My Atlas is a summer event series that pairs films with live travelogues to explore the varied experiences of women travelers. Women take to the road for reasons of escape and pleasure, ambition and aimlessness, privileged choice and coercion. Feature films by male and female directors, spanning sixty years of cinema history, will focus on atypical representations of the female traveler in narrative cinema—as divorcees, drug mules, exiles, and drifters. Each film screening will be preceded by a speaker who will recount a specific travel story and/or discuss travel as a mode of self-understanding. My Atlas is curated by Sasha Archibald, Julia Meltzer and Courtney Stephens.
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Written, Directed and Edited by Matt Thiesen
Starring David Stanbra, Rich Knight, Kali Hawk, Mark Gaddis, Storm Lee, Justin Lee, Katrina McCullough, and Emily Banks.
Assistant Director - Justin Lee
Cinematography and Music by Austin Meredith
Moog Solo by Dr. Fink (from Prince and the Revolution)
This is an animated short based on Oscar Wilde's story "The Nightingale and the Rose".
In the story, a young man falls in love with a girl, who tells him that she will dance with him at the upcoming ball if he hands her a red rose. However, the boy only has white roses growing in his garden and he becomes very upset. A nightingale hears him crying and is taken by his story. The bird decides to get a red rose for him.
He flies to two different bushes asking them for a red rose, but they have only yellow and pink roses. He then flies to a bare bush that tells him that it can grow a red rose only if the nightingale gives up his life for it and sings to him the entire night as the thorn pierces his heart. The blood of the bird will help to grow a beautiful red rose. So the bird decides to do this and kills himself.
The next day, the boy finds the flower and brings it to the girl. The girl responds that another man gave her jewelry and that is a far more expensive gift than any flower...and rejects him.
Drawings are all hand painted with watercolors.
Music: "Nocturne" by Alexander Borodin