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EDUCATION

M.F.A., The University of Southern California, Film Production.
B.A., Brown University, Magna cum Laude, Comparative Literature; Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS, AND DISTINCTIONS

2016
Orange County Artist Project Grant, from the Orange County Arts Commission, for site-specific play Rap’unzel.
Hillsborough Tourism Board Grant, for site-specific play Rap’unzel.
2013 Winner, best New Media, from the University Film and Videomakers’ Association for 3 Waves.
2012
Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2012 Semifinalist.
2011
Experimental Grit award at the Indie Grits Film Festival, for Daphne 2.0.
Daphne 2.0 selected for the Animation Project at the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Honorable Mention in Experimental Filmmaking from the University Film and Videomakers’ Association, for Daphne 2.0.
2010
Institute for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Winner, Best Animation at the Carrboro Film Festival, for Daphne 2.0
2008
”Innovations in New Media” award from the University Film and Videomakers’ Association.
2007
Winner of WGBH’s Open Call for Short Films: won a commission to produce an animation called The End of the World.
Carolina Women’s Center Scholar.
2006
Kauffman Fellowship.
NEH seminar participant, 6 weeks at the American Academy of Rome, summer.
2004
Quintet (producer/animator): collection of five animations. Selected to represent the best of public television from the US at Input 2004, Barcelona. That year, only five PBS shows were selected to represent the US by Input’s international jury.
2003 Institute for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Honorable Mention in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival for The Planets.
Best Experimental Film at the Nashville International Film Festival for The Planets.
Best North Carolina filmmaker at the HiMom Film Festival for The Planets.
2002
Best Experimental film at the University Film and Video Association for Love Defined.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting travel grant, to attend INPUT conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
2001
Best Animation at the Adobe Digital Cinema Festival for Life Jacket.
Best film under 15 minutes at the Damah Spiritual Film Festival for three animations, Life Jacket, I Exist, and On Writing Hat Poems.
Best Independent Film Comedy from the Christopher Wetzel Memorial Fund: $2,500 award for Snake Tales.
2000
Yaddo Resident Artist.
Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee.
1999
Best Screenplay at the Brussels International Independent Film Festival, Belgium, for Snake Tales.
Lumière Award at the New Orleans Film Festival for Snake Tales.
Best picture (second place) at the Zoie Film Festival, Atlanta GA, for Snake Tales.
Best Music at the Zoie Film Festival, Atlanta GA, for Snake Tales.
Gold Award at the Houston International Film Festival, for Snake Tales.
Audience Award (first place) at ValleyFest, Knoxville, TN, for Snake Tales.

GRANTS

2011 Innovation Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill, for The Uncanny Valley.
2009 Humanities and Fine Arts Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, for The Bathysphere.
University Research Council, UNC-Chapel Hill: Research Grant for The Bathysphere.
Performing Arts Award, UNC-Chapel Hill for The Bathysphere.
2007 University Research Council, UNC-Chapel Hill: Publication grant for duplication and dissemination of animation The End of the World.
2004 University Research Center, UNC-Chapel Hill: Publication grant, for Gallery Show at DesignBox, Raleigh.
2003 Junior Faculty Development grant.
2002 University Research Center, UNC-Chapel Hill: Publication grant for The Planets.
ITVS: The Independent Television Service, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for Poetry in Motion.
Latino Public Broadcasting for Poetry in Motion.
2001 City of Austin Cultural Contract for Poetry in Motion.
2000 City of Austin Cultural Contract for Poetry in Motion.

