The world premiere of North of Blue will be at the Annecy International Animation Festival, June 6 -11, 2018. I am thrilled because it is one of my favorite film festivals. I will get to see friends from all over the world and the location in the French Alps is gorgeous.
“A quiet, delicate and sophisticated experience.” –Marcel Jean, Artistic Director Citia and Annecy Forum Blanc
“Endlessly interesting, North of Blue is fascinating to watch.” -Dana Alston, Willamette Week
North of Blue is an abstract animated feature film that began in the mysterious winter landscape of the far north, where director Joanna Priestley was a fellow at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. The film grew into an exploration of the non-objective idiom that that plays with shifting focal points, suspension and tension of two dimensional patterning and trance. Priestley’s creative priorities included creating a foundation grounded in the landscape of the far north, infusing intersecting lines and shapes with vitality and finding shapes that sparked a sense of connectedness.
Jamie Haggerty composed the music and created the sound design with additional sound effects by Chris Barber. Paint effects, compositing and title design and animation by Brian Kinkley. Assistant animators: Neisje Morrell and Don Flores. Animation assistants: Rachel Bradley, Jesse Bray, Dui Oray and Gabe Mangold.