This fruit has been part of our cultural history for centuries and is now threatened by extinction through monocropping and a looming epidemic. Ana Pérez López lets us take part in her internet expedition to explore the fate of the Gros Michel banana with alert humor. A finely drawn chronicle which also uses relics of the media and everyday history of the 20th century to retrace how telegenic the industry banana is and will remain. Even if it will soon cease to exist.
Girls are weird. Babies are weird. Bodies are extra weird. “Las del diente” is a film about now, a time when women are tired to choose between having kids and their careers. Days in which anomalies in the reproductive system are celebrated instead of stigmatized. This is my CalArts Experimental Animation MFA thesis film. [watch with password]
Eloisa [the video game]
If one is what one loves, my beloved nanny Eloisa was the saint Fray Leopoldo and both of them a part of me. Eloisa’s devotion was exclusive to this saint, not to the church, not to religion, just to the saint who, to her eyes, had made me pass all of high schooI’s exams. Despite my 80% atheism and 20 % agnosticism, I have never taken an exam without her or, after Eloisa’s death, my mother, lighting a candle “just in case”.
This video game was a class assignment for a documentary animation course at CalArts taught by Pia Borg. The prompt was to make the portrait of a person.
The statistics of gender inequality are surreal: women are 217 years away from equal pay according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report. The world can’t function properly without all it’s parts. This is a spot commissioned by the He for She (UN Women) campaign to close the gender pay gap. [full pitch]
A music festival is like a group of islands. An archipelago of stages that are part of a bigger entity: the festival. Each island is ruled by a band that determines the vibe, style and mood of the islanders.
American history has long been told as a triumphant march westward from the Atlantic coast, but in southern California, our history stretches back further in time. This episode explores the interconnected lives of three people who lived through California's transition from native land to Spanish colony and from Mexican province to American state. Featuring the stories of native teacher Toypurina, who led the revolt against the San Gabriel Mission, Spanish soldier Jose Marco Pico, who served at the mission, and his son Pio Pico, who became the last Mexican Governor of California.
Nominated to Best Culture/History Production in the 70th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.