This summer, The Curator and Ruminate Magazine co-hosted a competition for contemporary artists who create work with moving images. Submissions were placed in two categories: short film and video/or alternative time-based media. This past weekend, we debuted the winning works at International Arts Movement‘s INHABIT, the annual gathering for people interested in beauty, faith, and art.
We are very pleased to announce the winners of the Short Film category here!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Codex by Micah Bloom
In Codex, Micah Bloom reveals his interest in the relationship between humans and computer — the analog and the digital. He gained an MFA from the University of Iowa in 2010. He currently lives in North Dakota and teaches art at Minot State University. He has been selected for numerous artist–in–residence fellowships and has published work in several literary and art journals. He shows artwork nationally and internationally, including the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art.
RUNNER-UP: Inertia by Travis Lee Ratcliff
Travis Lee Ratcliff is a recently graduated film and television student of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Travis’ focus and passion has been the study and practice of writing and directing narrative films and is currently relocating to New York City to pursue work in the film industry and practice his craft. Travis is interested in the boundaries of the narrative format. His work searches for meaning in the subtext behind the moving image and attempts to demonstrate how the unseen world of ideas shape and move individuals in the world. Inertia seeks to explore how our choices determine the habits that define our character, whether we like it or not.
RUNNER-UP: The Key in Falling by Rachael Glasgow
Rachael Glasgow is an artist, animator, and videographer located in Richmond, Virginia. The Key in Falling is about a man who falls into a pit that represents the desires of his heart. In his death, he finds the key that brings him back to life and unlocks him from the chains of slavery. The concept of this animation is rooted in Romans 6 – which proclaims that a Christian is buried with Christ and also raised with him to live a new life – apart from their own sin and desire. They are forever rescued out of the pit and brought into heavenly places through Jesus Christ. As the things on earth grow strangely dim, He will become king of the soul and reign in the hearts of those who love him.
RUNNER-UP: Syncopated by Nathan Clarke
Nathan Clarke is a documentary filmmaker working and living in Richmond, VA. Clarke wanted to create something that didn’t simply feed the viewer information but immersed him or her in the experience of creating. In February 2013, Seattle artist Roger Feldman began a residency at Laity Lodge during which he would construct a permanent, site-specific art installation titled Threshold. Shot concurrently on location in the Texas Hill Country, this film serves as an artistic companion to Feldman’s work and yields rich visual and aural insights into how the space came to be.
SHORT FILM JURORS
Filmmaker \ Los Angeles CA
Living on student loans as a first-year law student, Christopher realized it was now or never, so he packed his bags and returned to his hometown, Los Angeles, to make movies. Since then, he has fathered multiple short films, a feature and a super-cute baby boy!
Playwright & Screenwriter \ New York NY
Dean Poynor is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work has been developed and produced in New York, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina, Nebraska, Washington, DC, and Australia. Holland New Play Award / Great Plains Theatre Conference Main Stage, Trustus Theatre Playwrights’ Festival, Helford Prize for Drama, Sloan Screenplay award, and Playwrights’ Center KC/ACTF Core Member Apprentice.
Filmmaker \ Greenville SC
Chris White makes artistically ambitious, non-cynical narrative feature films for his family, friends, and fans. An advocate of ambitious artistry and process simplicity, Chris writes, speaks, and teaches about micro-budget cinema, non-traditional theatre-making, and the intersection of art, faith, and commerce.
Film Critic & Screenwriter \ Seattle WA
Lauren Wilford holds a BA in Aesthetics and Narrative Studies from Seattle Pacific University. She has served as editor-in-chief of SPU’s literary journal, interned at Image journal, done curatorial work in SPU’s art gallery and acted in many theatre productions. She has written on film for The Other Journal and Filmwell and pursues screenwriting in her spare time.