SEAFF 2016 | An Ecstatic Experience

Director | Ja’Tovia M. Gary

An Ecstatic Experience is an invocation and a meditation on transcendence as a means of restoration and resistance.

Ja’Tovia Gary is a Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker. She earned her MFA in Filmmaking from New York’s School of Visual Arts. Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including Frameline, Atlanta Film Festival, Toronto Inside Out and Ann Arbor Film Festival. Gary is a founding member of the New Negress Film Society, a collective who prioritizes creating exhibition spaces for Black women filmmakers. She is a Sundance Institute fellow and a Jerome Foundation grant recipient.

SEAFF 2016 | Winterreise

Director | Johan Bergström Hyldahl

Winterreise chronicles the tale of the lowland gorilla Katharina Wisnierska and her life in Bavaria, Germany. At an early age, around the time when the Moon suddenly and mysteriously disappears from its orbit around the Earth, Katharina develops an interest in flying, and after flying planes and parachutes becomes a competitive paraglider.

Johan Bergström Hyldahl holds an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, and has been represented by Cecilia Hillström since his BFA exhibition in 2011. He has also studied at Hunter College, New York (MFA), and holds an MSc from Stockholm School of Economics.


Director | John Antonio Castro

FUNTASTIC MOVIE(S) · “A psychotronic adventure in two evil acts” treats to explore (and celebrate) some of the common features of fantastic cinema (fabulous monsters, futuristic technology,…), with special interest in those fiction movies of psychotronic nature, through the crazy mixture of appropriation material and original footage.

Juan Antonio Castro is a Spanish experimental filmmaker who lives and works in Madrid. Although he has made some fiction works, he prefers explore the boundaries of the film medium and the possibilities of the abstract language. He has made some video poetry’s pieces, but from 2006 he works mostly with appropriation material that sometimes he mixes with original footage.

SEAFF 2016 | Watch Alice Bleed

Director | Fredrik Andesson

Fredrik Andersson was educated in animation at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Eksjö, Sweden. He has been a member of the association Eksjö Animation since 2006. His short stop motion films have been shown at numerous festivals. He makes visually complex animated films with clear narrative structures. His subjects predominantly deal with the psychological dimension of the human existence and reflections on issues of violence. His fascination lies within the darker aspects of life.

SEAFF 2016 | Bottle Neck

Director | Joanna Priestley

A luminous crush of still life silhouettes, abstract shapes and interlocking patterns, Bottle Neck puts the commonplace objects of a classical painting genre in a modern setting.

Priestley has produced, directed and animated 27 films. Retrospectives of Priestley’s films have been held at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Hiroshima Animation Festival (Japan), American Cinematheque (Los Angeles), Jenju International Film Festival (Korea), Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India), Stuttgart Animation Festival (Germany) and the Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland). Priestley graduated with a Masters in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts.