You might have to be an art historian to make sense of this one - but not for enjoying the visual treat created by Joan Gratz.
Monalisa Descending A Staircase is a 7-minute film by director Joan Gratz. Using the innovative technique of clay painting, the artist and filmmaker Joan Gratz takes the viewer on an amazing colorful journey through the development of modern art from Van Gogh to Warhol. This short film won an Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film. It consists of a series of animated reproductions of major art works, primarily from the 20th century, and has an unusual technique for moving from one picture to another.
The Made By Women 2005 International Women's Film Festival is now on a tour around India, with the British Council's support. The Festival is the brainchild of Meenakshi Shedde, former film critic with The Times Of India, and Point Of View, a non-profit organisation from Mumbai.
Point Of View is a non-profit organisation that explores the viewpoints of women through different media — books, theatre, photography and films. During the previous tour, in 2004, there were a range of films from Samira Makhmalbaf’s The Apple to Jane Campion’s Sweetie. This festival was held in collaboration with the Federation Of Film Societies Of India, and went on a national tour of eight cities.
The gratifying reponse convinced them to return, with Bishakha Datta as the festival director, for another national tour of eight cities during April and May 2005 - Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad and Pune.
B>Name: Monalisa Descending A Staircase
Director: Joan Gratz
Length: 7 minutes
Awards: Oscar Award (Best Short Film)
Bombay International Documentary Short and Animation Film Festival (Best Animation Film)
Melbourne International Film Festival (Best Short Animation)
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