EXHIBITION

VIDEO FOR THEATER AND DANCE

Video Designer for Pericles at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015; The Folger Theater, Washington DC., 2015; The Guthrie, Minneapolis, 2016.
Video Designer for Hamlet at the Folger Theater, Washington DC., running April 29 – June 6, 2010.
Video Designer for Palm Quart, a video score for string quartet; with Randy Hostetler, composer.
Performed at the RedCat Theater, Los Angeles, Jan. 29 and 30, 2010.
Video Designer for Burning Coal’s production of Terry Johnson’s Hysteria, running Nov. 6 – 27, 2008, Raleigh, NC.
Video Designer for Playmakers’ production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, running September 27 – Oct. 12, 2008.
Selected for the World Stage Design Gallery Exhibition, Sept. 17 – 21, 2009, Seoul, Korea.
Rain (concept and video; worked in collaboration with dancer Tracy Ulloms)
Performed at Moore Square, as part of SPARKcon’s Art Night, Raleigh, Sept. 22, 2007.
Also performed at the Cucalorus International Film Festival, Nov. 7, 2007.
Video Designer for It’s Only Bad if You Get Caught (dance choreographed by Linda Larssen);
Performed at the Cucalorus International Film Festival, November 7, 2007.
Performed at the NC Dance Festival, Feb. 23, 2008.

INSTALLATIONS

Phases of the Moon – Concept and Design. Uses two windows on the corner of Fayetteville and Hargett Streets in Raleigh, NC, curated by Block 2 Gallery. Airs every evening from August 4 to September 26, 2011.

Thalia – Concept and Design. Thalia was made specifically for Thalian Hall, a Wilmington NC theater built in 1858. The installation was up on November 13 and 14, 2010.

The Bathysphere – co-principal investigator with Professor Greg Welch, Department of Computer Science. An immersive, interactive environment which simulates an aquarium. Installed in the 1822 building Gerrard Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, for 5 days during the CHAT festival, Feb. 16 – 20, 2010.

Genesis: Mishaps in the Kitchen One-woman gallery show at DesignBox, Raleigh.
Nine Video installations running continuously, July 6- 28, 2007.
Three of the installations were invited to display at the Materializing Communication and Rhetoric symposium at NC State, Sept. 25-26, 2009.
Two installations invited to display at SPARKcon’s Experimental Video Lounge, produced by Visual Art Exchange, the oldest non-profit arts organization in Raleigh; Sept. 17-20, 2009.
Five installations invited to display at the Ybor City Campus Art Gallery, March 23-28, 2011.

FILM

Murphy’s Chang (producer, animator) 2 minutes.
Music Video for Peter Lamb and the Wolves.

Daphne 2.0 (co-producer, co-animator with Marc Russo) 4 minutes.
A re-telling of Ovid’s myth by the same name. See above for awards.

Ant Farm 1969-71: Early Underground Adventures with Space, Land, and Time
Co-Animator for the first documentary about the renegade 1970s architecture collective most recognized for the iconic land-art piece, Cadillac Ranch. The animations were created from the sketchbooks that one of the key players of the collective kept during his years with Ant Farm.
The documentary has received funding from: Humanities Texas, the State affiliate for the NEH
The Austin Film Society
The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The End of the World (producer, animator), 4 minutes.
BROADCASTS
Contract with South Carolina’s ETV (SC PBS station) for 8 screenings in 4 years, 2007-2011.
Contract with Houston PBS (KUHT-TV) for statewide broadcast Feb. 2008 to Feb. 2009.
MUSEUM AND THEATRICAL SCREENINGS
The Light Factory, Charlotte, May 17, 2007.
SparkCon, Raleigh, Sept. 23, 2007.
ManBitesDog, Durham, June 7, 2007.

