Dear Friends! I had planned on waiting until after my presentation at The Carson McCullers Centre to share the video, but as today is her birthday (and as a protest to Presidents Day and the Patriarchy in general!), I decided to go ahead and release it to the world! Plus I needed a lift, as everything with this project but the video has gone sideways! I want to first thank Carson for creating her wonderful wordsmith tapestries that captured my young mind, and to Dr Virginia Carr for her fabulous biography which gave me a lifeline to persevere in the Deep South! Also Dr Carlos Dews for lighting the spark! To Pete Zivkovic and Ade Meehan for co-writing the music with me. Dominic Glover for the brilliant trumpet, Peter J Bowling for the fab mix, Audio Masters for the mastering, Rowan Bailey for the additional animation help; and lastly to Mamma for all your support! If you aren’t familiar with Carson’s incredible work – watch the vid, then go to your local library and check out a book and immerse yourself in her incredible worlds! Thank you for watching! Maybe see some local Columbusites at her childhood home later! Please share far and wide! I’ve only been working on it all year! Ha! Enjoy! More soon! oxo GD
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Dear friends! I have a new print available – Introducing Capote Vibes LTD Edition Giclee by Grande Dame. Of course it is the image of my current show – Electric Crazyland which is on at The St Leonard Pub for the next few months.
Make a statement with this Pop Art Portrait of Truman Capote – the legendary Southern Gothic author & party host extraordinaire! It’s LUSH TO THE MAX! The colors, as per usual, are bright and vibrant & lift you up to that feel good place! Ltd run of 100, 16″ by 20″. Printed on gorgeous Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Archival Paper 308 GSM; and will never fade! Add some fun to your walls now! Click pix or here for deets!
More soon! OXO GD
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
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
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
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
Ladies & Gentlemen! After a long wait, I am happy to finally present my animated short – The Trip – for your viewing pleasure! I must say it is NSFW! It is rude, crude and most likely offensive to some. But to me it was truly a labour of love, and ode if you will to my southern upbringing. I have never worked so hard on anything in my life as I did with this short. It took me a year and a half to make and it’s only 5 minutes long! To be honest tho, it was about 7 months if I condensed it down. The reason it took so long was the action was narrative driven. Normally my videos tend to be loose and whimsical. So to have the drawings match the words was tedious to say the least! After I made it, I was so pleased with myself and entered it in several film festivals, only to get rejection after rejection. I was disillusioned and wondered if I had gone mad? To spend that much time on one thing and not get in any festivals was a bitter pill to swallow. But then I heard from one festival who explained that “they had to think of their sponsors” and my material had been too risqué. Ha ha! But then the Mount Olympus of rude animation – Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation – came calling and not only liked it, but offered me a licensing agreement to show it at their screenings, and I knew I had not wasted a year and a half! That was the icing on the cake and legitimised all my efforts. I want to thank ladypat, Angus Dick, & Kirsten Caufield for their help, as well as my band, and lastly my mother who drove me more than 100 times down the I-10 highway from Georgia to New Orleans and back and forth again and again. So many happy memories on that journey that inspired a chilling, comedy, redneck horror! Thanx mamma! If you like the short, remember it is available as a comic book and on limited edition teal vinyl! And with out further adieu I give you – The Trip – enjoy! oxo gd