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Twist of Fate
Twist of Fate
Sensorium
Sensorium
Andaluz
Andaluz
Ground Zero/Sacred Ground
Ground Zero/
Sacred Ground
Perpetual Motion
Perpetual Motion
Kakania
Kakania
Nine Lives
Nine Lives
Yours for the Taking
Yours for the Taking
Vis-á-Vis
Vis-á-Vis
Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies
Pentralia
Penetralia

Ground Zero/Sacred Ground

(1997 • 9 minutes) Music by Ken Field

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In south-central New Mexico, an ancient Native American rock art site lies 35 miles from the detonation site of the world’s first atomic bomb. The juxtaposition of these sites points to the striking contrast between the two worlds which created them: one which reveres and lives in harmony with the natural world, and one which, in striving to control the forces of nature, has created a means for its destruction.

“The film has the fluidity and lyricism of classic animation by the likes of John and Faith Hubley as it spins its cautionary tale about ancient human civilization, the abiding earth, and the threat of nuclear annihilation.”

— Carly Carioli, The Boston Phoenix



Awards:
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1998: Telepost Excellence in Film Editing Award
Humboldt International Film Festival, CA, 1998: 1st Prize, Animation
Marin County National Festival of Short Films, CA, 1998: 1st Prize, Animation
Green Extreme Film Festival, Canada, 1999: Best Environmental Film
ASIFA-East Animation Awards, NYC, 1999: Excellence in Design, and Charles Samu Awards
Prix Leonardo, Italy, 1999: Gold Certificate
Rhode Island International Film Festival, 1999: Best Director
Utah Short Film & Video Festival, 1998: Best Animation
Big Muddy Film Festival, IL, 1998: Jury Prize
Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 1998: Director’s Choice Award
New England Film & Video Festival, 1998: Honorable Mention
Smoky Mountain/Nantahala Media Festival, North Carolina, 1999: Animation Award
Archaeology Channel International Film & Video Festival, Oregon, 2003: Best Use of Animation Award
Fayetteville FilmFest, Arkansas, 2003: Omni Peace Award (from Omni Center for Peace, Ecology & Justice)
Earth Vision Award, 15th Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival, Japan, 2007

Festivals:
Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan, 1998: special program, “Animation for Peace”
Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Germany, 1998
American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, 1998
Taos Talking Picture Film Festival, New Mexico,1998
Mountainfilm, Telluride, Colorado, 1998
One Reel Film Festival, Seattle, Washington, 1998
Huntington International Independent Film Festival, Long Island, NY, 1998
Nashville Independent Film Festival, 1998
Denver International Film Festival, 1998
New Orleans Film & Video Festival, 1998
Northampton Film Festival, Massachusetts, 1998
Carolina Film & Video Festival, North Carolina, 1999
New York Animation Festival, NYC, 1999
Other America Film Festival, San Antonio, Texas, 1999
Canyonlands Film & Video Festival, Utah, 1999
Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival, Canada, 1999
Virginia Film Festival, 1999
Vermont International Film Festival, 1999
Animac, Lleida, Spain, 1999
I Castelli Animati, Italy, 1999
Anima Mundi, Brazil, 1999
United Nations Association Film Festival, California, 1999
International Exile Film Festival, Sweden, 2001
Durango Film Festival, Colorado, 2002
Premio Cinematografico Internazionale SASÀ (Environment Safeguard & Healthy Nutrition), Rome, Italy, 2003
Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea, 2005
7 Islands International Film Festival, Mumbai, India, 2006

Screenings:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1997
Roswell Museum & Art Center, New Mexico, 1997
Western New Mexico University, 1998
“Women in Shorts” Brandeis University, 1998
“Reimagining Ecology: Art & Design in Community with Nature”
Symposium of the Orion Society, Rhode Island School of Design, 1998
“100 Years: A New Mexico Film Celebration” Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1998
Boston International Festival of Women’s Cinema, Brattle Theatre, 1998
Harvard Film Archive, 1998
United Nations Association Film Festival Travelling Program:
      “In the Name of Good & Evil,” Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, MA, 2002
      “UNAFF Celebrates Sundance,” University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2003
      “Humanity is Indivisible,” NYU Cantor Film Center, NYC, 2003
Hiroshima/Nagasaki 2005: Memories & Visions, Tufts University, MA: Symposium on Nuclear Issues

Television Broadcasts:
Sundance Channel, USA, 1998-2002
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