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Visiting Artist: Lorelei Pepi, internationally recognized independent animation filmmaker

Fri, Feb 28, 2014, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Communications, Studio C Room 150
University of California, Santa Cruz


Lorelei Pepi is an internationally award-winning independent animation filmmaker. Her work engages with issues of political and historical representation, the sexual body and the LGBT identity. Tools and methods are selected for the power of their relationship to each individual project, and are expressive through experimental, traditional, analog and digital means. She is nearing the end of production on her most current film, Happy and Gay, a “revisionist history” 1930’s b&w cartoon musical about representation, censorship and homophobia. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has screened competitively at international festivals such as Sundance, Rotterdam International, Oberhausen, Annecy, Holland Animation, Ottawa Animation Festival, SXSW and Ann Arbor. Fellowships and residencies include the MacDowell Colony and Harvard Film Studies Center Fellowship, and grants include the LEF Moving Image Fund and the Rhode Island School of Design Development Grant.