A Brief History of Voting (producer, animator), 4 minutes.
FESTIVALS
Carolina Film and Video Festival, February 2005.
Cucalorus Film Festival, April 2005.
Riverrun Film Festival, April 2005.
BROADCASTS
Broadcast across the South on “Southern Lens,” a program produced by SCTV-South Carolina. January 5, 2005.
Broadast on local PBS stations across Texas, on “The Territory,” produced by SWAMP (the SouthWest Alternative Media Project). December 2004.
Broadcast ten times on WYBE-Philadelphia, the 5th largest PBS market, November 2004.
Broadcast on 26 different local PBS markets shortly before the November 2004 election.
Broadcast 10 times on Drexel University Television (400,000 homes), between July and November 2006.
DVD DISTRIBUTION
Three-year distribution licensing agreement with Ironweed Films (2008-2011).
MUSEUM AND THEATRICAL SCREENINGS
Pioneer Theater, New York, NY, August 2004.
Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, September 2004.
Carolina Theater, Durham, September 2004.
Colony Theater, Raleigh, September 2004.
The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, October 2004.
Southern Oregon University, October 2004.
Theater Palisades, Los Angeles, October 2004.
The University of California at Berkeley, October 2004.
Reel Democracy, Screenland Theater, Kansas City, MO, Oct. 2004.
Bend Film, Bend Oregon, October 2004.
Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX, October 2004.
Take Back Democracy Festival, Denver, CO, October 2004.
Louis Wofson II Florida Moving Image Archive, Miami Dade Public Library, Oct. 2004.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: A Brief History of Voting Sept. 06.
CONFERENCE SCREENING
University Film and Videomakers’ Association, August 2005.

Dancing Dog (producer, animator), 3 minutes.
FESTIVALS
Ann Arbor Int’l Film Fest, March 2004
DC Int’l Film Fest, March 2004
Cucalorus Int’l Film Fest, march 2004
Dallas Video Festival, July 2004
Palm Springs International Film Festival, September 2004
MUSEUM AND THEATRICAL SCREENINGS
Screened at the Light Factory in Charlotte, May 2004.
Screened continuously at the Warren Theaters in Wichita Kansas, Spring 2005.
Screened at the NC Museum of Arts, Raleigh, NC, March 2006

The Planets (producer, animator), 6 minutes.
A subjective journey through the nine planets of our solar system, this film features a technique I call “Liquid Pictures,” which I researched and developed over seven years.
FESTIVALS
Sundance Film Festival, January 2003.
San Francisco Independent Film Festival, February 2003.
Ann Arbor Film Festival, March 2003.
New York Underground Film Festival, March 2003.
Cucalorus Film Festival, March 2003.
Riverrun Film Festival, April 2003.
Nashville Film Festival, April 2003.
Atlanta Film Festival, May 2003.
Montreal World Film Festival, August 2003.
Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2003.
L’Etrange Festival, Paris, France, September 2003.
Festival de Cinema Independente, Barcelona, November 2003.
Augsburg Independent Film Festival, Germany, November 2003.
Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France, Dec. 2003.
Anthology Film Archives: Fresh Film Series, December 2003.
Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence, France, Dec. 2003
La Enana Marron, Madrid, Spain, January 2004.
Arizona Film Festival, April 2004
Expresion in Corto International Film Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, June 2007.
MUSEUM AND THEATRICAL SCREENINGS
Madstone Theaters, Cary, NC: week-end run, March 7-9, 2003.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh: March 28, 2003.
Carolina Theater, Durham: week-long run April 7-14, 2003.
Tivoli Theater, St. Louis, MO.: week-long run, April 18-25, 2003.
The Light Factory Gallery, Charlotte, NC.: May 2003.
Exploris, Raleigh, Oct. 2005.
The Lady Island Theater, Beaufort SC, screenings for 3 nights, Feb. 2006.

Poetry in Motion (producer, animator)
This is a series of eight animations which illustrate eight different poems. The first three animations were funded by a City of Austin Cultural Contract, in collaboration with Austin PBS station KLRU. On the strength of the first three animations, I received a grant from ITVS for the next five animations.
Each animation is available to PBS national for broadcast as an interstitial. Also, KLRU has uplinked the animations, making each one available for download to individual PBS stations across the country.

BROADCASTS
Quintet (producer/animator) 6 minutes: compilation of five animations.
Broadcast on PBS National after Great Performances: Dance in America, January 28, 2004. Compilation commissioned by WNET.
Quartet (producer/animator) 6 minutes: compilation of four animations.
Broadcast on Houston PBS (KUHT-TV) as part of “the Territory,” produced by the Soutwest Alternative Media Project, 2005.
Broadcast three times on UNC-TV, Oct. 2004, and April, 2005.
Broadcast twenty-three times on WYBE-Philadelphia, the 5th largest PBS market, November 2004.

