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You are invited to First Frame at the DGA Theatre.
Friday, April 21st, 7:30pm, no reservations necessary.
The program consists of 26 original student animations.
Here are the details and clips:
We Are the Immigrants (5:56) Play Video Thesis
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A poetic portrayal of the hardships experienced by a small group of immigrants as they attempt to cross the border illegally.

cantalicia@gmail.com
catalinamatamoros.com
Festivals:
An!Imarte, MOV Festival, Human Rights FF, Official Latino Short FF.

Catalina Matamoros Puerto, MFA 2016

Homesick Solution (1:16) Play Video Intro to the Art of Animation
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A homemade recipe that becomes a homesick solution for me.

Today (6:26) Play Video Senior Project
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Father and daughter team up to tell a story of adventure, asparagus, and secret agents to pass the time before they return home from the hospital.

KatNDuffy@gmail.com
KDuffy.squarespace.com

Katherine Duffy, BA 2016

Yuan (1:28) Play Video Intro to the Art of Animation
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Moments I remember about a friend that passed away.

8 O'clock Shadow (3:37) Play Video Production 1
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An insecure girl grows facial hair when her boyfriend proposes to her in a restaurant.


Jiexi Wang, MFA 2016

The Eyes (5:00) Play Video Senior Project
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A being starts to grow extra eyes.

Snipurr (2:27) Play Video Senior Project
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A cat's quest to catch the elusive red dot.

Tiny Monster (1:30) Play Video Introduction to the Art of Animation
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A tiny monster fights for his freedom with the painter who created him.

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Chenglin Xie, MFA 2019

Tale of a Seed (8:35) Play Video Thesis
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A little boy's journey to find the most special place to plant his golden seed.

One Night in Taipei (3:26) Play Video Documentary Animation Production Class
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Junyi Xiao decided to take a vacation in Taipei. What he found surprised him.

ssofian@cinema.usc.edu

Sheila Sofian's Documentary Animation Production class, Spring 2016:
Amir Arzanian - DADA MFA 2018
Ginger Fan Chiang - Visiting Artist from Taiwan
Mayra Flores - DADA MFA 2017
Nicholas Manting Brewer - CAPR MFA 2016
Catalina Matamoros Puerto - DADA MFA 2016
Kristen Nelson - DADA BA 2016
Rachel Victor - CPNS BS 2016
Junyi Xiao - DADA MFA 2017
Alicja Jasina - DADA MFA 2016

Bølge (2:44) Play Video Senior Project
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A brain-damaged box person gets manipulated by an old acquaintance.

khmccurdy@aol.com
khmccurdy.wordpress.com
Festivals:
SFIndie's Another Hole in the Head, Tampa Bay Underground FF

Kevin McCurdy, BA Minor in Animation

Once a Hero (8:20) Play Video Thesis
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A schoolboy who wants to become a superhero is forced to make a difficult choice when classmates bully his friend.

Round House Jam (2:24) Play Video Expanded Animation
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An instrumental jam session performed by a group of animals around their campfire.

patradol42697@gmail.com
patradolk.com

Petradol Kitcharoen, MFA 2019

Sweet Dreams (1:04) Play Video Intermediate Animation Production
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A girl takes a chilling journey through a nightmare and discovers the horrors that make up her subconscious mind.

Karma (3:51) Play Video Production 1
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A boy meets a fish in a mysterious forest.

franklinokike1@gmail.com
zzyfish89@gmail.com
franklinokike.com
petezhou.com
California International Shorts Festival (Best Animated Short), 12th Athens Animation Festival (Distinction Award), Rochester International Film Festival (Honorable Mention)

Franklin Okike, MFA 2017
Peter Zhou, MFA 2017

Voyant (3:33) Play Video Production 1
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What will the world be like, if people don't talk, but just stare at each other instead.

sp21030@hotmail.com
yuyustopmotion.wixsite.com/yuyu
Golden Harvest Awards 39, ANNY2016 (Best Animation), Indie-AniFest, CutOut Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival, Taiwan International Student Design Competition (Digital Animation Category, Bronze Prize)

Yu Yu, MFA 2018

More (1:00) Play Video Intermediate Production
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A music video anthem that cautions viewers about the media we feed on and how the social behaviors we practice can add up.

For Educational Purposes Only (3:10) Play Video Production 1
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It's just a big bunch of baloney.

Once Upon a Line (7:06) Play Video Thesis
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A man leads a monotone, humdrum existence until he suddenly falls in love.

alicja.jasina@gmail.com
onceuponalineonline.com
alicjajasina.com
Festivals
Academy Awards, Animated Short category (shortlisted), Student Academy Awards (Gold Winner), Animasyros International FF (Best Student Film Award), Mountain Shadow FF (Best Short Film), Polish Film Festival (Hollywood Eagle Award for the Best Animated Short), Tofuzi International Festival of Animated Films (Best Direction)

Alicja Jasina, MFA 2016

Drifting (1:29) Play Video Expanded Animation
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We drift in space through a drifting ship of sand.

aestarita@gmail.com
aestarita.com

Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero, MFA 2019

Lion Dance (6:00) Play Video Thesis
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It's love at first sight for Jian and Ayumi; but how can they find each other during the busy Lion Dance parade?

liondancefilm@gmail.com
facebook.com/liondancefilm
vimeo.com/liondance
Festivals: Canadian Diversity FF (Best Short Animation); Best Shorts Competition (Award of Excellence: Animation Student), Los Angeles Film Awards (Best Student Film), International Independent Film Awards (Platinum Award Winner - Student Film), Speechless Film Festival (Best of Show: Animation/Experimental), 43rd Student Academy Awards (Shortlisted)

Tim Pattinson and Zheng Kang, MFA 2016

Last Judgment (2:59) Play Video Animation Design and Production
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50 years ago in China, a man was involved in a violent group.

allenxiao9051@gmail.com
junyixiao.com
KROK International (Best Student Film), 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (Winner), Annecy International, Hiroshima Animation Festival (Stars of Students), Anima Mundi, Brazil

Junyi Xiao, MFA 2017

Mosquito: The Bite of Passage (7:03) Play Video Thesis
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A mosquito on her first hunting trip with her mother tries to confess that she doesn't like blood.

brianvincentrhodes@gmail.com
brianvincentrhodes.com
erichenganimation.weebly.com/animation
Festivals:
New Orleans FF, Edmonton FF, Africa International FF, Haryana FF (Best Animation), China New Media International

Eric Cheng, MFA 2015
Brian Rhodes, MFA 2015

Simoom (1:45) Play Video Experiments in Immersive Design
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Simoom is an immersive visual poem, with a hint of mysticism, exploring the feeling of being trapped in a sublime display of awful nature.

evantedlock@gmail.com
evantedlock.com

Evan Tedlock, MFA 2018

Anicca (6:07) Play Video Senior Project
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A visual music experience using motion capture of dance, exploring the concept of impermanence.

csweetcoll@gmail.com
vimeo.com/csweetcoll
Festivals:
VRSC Festival (1st place in 360 Animation)

Cecilia Sweet-Col, BA 2016

No Reservations or RSVPs. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
Program begins at 7:30pm sharp at the DGA. There is ample parking in the lot under the building.

For more information:
email: firstframe@cinema.usc.edu
DADA website: anim.usc.edu