Amanda Strong | Emily Carr Guest Artist | March 11, 2020

Emily Carr 2D-Experimental Animation is pleased to host guest artist, Amanda Strong, for a public artist talk, screening, and workshop.

Artist Talk with Amanda Strong, public event
Reliance Theatre
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 11:30 – 12:45
Emily Carr campus

Amanda Strong is a Michif, indigenous filmmaker, and stop-motion puppet animation director currently based in the unceded Coast Salish territories known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. As Owner, Director, and Producer of Spotted Fawn Productions, her work explores themes of blood memory and reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language and culture. Strong will be discussing her work, her experiences as a media artist, and screening a selection of short films. The 2D-Experimental Animation program in Design and Dynamic Media is proud to host our guest.

Workshop, Developing, Producing and Directing a Media Project 
Animation Studio, A3030
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 1:15p – 3p
Emily Carr campus
This event requires an RSVP, and is limited to 25 advance seats. Please check your ECU university email for the announcement and information on how to RSVP.

Workshop description: People interested in animation, film, and new platforms for media story-telling are invited to attend a lecture and conversational workshop, as media artist Amanda Strong walks us through the visual story-telling and directorial processes of animation filmmaking in detail, from start to finish. Strong’s experience encompasses producing her own award-winning film work with grants and partnerships with the NFB, as well as acting as co-producer and mentor to emerging indigenous and non-binary media artists. Strong’s own films are developed for environments that include festivals, tv, broadcast, subscription, and the newly developing focus on the VR platform. The beautiful and compelling puppets and props from previous film projects will be available for close-up viewing.

Amanda Strong’s puppet animation film productions include Four Faces of the Moon, Flood, and Biidaaban (The dawn comes), which won the 2018 VIFF Best British Columbia Short Film Award. As an artist she has been recognized with the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist (2016). Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin selected Strong to be the recipient of the Gilmour Technicolour Prize (2016), acknowledging Strong’s important contributions to contemporary Indigenous cinema.

Strong’s films have screened across the globe, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council and the NFB. Spotted Fawn Productions is currently developing new short animations Wheetago War and Spirit Bear. Her work can be seen online, television, in festivals and in galleries and museums. Strong received a BAA in Interpretative Illustration and a Diploma in Applied Photography from the Sheridan Institute.

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