FESTIVALS
Rio Grande (producer/animator) 1 minute. An animated interpretation of a poem by Enrique Cabrera.
Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, July 2003.
Festival Cine Latino, San Francisco, September 2003.
Miami International Film Festival, February 2004.
Dallas Video Festival, July 2004.

Nonsense Poems (producer/animator) 2:30 minutes
Edward Lear, who wrote The Owl and the Pussycat, also wrote dozens of Nonsense Poems. This animation interprets four Nonsense Poems.
Mill Valley Film Festival, Mill Valley, October 2003.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 2003.
Dallas Video Festival, July 2004.

Sometimes A Man… (producer/animator) 1:15 minutes.
An interpretation of Rainer-Maria Rilke’s poem by the same title.
Los Angeles Film Festival, July 2003.
Heaven Gallery, Chicago, Sept. 2005.

I Reason (producer/animator), 1 minute.
An interpretation of Emily Dickinson’s poem by the same title.
Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago: Digital Invitational, Nov. 2002.
Siena International Short Film Festival, November 2002.
San Francisco Independent Film Festival, February 2003.
Dallas Video Festival, March 2003.
Cucalorus Film Festival, March 2003.
Shorts! International Film Festival Amsterdam, April 2003.
Seattle Film Festival, May 2003.
Heaven Gallery, Chicago, Sept. 2005.

Love Defined (producer/animator), 5 minutes.
Sao Paolo International Film Festival, November 2001.
Deep Ellum Film Festival, November 2001.
Marco Island Film Festival, November 2001.
Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany, October 2001.
Texas Media Arts Conference, October 2001.
Austin Film Festival, October 2001.
Maui International Short Film Festival, September 2001.
Cinematexas International Competition, September 2001.
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, August 2001.
Selected for the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase, sponsored by the Houston Film Commission. Directors’ Guild screening, June 2001.
Adobe Digital Cinema Festival, Siggraph, Los Angeles, August 2001.
Great Plains Film Festival, July 2001.
Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival, March 2006.
BROADCASTS
Broadcast throughout Texas as part of “The Territory,” Sep. 2002.
Broadcast on KERA, Dallas and North Texas PBS station, as part of “Frame of Mind” showcase, February 2002.
MUSEUM SCREENING
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas, October 2001.
New Austin Film and Video: installation at 1/4 Hora Project Space (as work in progress); 2 weeks in February 2001.

The first three animations I produced for “Poetry in Motion” were submitted as a package to various festivals. They are:
Life Jacket (producer/animator) 2:30 minutes.
Based on a poem by Susan Bright, published by Plain View Press.
I Exist (producer/animator) 2 minutes. Based on a poem by Angela Villarreal Ratliff, published by Cielo Publications.
On Writing Hat poems (producer/animator) 1:30 mins. Based on a poem by Marvin G. Kimbrough, published in Entelechy, a poetry quarterly.
FESTIVALS
Deep Ellum Film Festival, November 2001.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas, October 2001.
Texas Media Arts Conference, October 2001.
Austin Film Festival, October 2001.
Digital Divas, Austin, Texas, September 2001.
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, August 2001.
“Independence Edition,” screening of Independent Exposure in Seattle, July 2001.
Selected for the Texas Filmmakers’ Showcase, sponsored by the Houston Film Commission. Screened at the Directors’ Guild, June 2001.
American Cinemathèque, Los Angeles, August 2002.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Jan. 2006.
MUSEUM SCREENING
Guggenheim Museum, New York: “Drama Queens, Women Behind the Camera” March 2001.
Exploris, Raleigh, Oct. 2005.
BROADCASTS
Excerpt broadcast on PBS national through EGG the Arts Show: “Meet the Micrecians” episode, October 2001.
Broadcast throughout Texas as part of “The Territory,” a Southwest Alternative Media Program, April 17, 2002, and September 2002.
Broadcast on KERA, Dallas and North Texas PBS station, as part of “Frame of Mind” showcase, February 2002.
Broadcast on KLRU-Austin, February 2001 – February 2002.

