Dechen is a Ladhaki, Tibetan Buddhist monk-in-training with a passion for gardening. One stormy night, he rescues an exquisite flower by bringing it indoors. However, despite his care and concerns, the flower inexplicably starts to fall apart and the boy struggles to accept the situation. Finally, Angmo, the head monk is forced to intervene and rescue Dechen from himself. Dechen finds peace at last when he understands how to truly save his dying flower - by eliminating the need to possess and control.
Winner of the "Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Animation" Dusty Award (2012). DECHEN premiered at the 23rd Dusty Film & Animation Festival at the School of Visual Arts Theater in NYC on May 7. This was my BFA thesis project and I was given a little over 2 semesters to work on it. The story was shaped by an experience I had while trying to get a beloved feral colony cat adopted in to a home and new surroundings.
DECHEN was animated traditionally on paper, the layouts were created out of mixed media and the animated frames were scanned and colored in Photoshop. I worked with SVA Film faculty member and noted musician, Nana Simopoulos once more to compose the overall music for the film, while my friend and professional musician, Marlon Cherry played the bells and the beautiful Kalimba. A couple of supportive and talented animation friends helped color the frames. Noted wildlife watercolorist and my drawing teacher, Deborah Ross sprinkled my credits with her lovely paintings. BFA Film Sound Design major, Steven Burgess (also a thesis student at the time) handled the sound design elements of my film. Don Poynter was my awesome thesis advisor, while dear friend and animation veteran, Howard Beckerman was the light at the end of the story-tunnel.
I could not have created and finished this film without the patience and support of my SVA teachers and supportive peers, friends, my super-patient husband and my beloved cats (both the indoor and outdoor ones).
The Center for Public Health Practice and the APHA Health Communication Working Group present the latest webinar in the Health Communication Matters Webinar Series:
Shifting the Narrative: The Role of Social Media in Public Health Communications
Thursday, March 10, 2016
This webinar will present on the increased importance of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram as a means of discussing topics of interest related to Public Health issues. The topic of interest here is the theme of vaccination. Broken into two presentations, researcher Jeanine Guidry will first lead an exploration on the role of social media in public health communications, using visual social media in vaccine-themed discourse. Then, Renee DiResta, co-founder of Vaccinate California, will discuss the effects of anti-vax groups on social media and how through "opposition research" one can help inform public health community experts to better understand the tactics of the opposition, and learn how they themselves can leverage these platforms to get pro-immunization messages to key audiences.
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the current state of social media and the role of visual social media in health communications.
- Analyze the use of visual social media in vaccine-themed discourse.
- List at least one strategy of anti-vax groups on social media channels.
- Describe ways that the opposition uses these channels for legislative advocacy.
- Discuss strategies to engage the silent majority who vaccinate.
Jeanine Guidry, academic researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University
Renee DiResta, co-founder of Vaccinate California
My grandparents have known one another since childhood. Of very different characters, the familiarity underpinning their relationship has been crafted over time. Both by the small episodes of everyday life, as well as by the longer duration of their lives.
This film is an intimate portray about their relationship made for beyond observational cinema, 2010/11, granada centre for visual anthropology, manchester.
"Gave warmth and real human touch to visual storytelling presented at ETHOFF festival." Illina Jakimovska, organiser, PhD, professor of Visual anthropology, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Skopje, Macedonia, November 2015
It has been exhibited at the ERSC Festival of Social Science> screening of Partners: exploring friendship and intimacy through documentary film (Manchester, UK, 2015), 1st ETNOFF - Student ETNO Film Festival (Skopje, Macedonia, 2015), Kratovo Ethnographic Film Festival (Skopje, Macedonia, 2014), EthnoCineca FilmClub (Vienna, Austria, 2013), Days of Ethnographic Film (Lubljana, Slovenia, 2012), International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (Montreal, Canada, 2012), Antropofest (Prague, Czech Republic, 2012), Caminhos do Cinema Português (Coimbra, Portugal, 2011)