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Tin House Reels: Corrie Francis Parks

Tin House Reels is proud to screen Corrie Francis Parks’s sand animation, “A Tangled Tale.” A two year labor of love, the film was funded through a Kickstarter campaign and a Big Sky Film Grant by the Montana Film Office.

For each frame of the film, Parks maneuvered beach sand on an illuminated light­box, a technique she credits to the artist Caroline Leaf. Parks captured each frame with a digital camera before reworking the sand, a process that destroys each image as the she progresses. “It’s a high ­consequence form of animation, because there is no way to go back and make corrections,” Parks said from her Montana studio. “That forward momentum is what carries me through the long hours under the camera.”

“A Tangled Tale” was an official selection for this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the longest­ running animation festival in the world. It has also screened at several other festivals including AnimaMundi, DOK Leipzig and the Palm Springs International ShortsFest.

Sound for the film was created by Chicago artist Cole Pierce and Mark Orton, a founding member of the eclectic chamber group Tin Hat and a Sundance Institute Fellow.

A Tangled Tale from Corrie Francis Parks on Vimeo.

As a bonus, we are also including this wonderful behind the scenes look at the making of the project.

Corrie and her creative team will be holding a “Hang Out” starting at 2pm PST.  If you would like to discuss sound design, animation, independent filmmaking, Kickstarter, etc., add A Tangled Tale to your Google+ circles to get an invitation. They will also be taking questions via Twitter: @tangledtlaefilm

Corrie Francis Parks is a freelance animator and photographer based in Montana. An alumna of Dartmouth College and University of Southern California, her award-winning films have been exhibited at over 100 national and international film festivals on every continent except Antarctica. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Fundación Valparaíso, a Fulbright Fellow to New Zealand, and a recipient of a Sierra Foundation Grant for her work in experimental photography.

Tin House Reels is a weekly feature on The Open Bar dedicated to the craft of short filmmaking. Curated by Ilana Simons, the series features videos by artists who are forming interesting new relationships between images and words.
We are now accepting submissions for Tin House Reels. Please upload your videos of 15 minutes or less to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link of your work to tinhousereels@gmail.com. You may also send us a file directly.




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