The Fawn

Sunday, January 19, 5:00pm
Film Synopsis

The Fawn is a collaborative, intergenerational storytelling project for the 21st century. This social media born, expanded cinema work unites art and life through the reinvention and the magical realism of a child’s imagination, who is constantly stuck at her parent’s work, and she moves to another level with Snapchat. The Fawn is a no budget work that utilizes free mobile applications to explore character and contemporary issues in ecology through the whimsical perspective of childhood.

The Fawn gets separated from her parents while searching for clean water. She encounters deforestation which drives her further into the forest where she meets all manor of creatures before discovering the heart of the forest where there is clean water. The film uses common technology and free mobile applications to weave a fantastical hero’s journey as she traverses modern ecological crises. 

"The most important part about tomorrow is not the technology or the automation, but that man is going to come into entirely new relationships with his fellow men. He will retain much more in his everyday life of what we term the naïveté and idealism of the child. I think the way to see what tomorrow is going to look like is just to look at our children." --Buckminster Fuller

Runtime
8 minutes
Director
s/n (Jennida Chase & Hassan Pitts)
Country
United States of America
Year completed
2017
Student Film
Students from Southern Illinois Carbondale did work as crew on this film
Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts against a city skyline
Filmmaker Bio

S/N is a multi-disciplinary art group, which works extensively with, but not limited to, video, sound, animation, photography, and mobile media. The exhibitions often include performative elements and mediated footage, pushing both experimental and conceptual ideas around media. Thematic undercurrents in S/N’s creative process began in dealing with the task of interacting with social constructs as it relates to race and gender. The resulting work demonstrates their combined effort to relate to one another in conjunction with their presumed place within society. A shared fascination with ideas of the hidden, overlooked and unconsidered histories approach themes of relational interaction with the deliberate intent to undermine and subvert negative social constructs. The goal is to uncover fresh possibilities and the belief is that activating good conversation is the precursor to positive change.

S/N members include Jennida Chase and Hassan Pitts who have been collaborating since 2008. Their work has been exhibited and screened world wide in various festivals, galleries and museums including Hong Kong Art Fair, Pekin Fine Arts, DAS Weekend, the Freies Museum in Berlin, and the Czong Institute for Conmporary Art in Gyeonggi-do, Korea.

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