Food is an animated short exploring the food chain, natural selection and the relationship between the consumer and the consumed. It pays homage to daytime television, bad horror movies and obtuse art films. It also contains cute birds, a telekinetic houseplant and something resembling meatloaf. Behold as the protagonist is threatened with eating utensils! Marvel at the lively and colorful anatomy lessons! Thrill at the refreshing lack of handheld cinematography! Wonder at Jack's complete lack of timing and editing!

Granted, it was an art film after all. You should have seen some of the other "experimental" entries my poor film would be stuck with at early screenings. Simply awful, excruciating endurance videos.

Food was originally shot in 1999 with a digital video camera and animated/edited on a Macintosh with the crude, unstable software of the time. Since I was teaching myself the software, it took me about 2 years of intermittent work to complete. It had no budget other than a green sheet, some halogen lights and a bottle of wine (catering). Except for our dazzling actress Karen Shapiro, all sets, props and creatures were generated from stock photos or 3-D animation. This was my re-entry into animation after years of print based graphic design. While rough in execution, it caught the attention of enough people to wind up on PBS and in festivals worldwide, and ultimately connected me to the people who would open doors in the NYC motion graphic world.

Programs used: After Effects 4.1, Electric Image Broadcast, Final Cut Pro 1.0

EXHIBITIONS:
2003 – Rencontrés Internationales Paris/Berlin – Paris & Berlin
2003 – Reel Noise – Seattle, Washington
2003 – Clone Digital Film Festival – Hameenlinna, Finland
2003 – CSAW – Commerce Street Artist Warehouse – Houston, Texas
2003 – KLJUN – Subotica, Serbia
2002 – Reel New York 7 – PBS
2002 – Coffee House Theater – McMurdo Station, Antarctica
2002 – D-Cinema Festival, Vierzon, France
2002 – Portable Pirate Cinema, San Francisco, California
2002 – Heaven Gallery – Chicago, Illinois
2002 – Strange Brew Coffeehouse – Springfield, Ohio
2002 – Tagawa International Short Film Matsuri – Tagawa, Japan
2002 – Featured Film – Disk – O.com
2002 – Madurai Collective – Madurai, India
2002 – VideoMedeja – Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
2001 – Ocularis – Brooklyn, NY
2001 – Two Boots Pioneer Theater – New York, NY
2001 – Fayetteville Film Festival – Fayetteville, AR
2001 – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival – Hot Springs, AR
2001 – Nomad Film & Video Fest – Seattle, San Francisco, Berkeley & Portland
2001 – Wall of Sound – Seattle, Washington
2001 – Project 101 – Paris, France
2001 – Independant Exposure 2001 – Chicago, Illinois
2001 – Melbourne Underground Film Festival – Melbourne, Australia
2001 – Video Space – Metro Arts – Brisbane-Queensland, Australia
2001 – Multimedia Microcinema – Skopje, Macedonia
2001 – Czech TV – Czech Republic
2001 – Pacific Film Archive – University of California, Berkeley
2001 – da Vinci Film & Video Festival – Corvallis, OR
2001 – Bay Area Film Festival – Berkeley, CA
2001 – New York Animation Festival – New York, NY
2000 – Artists Television Access – San Francisco, CA

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