Over the last few months, our first short animation “RED” has been part of the official selection of the 2014NY Asian American Int’l Film Festival, Animation Block Party, and Blue Plum Animation Festival. It has won awards for Best Editting and Best Screenplay at Womens Independent Film Festival, and Best Animation at Asians On Film Festival's Spring Quarter and the Young Filmmakers Contest at Environmental Film Festival at Yale.
This cosmic animation is based on Fatimah Asghar’s poem about a woman’s struggle and self-affirmations as she explain to a lover what it feels like to be touched while on her menstrual cycle. It was co-directed by iambeyon and jessxchen , featuring music and sound design by M&O and anderslink .
Nobody really anticipated it coming this far and reaching the exposure it has, so this has been really amazing! Thank you for everyone who has worked on it, and the audiences who were there to witness the new languages created when spoken word poetry, mythology and hand drawn animation intersect. It is so important that the voices of women are being heard. You can buy tickets to the NYC premiere in the 2014 AIFF shorts program here: http://aaiff.org/2014/films/red/. Otherwise, look forward to an internet release through buttonpoetry before the end of this summer.
This is our first collaboration with Dark Noise Collective, an all poets-of-color collective, consisting of members: Fatimah Asghar, danezsmith , Aaron Samuels, Jamila Woods, and Franny Choi.