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JOY STREET
(24 min. 35mm film and video) 1995

An ambitious, astonishing story of a woman's journey from suicidal despair to personal renewal, with the help of an unlikely spirit guide.

"JOY STREET" premiered at the New York Film Festival and was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, winning BEST SHORT FILM at the Naples Film Festival and the GOLDEN GATE AWARD at the San Francisco International Film Festival. John Cooper of the Sundance Film Festival wrote about "JOY STREET", "Haunting animated paintings capture the isolation and distraught psyche of a suicidal woman....the film is beautiful one moment and disturbing the next". And Caryn James from The New York Times described the film as "Vivid, intriguing, and bizarre" while Anne Markowski from the Boston Sojourner described it as "A brilliant psychological parable".

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"Inventive, astonishing, and visually lush."
- The New York Times

"Dazzling!"
- San Francisco Chronicle

"Rare, gorgeous emotional power"
- The New York Times


"A superb example of animation's creative and intellectual potency."
-Time Out NY

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1995 New York Film Festival

1996 London Film Festival

1996 Sundance Film Festival

1996 Hiroshima International Festival of Animation

1996 Cardiff International Festival of Animation, England

1996 Oslo International Festival of Animation, Norway

1996 Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal

1996 24th Wellington Film festival, New Zealand

1996 Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel

1996 Black Maria Film Festival FIRST PRIZE

1996 San Francisco International Film Festival GOLDEN GATE AWARD

1996 Portland International Film Festival

1996 Cleveland International Film Festival

1996 South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin

1996 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

1996 Arizona International Film Festival

1996 Bumbershoot Film Festival, Seattle

1997 International Wildlife Film Festival, Montana MERIT AWARD

1998 National Educational Media Network GOLD APPLE AWARD


1997-1998 Broadcast on PBS, Channel Four in England, and PayTV in Germany

2005 Broadcast on The Sundance Channel

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