Joanna Priestley Retrospective, Friday August 23rd at 8pm

Dubbed “the queen of independent animation” by Bill Plympton, Joanna Priestley has made 32 award-winning films that run the gamut from personal memoir and documentary to poetic adaptation and abstract phantasmagoria. Priestley has had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, British Film Institute, National Film Theater in London, Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, and the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. We are delighted to present an exclusive look at 15 of her finest short films spanning over 37 years in the industry including Voices (1985), Pro and Con (1993), Dew Line (2005), Split Ends (2013), and Jung & Restless (2022).

The screening will be followed by a rare opportunity to hear from Joanna in person about her career to date and how she sustains creativity.

“Imaginative, playful and whimsical, Priestley’s work radiates a sense of wonder and delight about the art of animation.” -Maral Mohammadian, Cartoons: the International Journal of Animation

“With retrospectives, awards and a significant body of work under her belt, Joanna Priestley is a distinctive and pioneering director and producer.” -Justin Johnson, British Film Institute

“Introspective, satirical, whimsical and beautiful: Joanna Priestley’s prolific body of work speaks personal truths.” -Phil Davis, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival

The Cartoons of Max Fleischer, Wednesday August 21st at 8pm

Join us for a night of classic animation highlighting the films of Fleischer Studios! This legendary studio brought us the cartoons of Popeye, Betty Boop, Superman and more and we are thrilled to present a block of brand new digital restorations from the original film elements. Sit back and enjoy the wild and wonderful world of Fleischer Cartoons!

Isaac Adamson

Isaac Adamson

Portland-based screenwriter Isaac Adamson has written film and TV projects for Netflix, Lionsgate, Fox, AMC and a host of others. His script “Bubbles” was the #1 screenplay on the 2015 Black List and he’s the author of five published novels. He’d rather be playing soccer, though, or noodling around on guitar, or doing just about anything besides writing. 


Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane is a Latvian born, Brooklyn-based independent filmmaker, artist, writer, and animator. She has made 17 award-winning animated shorts but is best known for her first animated feature Rocks In My Pockets which premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2014 where it received a FIPRESCI Prize. The film went on to over 130 international festivals. It opened theatrically in the U.S. through Zeitgeist Films.

Signe’s new animated feature My Love Affair With Marriage (2022) tells the story of a spirited young woman’s quest for perfect love and lasting marriage. It premiered in June 2022 at Tribeca Festival and has screened at over 80 festivals winning twelwe awards. It was nominated by European Film Academy as Best Animated Feature.

Signe is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow in Film for New York Foundation for the Arts. She has a degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University.


David Winning

46 Features, 29 Series, over 180 TV credits, David Winning is a US/Canada Dual Citizen and veteran film & television Director and Producer. He has experience in all genres including sci-fi, horror, drama, action, theatrical release, movies-of-the-week, episodic, romance, westerns, Christmas movies, comedy, family, kid’s series, live audience multi-cam, situation comedies, web-based, etc.  Started 2017 on the Netflix/SYFY Channel action series VAN HELSING, a post-apocalyptic take on the vampire rising based on a graphic novel, directing multiples including the third Season Finale and opening the explosive fourth season. He has directed 26 Christmas and family films for the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime, including 3 Films in the popular Blake Shelton TIME series, 2 final Films in the FATHER CHRISTMAS series, a top #5 NEW YORK TIMES PICK: THE TREE THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS and UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, which broke the Network record on social media with 47 million tweets. He has worked for NETFLIX, HALLMARK, SYFY CHANNEL, LIFETIME, NICKELODEON, PARAMOUNT, MGM, 20TH CENTURY FOX, HBO, LIONSGATE, among others and has directed in locations including Scotland, Budapest, Vancouver, Montreal and Los Angeles.

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