Coming Soon to
Coming Soon to
A very special PDX premiere of local animator Laura Di Trapani's latest short film, EXQUISITE CORPSE, along with a handful of her other short films. Laura and co. will also present other animations, speak on stage and provide a Q&A at the end.
Exquisite Corpse (15 mins 2023)
Laura Di Trapani- Director /Animator
Within the context of a trans-continental courtship, an East Indian man and an American woman try to find a common thread that can bring them together. Their correspondence becomes a dance of opposites, and like the parlor game from which the title of this film is derived, surprising connections are sometimes made. Other times, though, the lines of communication miss their mark. Based on an actual email correspondence, it is a cultural exchange both poignant and instructive, a breathtaking journey into impermanence, longing and the mystery of human consciousness. Exquisite Corpse incorporates a variety of techniques including hand drawn, time lapse, under water, live action photography as well as collage and shadow puppet animation. The imagery explores metaphors which reflect the trajectory of the conversation- providing an alternate narrative behind the actual spoken words.
Joining Ms. Di Trapani will be her partner, Dennis Lloyd Kuklok: a Landscape Architect and the world’s first (and only) Wishing Well Hydrologist. He also has, for over 30 years been an un-willing non-contributor of cartoons to The New Yorker magazine. Some of his best non-contributions will be featured during this presentation. He currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, where he encourages wild salmon spawning while using his forest to build a log residence of distinction.
LAURA DI TRAPANI (bio):
Laura Di Trapani has been creating dream-like personal films for over 20 years. Her films have been shown in numerous festivals around the world including Annecy International and Sundance. She received an Emmy for her contribution to the Sesame Street program and was a featured filmmaker at the Museum of Modern Art. Di Trapani also teaches 2D Animation, Visual Storytelling and the History of Animation at Portland State University.