Joan Gratz and Joanna Priestley - from the Archive

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Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
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Animators Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz talk with S.W. Conser on Words and Pictures on KBOO Radio in April of 2009
Two of Portland's most-admired animators talk about their filmmaking process


In this encore episode from 2009, we visit two award-winning independent animation directors at their Portland studios.

Joanna Priestley is a filmmaker, teacher, producer, and festival organizer.  She’s best known for her abstract animation, most notably for North of Blue, which was named Best Feature Film at the 2018 Los Angeles Animation Festival.

Joan Gratz is best known for her short films made with clay-painting, including Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase.  She’s also created animated commercials for United Airlines and Coca-Cola, and worked on multiple projects for Will Vinton Studios and Laika Animation.

This conversation was originally recorded in April of 2009 at the Western Warehouse in Northwest Portland, where dozens of independent filmmakers have maintained their studios over the decades.

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