Courses 2D/3D Compositing for Animation | Creative Resistance: Media Art in the Social Sphere | Experimental Film + Video Art | Intro to Animation | Motion Graphics + Experimental Animation | Narrative Production I + II | Sound Design | Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar | Video/Digital Cinema II: Sculpting in Time
2011 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Kasumi is internationally celebrated as a leading innovator of a new art form synthesizing film, sound and video. She has won global acclaim for her experimental films, videoart and installations in venues worldwide: from Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic to collaborations with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Spooky. She performed and exhibited work at Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart and at the Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual in Guadalajara, Mexico, and her work, BREAKDOWN, the Vimeo Remix Award winner, premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. She was awarded an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission 2009-2010 by The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts and has created videoart for performance with The Cleveland Orchestra. She won a 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship and was named one of Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People” of 2011. Kasumi executive-produced AARDVARK, a feature film awarded “Critic’s Pick” in the “L.A. Weekly”, and screened at Reykjavik IFF, Warsaw IFF, the Viennale, Goteborg IFF, Thessaloniki IFF, BAFICI, AFI Fest , Las Palmas, Krakow, Copenhagen, and many others. As a musician, she has twice been soloist at Carnegie Hall and has recorded four LP albums; in Japan, her soundtrack performance for OGINSAMA, starring Toshiro Mifune, was nominated for an Academy Award. She received the Adriano Asti Award for Best Experimental Film at Montecacini, Italy; Director's Citation at the Black Maria Film Festival; Seoul Film Festival's Special Jury Award; IFP Chicago and Sapporo International Film Festival Best Experimental Film, and others. Her film "The Free Speech Zone," cited in The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies, was featured at the Nemo Festival at the Forum des Images in Paris, the Milano Film Festival, Expresión en Corto, Mexico City, and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival where it won First Prize. Her work has been screened at festivals in Iran, the Slovak Republic, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Romania, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Holland, France, England, the US and Canada, and displayed at distinguished institutions including Muzeul Florean, Romania; Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paulo; The Butler Institute of American Art; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; San Diego Museum of Art; Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Anthology Film Archives among others and has received the Adriano Asti Award for Best Experimental Film at Montecacini, Italy; Director's and Program Staff Citation at the Black Maria Film Festival; the Seoul Film Festival's Special Jury Award; IFP Chicago's Best Experimental Film award and many others.
Title Adjunct Faculty
Degree BA, Ithaca College; MFA, Cleveland Institute of Music
Christopher is an adjunct faculty member in Liberal Arts at The Cleveland Institute of Art. He received his Bachelor of Music in 1992 from Ithaca College. In 1995 he earned his Masters degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music in Composition. He was been a Music mentor with the Cleveland Opera and lecturer at The University of Akron and Cleveland State University. Christopher was the co-founder of Composers in the Shape of a Pear and the co-director of the Modern Arts Coalition of Cleveland.expand collapse
Title Adjunct Professor
Courses Intro to 3D Animation: Character
Degree BFA, Bowling Green State University
Jeff Simonetta began his path into animation by attending Bowling Green State University. While attending Jeff was active as the chair of the BGSU ACM SIGGRAPH Student chapter for 2 years and worked to restore the digital arts community at BGSU. In 2011 he recieved a BFA in Digital Arts specializing in Animation.
After graduation he completed animation workshops through ianimate.net, studying with some of the best animators in the industry to further refine his craft.
Recently, Jeff and a team of three others founded Photonic Studio after recognizing the lack of quality 3D services in Cleveland. Photonic Studio is a 3D visualization and animation studio with clients in the architecture, product, and advertising industries.
Today, Jeff continues to help build his community with teaching and collaboration. He loves animation of all sorts and wishes to spread his passion to new generations of animators.
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