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Presenting At My First Academic Conference!

I can not believe I just wrote that headline! Honestly, not a sentence I ever imagined I would utter in my lifetime – that I would be showing my work at an academic conference. Ever! But it is true! After nearly 4 months of very hard work, I am happy to announce that my animated short – A Star Named Carson – is ready to debut at Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference at John Cabot University in Rome! I am super happy with the video too! Relief!
Being the daughter of a University Librarian, I grew up around books. The Ballad of The Sad Cafe was my first grown up book. I think I was 12 when my mom brought it home for me to read. I fell in love with her writing style. The characters were strange yet relatable. Very relatable. Shortly after I read it. Mama brought home a copy of Dr Virginia Carr’s biography on Carson. As soon as I read the first line, my mind was blown.
It opens up with a young Carson and best friend going to the fair to see the midway sideshow. As a kid the fair was my favorite time of year as well. I lived for it. Of course the sideshow had nearly died out by the 70s, but my dad had lots of books. In fact after years of my daily handling of his copy of We Who Are Not As Others – the binding disintegrated and was just a pile of loose papers. It wasn’t just being born & raised in the same town, and the love of the fair and similar young obsessions, but being an oddball in a Deep South Bible Belt Town. Where people laughed at you for not falling in line. I hated growing up there, it was stifling and lonely. But as a 12 year old young person, reading her biography, it was almost like a lifeline to me. I thought “Look, she grew up here and managed to leave and do great things with her life, I can do it too!” It saved me.

I never imagined one day I would be animating her life story! Incredible! It’s come full circle. I am planning on releasing it online sometime in fall, as well as a digital music download, with remixes. Yes I did music! After a 7 year break – I’m back! Woo! Well I better get packing! Mamma and I leave in the morning! I jokingly told her “Hey, maybe this will be my new thing, doing the academic circuit, then I’ll be awarded an honorary doctorate in AWESOMENESS! Ha! More soon! oxo gd

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Carson McCullers Animated Short

I am very pleased and excited to announce that I will be making an animated short on the life and works of Carson McCullers! It will debut at Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference in Rome, Italy, 14-16 July 2017. I submitted a proposal to The Carson McCullers Society a few months back and got the good news this weekend! Yay! If you are not familiar with her work, she was an amazing Southern Gothic Author whose books came out in the 1940s-50s. She is also a hometown hero from Columbus, Georgia – just like me! I think I was about 12 when my mother brought home a copy of The Ballad of The Sad Cafe for me to read – A love story between a giant woman and rather small, hunchback man. The beauty of the grotesque in her book captivated my young mind and I was hooked. It also gave me hope as a young creative growing up in the stifling south. I thought, “she was from here and left and did something amazing – I can too!” She wrote other classics as well – The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, Member of The Wedding, Reflections in A Golden Eye. Some of her books were made into films, and she counted Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams as her contemporaries. A genius storyteller, years ahead of her time! So looking forward to this. If you would like to attend the conference click the pic above for info. Thank you to The Carson McCullers Society! More soon oxo

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Grande Dame Work Official Selection of The Gifers Festival

Quite pleased to be one of the few artists chosen to take part in the first annual We Are The Gifers Gif Festival in Turin Italy; as part of the Torino Contemporay Art Festival! My work will be screened at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, on November 5th. Sadly I wont be able to make it there in person this time, but fingers crossed for next year! Woo! Thank you We Are The Gifers! More soon… oxo GD

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New Video for Alabama 3 by ME!!! WOO!

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Ladies and Gentleman! I am very pleased to share my new work with you! I directed the latest video for Alabama 3’s new single – (I’ll Never Be) Satisfied. I kinda can’t believe I just wrote that! But yes – it’s true! I had a 3 year break from videos after The Trip, and honestly wasn’t sure when or if I would ever do another one – but was over the moon when they got in contact and plucked me out of video retirement! Of course it is psychedelic and a bit rude – natch – that’s the way I roll! Ha! It’s a killer track and was honestly a labour of love! I am super proud of it and still pinching myself that I got to work with my heros! Woo! Big thanx to Steve Finnerty from A3 for making it happen! And ladypat for the special fx help! Please share the link and as always – ENJOY! oxo gd
Facebook Vid Below click pic or here for you tube!

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Grande Dame Projections This Friday!

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I have been having a wonderful time with my friends maxin & relaxin up in the beautiful Sonoma Valley mountains… It’s so gorgeous and tranquil up here, with beautiful plants and bunny rabbits hopping about…
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And everywhere you look there is amazing art! Ha Ha! Of course the Ganesh is by me and is from my video – The Shakes. You can see it below. And if you’re coming down to 111 Minna Gallery this Friday for The Last Summer opening reception  I’ll be projecting my visuals through out the night! Pretty much 90% of my still work began as a moving image, so come witness its humble beginnings… Opening reception from 5pm – 2am… See ya soon! ooxo gd

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Headed Down The Trippy Trail

tripwebmovieposter4sm This morning my mother and I will take our yearly pilgrimage to our former home, and city we love so much – New Orleans. We will be taking the very same route I used in my epic animated short – The Trip! I thought it might be fitting to repost it. If you haven’t seen it, please do! But be forwarded – it is NSFW, and may cause offense to some. It took me a year and a half to make & nearly killed me! But I am happy to report that it is an Official Selection of The Spike & Mike Animation Festival. And will be screened at all there events over the next few years! Spike & Mike debuted Wallace & Grommit, South Park, Tim Burton, Mike Judge, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and many more animation luminaries – and now me! Yay! So enjoy my little road trip adventure! oxo gd

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The Trip London Premiere At The One Reeler Film Club!

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Ladies & Germs! The Lovely people at The One Reeler Film Club have asked to screen my short film – The Trip – at their film night next Tuesday Dec 9th at The Cinema Museum – The Old Lambeth Workhouse, Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), Kennington, SE11 4TH London. Afterwards Ill be doing a lil Director Q & A… There will be other shorts as well and the night is a good meet up point for local film makers… Also the building is a piece of film history – “Based in a former workhouse where Charlie Chaplin lived when his mother faced destitution, the museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day – a treat within itself. It’s a fantastic space with a dedicated bar where we can all share a drink, grab a snack, and of course where future film collaborations can be forged!” Wow! Gonna be a fun night indeedy! Doors open at 6:30. Films start at 7:30 & run until 9:30. Then drinks, mirth, merriment & mayhem! And it’s only a £5! So Oi Londoners! Join me at The One Reelers Club Next Tues! oxo gd

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