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Friday, January 17, 2014

Video animated short "Prayers for Peace" by Dustin Grella

"Prayers for Peace" is a narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of the artist's younger brother killed in the current conflict in Iraq. Drawn entirely with pastels on a slate chalkboard, the materials used to create the animation become a metaphor for the impermanence of life.

Dustin Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work attempts to glean glimpses of colourful insight into the seemingly mundane.

His films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His short film "Prayers for Peace" screened at almost two hundred festivals worldwide and won over forty awards.

"Notes To Self" - "I've written and then mailed myself a letter every day for over eleven years. The exercise has generated 4015 letters (and counting), which remain meticulously ordered and still sealed to this day."