News & Events

Megan Willy Animation '07
Alumna Megan Willy Wins Best of Show at Rosebud Film & Video Fest
Monday, June 29th, 2009 //
http://www.rosebudact.org/

Megan Willy, Visual Arts (Animation), and Cultural Anthropology, Class of 2007, won Best in Show at the 2009 Rosebud Film & Video Festival, for her narrative montage Phallic Final. She was assisted by Ivy Flores, who graudated in the Spring of 2008 with dual degrees in Visual Arts (Animation) and Psychology. Now in its 19th year, Rosebud is a premiere showcase for innovative, experimental and unusual regional films and videos.

Of her film, Megan stated;

This film is a non-linear narrative montage that combines different aesthetics and ideas. The phallic symbols of long legs, cigarettes, and chess pieces are running themes. The film also explores the idea of meta-cinema, a movie within a movie, as introduced by Michael Powell in his film Peeping Tom Surreal situations such as a person interacting with a clone of themselves (Maya Daren) and the use of alternative narrative are key components to the film. The movie ends with the long-legged silhouette stepping out of the screen and thus breaking the invisible boundary between the audience and characters.

Since graduation, Megan and Ivy have been working at the UMBC Imaging Research Center in a post-graduate fellowship with NASA Goddard Space Center to make conceptual science animations, as well as working together on other personal filmic work. Megan is applying to graduate school for the fall of 2010. Congratulations to Megan and Ivy.

Notably, UMBC Visual Arts alumni won awards at Rosebud in 2008; http://art.umbc.edu/news/detail.php?newsEventId=29