SXSW, better know as South by Southwest Music and Film Festival is an international event held in Austin, Texas. This year I had the opportunity to go for the sole purpose of watching my daughter (and cover artist) and her high school animation team screen their animation short, Out of Reach. Their’s was one of 24 short films (of which 3 were animated) chosen out of who-knows-how-many to be screened and juried. A second team from her high school was also selected for their animated short, Goin’ Nuts. We will find out a winner on Tuesday evening.
High school students can come up with interesting (and dark) material to compete with anything a twisted adult can dream up. Maybe more so. Most of the shorts involved disturbing subject matter: cutting, shooting, throats cut, child abuse, kidnapping, torture, to mention a few off the top of my head. Weird, blood-letting videos aside, there were several redeeming and “pretty” films that I understood and enjoyed. There was one music rap video which I actually understood enough to enjoy. A few shorts were PSA or documentary material including one amazing video by an autistic boy on what it is like to be autistic (He said his mother made him do it. Go Mom!). I happened to sit directly in front of the 3 jurors and overhear some of their comments. The only comments I paid attention to were regarding our 2 teams.
Out of Reach earned several laughs and giggles from the audience and jurors, with a final collective comment of “Wow” from the judges. Goin’ Nuts got a resounding “That was nice” from one juror with agreement from the other 2. (YES!!)
Now, I do not care if either team wins the prize, in fact it is unlikely when compared to some of the live action shorts presented. I understand and do not envy the jurors decision-making to choose an overall winner. The fact that these 2 talented teams were selected for this prestigious event is a fine addition to a respectable portfolio or resume any day.
A mama was never more proud of her baby. I can’t wait to see what Myrtle Sue comes up with next.
This is a(nother) new venture for me. Over the past 3 years or so, I have started to write again, and am proud of the successful completion of my first novel, If You Touch My Mind. I self-published in August of 2015 and have been having a wonderful time sharing my efforts with others.
A little about me. I am a native Texan, married with two beautiful daughters (commonly referred to as The Myrtles: Ann and Sue). Myrtle Ann is the eldest, heading in the general career path of nursing and is engaged to a newly-bereted army ranger. Myrtle Sue is in an exciting chapter of life as a high school senior and budding animator. When I am not writing, I work as an occupational therapist, treating adults with a variety of conditions. I specialize in treating the lymphatic system, health and wellness challenges of all types.
It’s raining and bed is calling my name, so that’s all for now. Here’s to new ventures.