Snake Tales, writer, producer, director, picture editor, and title sequence and special effects animator. 91 minutes.
A feature-length film completed in November 1998, Snake Tales is an adaptation of the Arabian Nights to Texas folklife. Shot entirely in Texas, with local cast and crew.
FESTIVALS
Mumbai International Independent Film Festival, India, Nov. 2000.
Maine International Independent Film Festival, July 2000.
Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, February 2000.
Kansas City Filmmakers’ Jubilee, January 2000.
Brussels International Independent Film Festival, Belgium, Nov. 1999.
Ohio Independent Film Festival, November 1999. St. Louis International Film Festival, November 1999.
New Orleans International Film Festival, October 1999.
Rhode Island International Film Festival, August 1999.
Canadian International Annual Film and Video Festival, July, 1999.
Grahamstown Arts Festival, South Africa, June 1999.
Zoie Film Festival, Atlanta, GA. May 1999.
Johns Hopkins Film Festival, Baltimore, MD. April 1999.
Cucalorus Film Fest, Wilmington, N.C. April 1999.
WorldFest Houston, April 1999.
Valley Fest, Knoxville, TN., March 1999. US Comedy Arts Festival, Aspen, CO., March 1999.
Austin Film Festival, Sneak Preview, October 1998.
THEATRICAL SCREENING
Two-week run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, June 2001.
DISTRIBUTION
Cable rights purchased by Warner Bros. Cable, November 2000.


INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

2008 The University of North Carolina at Greensboro: “Beyond the Rectangle”.
Salem College: “Recent Media Works by Francesca Talenti”
2006 Visiting Artist, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Design School in Doha, Qatar, 4/13 to 4/23.
2005 Selected for the Southern Circuit Artist Tour: Jan. 31 to Feb. 8 Presentations at:
Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg VA
Clemson University, Clemson SC
The Nickelodeon Theater, Columbia SC
Arts Alliance of Beaufort, Beaufort SC
The Capri Theater, Montgomery, AL
Millsaps College, Jackson MS
2004 Visiting Artist, Morocco.
“Animation: Art and Process” lecture at:
Faculté des Lettres, Mohammedia University, Morocco, 3/18/04
Dar America, Casablanca, Morocco, 3/18/04
F.O.L., Casablanca, 3/29/04
Villa des Arts, Casablanca 3/20/04
Ecole des Beaux Arts, Tetouan, Morocco 3/22/04
Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco 3/23/04: University-wide lecture.
2003 Maine International Film Festival: “The Short Films of Francesca Talenti.” Two 90-minute presentations; invited.
Panelist at the Riverrun Film Festival: “Making the Short Film.”
2002 Azores International Film Festival: “American Independent Animation.”
Invited presentation of my animations over two consecutive evenings.
University of Massachussetts at Amherst: “Recent Works.”
Invited scholarly lecture for the International Women Filmmakers Seminar.
2001 Austin Museum of Art: lecture on the work of Luca Buvoli, artist and animator.
2000Panelist at the Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden: “Independent Filmmaking.”
Kansas City Art Institute guest lecture: “The Art and Craft of Story-Telling.”
Lecture presentation of Renoir’s “Boudu Sauvé des Eaux,” for the Alliance Française of Austin.
1999 Panelist at the St. Louis Independent Film Festival: New Filmmakers Forum.
Panelist at the Women Filmmakers’ Symposium, New York, NY: “Survival Skills.”
Panelist at the New Orleans Film Festival: “New Voices in Independent Filmmaking”
Panelist at the Houston International Film Festival: “Directing the Independent Feature Film.”
Lecture presentation of Renoir’s Rules of the Game for the Alliance Française of Austin.