlanta, GA)    

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FANTASY TABLEAU: THE ART OF STEPHEN WARDE ANDERSON

Digital Video, 9 minutes. 2015.

Rockford, Illinois native Stephen Warde Anderson has been a self-taught painter, poet, writer and musician for the past 30 years. This documentary explores the life and art of this truly eccentric genius.

2021

Local Filmmaker Showcase (Decatur, GA)

2018    

“Stephen Warde Anderson: Attention to Detail”  Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (Chicago, IL)

2016  

 “The Wonderful World of Stephen Warde Anderson” Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL)

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THE SONATINA

Digital Video, 9 minutes. 2015.

While working a dead-end job at a thrift store, a young man rekindles his passion for music.

2017    

Jecheon International Music and Film Festival (Jecheon, South Korea)

2016    

Prairie State Film Festival (Peoria, IL)

Door County Short Film Festival (Sister Bay, WI)

        

Wildwood Film Festival (Appleton, WI)

2015    

68th Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (Cannes, France)

    

The Milwaukee Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI)

    

APEX Film and Music Festival (Rochester, MN)

    

Red Wing Festival of the Arts (Red Wing, MN)

    

Flyway Film Festival (Pepin, Stockholm, Maiden Rock and Alma, WI)

    

Central Wisconsin Film Festival (Stevens Point and Wausau, WI)

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THE CUCARANCHULA

Digital Video, 13 minutes. 2013.

A love triangle between a young writer, a pompous critic, and a mysterious little creature known only as...the cucaranchula.

2015  

New Filmmakers Fall Series (New York, NY)

Honeytone Film and Music Showcase (Milwaukee, WI)

2014    

67th Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (Cannes, France)

We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR) 

Beloit International Film Festival (Beloit, WI) 

    

Green Bay Film Festival (Green Bay, WI) Finalist

Wildwood Film Festival (Appleton, WI) Best Comedy

2013    

Milwaukee Short Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI) Artistic Achievement Award

    

Milwaukee Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI)

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ANIMA MUNDI

Digital Video, 4 minutes. 2010.

“Anima mundi,” a latin phrase meaning “spirit of the world,” has been a fundamental principle of philosophical thought for centuries, representing the vital life force that animates all matter in the universe. This experimental piece combines thousands of individual images of flowers, both wild and cultivated, to create a unique, fluid aesthetic, celebrating the beauty of the natural world.

2015    

Best of Rural Route Film and Video Festival (New York, NY) Blu-Ray Compilation

Best of Rural Route Film and Video Festival Touring Program (Various Venues)

2013    

Frederick Layton Gallery (Milwaukee, WI) Mary Nohl Suitcase Export Grant, Permanent Collection

SpectreArts (Durham, NC)

                                        

2012  

Black Maria Film and Video Festival (Jersey City, NJ) Director’s Choice Award

Black Maria Film and Video Festival Touring Program (Various Venues)

Rural Route Film and Video Festival Touring Program (Various Venues)

Another Experiment by Women Filmmakers (New York, NY)

The Milwaukee Short Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI)

Beloit International Film Festival (Beloit, WI)

2011   

64th Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner  (Cannes, France)

Athens International Film and Video Festival (Athens, OH) Best Experimental Award 

Wisconsin Film Festival (Madison, WI) Golden Badger Award


Milwaukee Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI)

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI) Jury Award

Rural Route Film Festival (New York, NY) Best Experimental

Rural Route Film Festival Traveling Program (Various Venues)

If You Squint: An Evening of Avant Garde Films (Madison, WI)

Big Muddy International Film Festival (Carbondale, IL)

Dallas VideoFest (Dallas, TX)

Strange Beauty Film Festival (Durham, NC)

Filmmaker’s Showcase (Charlotte, NC)

Synch! Film and Music Festival (Bronx, NY)

Greentopia Film Festival (Rochester, NY)

Burnell Street Arts Center (Homer, AK)

MTS Gallery (Anchorage, AK)

Light Factory Showcase (Milwaukee, WI)

Central Wisconsin Film Festival (Steven’s Point, WI)

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LOCALLY UNWANTED LAND USAGE

Digital Video, 8 minutes. 2009.

