Self, Made Cinema

Saturday, May 23–Monday, September 2, 2019

Osher Gallery 1, Microcinema

Included with museum admission and free for Daytime members and for After Dark members on Thursday nights.

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What are the formative experiences and encounters that can root a person's identity? In this collection of short films, the cinematic lens reveals essential and personal stories from a range of people. While the stories shared or faces glimpsed in each work are intimate and unique, they are grounded in by underlying experiences and emotions that are communally human.

Scent of Geranium
By Naghmeh Farzaneh (2016, 5 min.)

Immigration is a new chapter in one's life, a chapter with unexpected events that can take one's life down paths different from the one imagined. This poignantly animation short is an autobiographical account of the director's experience with immigration.

By Anthony Cerniello (2013, 5 min.)

A representation of the 4th dimension using human aging as inspiration.

Preschool Poets
For nearly a decade, Nancy Kangas led a poetry program for preschool-aged children in Columbus, Ohio. The kids  wrote with clarity and inventiveness about their fears and hopes. They wanted bullets to relax, lions to roar, and kids to climb up to the Sun. Inspired by these evocative visions and self-expressions, she partnered with documentary filmmaker Joshua Kun and several internationally celebrated animators to transform their word to cinema. The project resulted in eight unique animations; we present a selection of three.

  • “Me,”
    Poem by Ja’Lantea, animation by Daniel Bruson (2017, 1 min.)
  • “Supergirl”
    Poem by Penny, animation by Ross Hogg (2017, 1 min.)
  • “Mr. Grumpy, Mr. Crumpy, and Mr. Bumpy” 
    Poem by Alexa, animation by Henrique Barone (2017, 1 min.)

Can You Read My Lips?
By David Terry Fine (2016, 4 min.)

What's it like to use one sense to do the work of another? Based on the essay "Seeing at the Speed of Sound" by Rachel Kolb (who also narrates and is featured in the film) this short immerses you in the experience of lip reading.


Anchored by the stories shared in their interview booths, StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share human stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Drawn from their rich archive of interviews, StoryCorp's animations are  a movingly joyful celebrations of a diverse voices. While each story shared is intimate and deeply personal, they are all rooted in familiar hopes, fears, and connections that are pillars of our shared human experience.

  • Albert and Aiden Sykes
    By StoryCorps, Upworthy, and Richard O’Connor (2016, 2.5 min.)
  • Facundo the Great
    By StoryCorps and the Rauch Brothers (2012, 2 min.)
  • Eyes on the Stars
    By StoryCorps and the Rauch Brothers (2013, 3 min.)
  • Gabe and Chris López
    By By StoryCorps, Upworthy, and Richard O’Connor (2016, 2.5 min.)