Jeron Braxton’s “Octane” Animated Short at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Competition and consumerism amidst the sensation of psilocybin-saturated chaos

Animator Jeron Braxton‘s work acts as a necessary reminder of the value in short filmmaking. The 24-year-old artist returned to the Sundance Film Festival this year with Octane, a psychedelic aesthetic ride coursing on an undercurrent of societal brutality. The selection follows up his Sundance 2018 Best Animated Short win for Glucose. Braxton owns the short film category, but his visual voice is noted in the music world as well—by way …

Improvisation in Cuban Animation

Insufficient internet access and lack of equipment have not prevented some animators from continuing their filmic work after graduating art school in Cuba. From pirated software to technical improvisation, animated films have slowly appeared throughout the nation. It wasn’t until 2014 that a (state-sponsored) feature-length animated film, “Meñique,” would appear. And yet now, companies like El Muke and ÑOOo Productions have work seen as far …

Usman Riaz’s “The Glassworker”

Pakistan's first hand-drawn animated film hits Kickstarter

At TEDGlobal 2012, a then-21-year-old Pakistani musician and artist named Usman Riaz stunned onlookers with an otherworldly percussive guitar demonstration, and further captivated them with the knowledge he learned how to do it all online. Riaz, now a Senior TED Fellow and majoring in composition at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, has ventured forth into another creative field—and his end goal is a world …