Locally Unwanted Land Usage is a tale of wastefulness and resourcefulness that promotes environmental stewardship. It was created using low-energy and consumer-grade equipment, and all of the props were made from donated or recycled materials. The result is a "green movie" whose production had little environmental impact, and can be enjoyed by everyone.


2019

UNCG Sustainability Short Film Competition (Greensboro, NC) Grand Prize

2016   

Cause & Effect: Georgia Progressive Film Festival (Athens, GA) Jury Award

    

2012   

National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai, India)

                

Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee, WI)

2011    

Worldkids Foundation International Film Festival (Various Venues: India)

              

Twisp Rural Routes Film Festival (Twisp, WA)

                

2010    

Reel Earth International Environmental Film Festival (Palmerston North, New Zealand)

ICA Boston: Urban Parables (Boston, MA)

Princeton Environmental Film Festival (Princeton, NJ)

Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival (Santa Monica, CA)


San Diego Children’s International Film Festival (San Diego, CA)


San Francisco Bay Area Children’s International Film Festival (San Francisco, CA)


Epiphany Children’s Film Festival (New York, NY)


Providence Children’s International Film Festival (Providence, RI)


Children’s Film Festival Seattle (Seattle, WA)

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)


Kids First! Film Festival (Santa Fe, NM) Jury Award

Earth and Sky Days (Grand Rapids, MI)


Flatland Film Festival (Lubbock, TX)

Wildwood Film Festival (Appleton, WI)


2009   

Milwaukee Short Film Festival (Milwaukee, WI)

              

Material Afterlife Short Film Competition (Grand Rapids, MI)

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AUTUMN

Digital Video, 3 minutes. 2008.

A portrait of the season of autumn. Individual moments are frozen to express the fleeting beauty and constant flux of nature.

2009

Beloit International Film Festival (Beloit, WI)

                          

The People’s Choice International Short Film Festival (Quito, Ecuador)

                      

ArtFilmPerformance (New York, NY)

                          

Houston Art Alliance (Various Venues: Houston, TX) Permanent Collection

Central Wisconsin Film Festival (Stevens Point, WI)


Big Water Film Festival (Washburn, WI)


ArtQuinox (Minneapolis, MN)


Naturescapes (Olean, NY) Honorable Mention

Aaurau International One-Minute Film Festival (Aarau, Switzerland)

Renderyard One-Minute Challenge (London, England, UK)

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (Washougal, WA)


Workhouse Film and Music Festival (Llanfyllin, Wales, UK)


Wildwood Film Festival (Appleton, WI) Best Experimental 

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ALICE UNDERWATER

16mm film, 2 minutes. 2005.

Original footage of an underwater dancer has been optically printed. The result is a surreal aquatic ballet.

2010   


Strange Beauty Film Festival (Durham, NC)


Mini Cine Picture Show (London, UK)


Flicker Film Festival Spokane (Spokane, WA)


Flicker Film Festival Chapel Hill (Carrboro, NC)


Milwaukee at its Best Showcase (Milwaukee, WI)

Conduit Cinema (Milwaukee, WI) 

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts (Mount Vernon, IL.) 

2005      

Take 291 Experimental Film Series (London, England, UK)

                           

Invisible Film Series (New York, NY) 

                           

Big Muddy Film Festival (Carbondale, IL) Honorable Mention

                           

Synch! Film and Music Festival (London, England, UK)

            

Flicker Film Festival New York (New York, NY) Flicker Grant Award

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PRETTY

Digital Video & 16mm film, 7 minutes. 2002.

Katie is an intelligent, ambitious and hard-working robotics engineer. She is currently working on her newest invention-miniature robots that dispense cosmetics and give beauty advice. Despite her talents, her two male colleagues treat her terribly...simply because they find her unattractive. Pretty is a scathing satire of gender politics, sexual harassment and toxic masculinity.

2010

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts (Mount Vernon, IL.) 

2002

UWM Student Film and Video Festival (Milwaukee, WI) Jury Award

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