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Film Series Features Digital Animator James Duesing


February 14, 2011
Press Release #11-012

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St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Fourth Annual Theater, Film, and Media Studies (TFMS) Film Series continues with screenings of works by filmmaker James Duesing, followed by a chance to discuss the works with him. This screening at 8:15 p.m. Monday, February 21, will be the second of three consecutive Monday night screenings taking place in Cole Cinema of the Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public; however, one film is for viewers older than high school age. For further information about the film series, the filmmakers, and their programs of animation, visit TFMS’ web site at http://www.smcm.edu/tfms/season20102011.html#fourth.

Animation historian Robert Russett said of Duesing’s digital animations, “Characteristically composed of dark fantasy worlds and strange hybrids of animals and humans, Duesing’s digital animation offers comical and eccentric reflections on human interactions and desires in an increasingly violent and polluted world.” A professor in electronic and time-based art at Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, Duesing has had hundreds of exhibitions throughout the world in major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; at film festivals, including Sundance and Ars Electronica; and for broadcast, including on MTV and Showtime.

TFMS's film series offers a range of films using animation and collage. The previous screening featured animator Karen Aqua. Concluding the film series will be a screening by cutout animator and collagist Lewis Klahr of California Institute of Arts (Feb. 28).

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.