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NW Film Center and OMPA announce 2016 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship Winners

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(PORTLAND, OR) — The Northwest Film Center, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Oregon Media Production Association are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship (OMAF): Rose Bond and Pam Minty.

Rose Bond is a Canadian born media artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her short films have been screened in international competitions including Sundance and the New York Film Festival. Although her roots are in frame-by-frame, hand drawn and direct animation, her current work focuses on public site-based animated installations. The Fellowship will aid in producing Bond’s latest project, “Animate Turangalia.”

Working with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016, “Animate Turangalia” will premiere the 1949 Turangalia-Symphonie by French composer Olivier Messiaen. This lush 20th century masterpiece combines exotic sounds and cultural myth, including, birdsong, Balinese gamelan music, post war popular culture, Sanskrit and the myth of Tristan and Isolde. The work is meant to be experienced visually as well as aurally. Bond will produce a feature length multi-screen animated film that will be projected simultaneously on six interconnected, video mapped screens for the Oregon debut of Turagalila. In addition to her own animations, she will select 6 students from the Animated Arts program at PNCA to contribute abstract works. The projections and symphony will all take place inside of the Schnitzer Hall.

Portland-based artist, Pam Minty’s work explores geography, home and community through still photography and motion pictures. Her films have been exhibited at Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Film Studies Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, International House Philadelphia, Los Angeles Filmforum, Place Gallery, Portland International Film Festival, San Francisco Cinematheque, UnionDocs, Vancouver International Film Centre, as well as other venues throughout North America.

Minty’s OMAF funded project, HIGH LAKES, will work in both the documentary and narrative realm, telling the story of young women living and working in campgrounds during the summer in the Cascades of Oregon. Utilizing an observational approach, Minty will train her camera on these women as they work in laundry facilities, restaurants and cafes, cabin/motel housekeeping. Using the narrative form, stories will be created surrounding the recreational activities away from work. The project is inspired by the filmmaker’s own experience working at Diamond Lake twenty years ago.

The Media Arts Fellowship supports Oregon filmmakers who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the media arts. Jurors reviewed the 70 submissions from applicants throughout the state, weighing artistic merit, the potential of the proposed activity to advance the artist’s work, and the feasibility of the projects proposed. The two 2016 winners will share the $10,000 Fellowship which is currently funded by the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Oregon Media Production Association. The Northwest Film Center administers the Fellowship and is currently looking for additional funders to grow it beyond its current state.

The application deadline for the 2017 Oregon Media Arts Fellowships is January 1, 2017. Applications are available online now at http://nwfilm.org/services/grants/mediaartsfellowship/. For further information, please contact Ben Popp, ben@nwfilm.org, or the Oregon Arts Commission, www.oregonartscommission.org.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region. The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.

Contact: Nick Bruno