Directed by Stephanie Hutin
Throughout history, feral children have routinely been cases of neglect, abuse, or the abandonment of children with special needs. If a child is abandoned in the crucial years where language is learned, they cannot regain that developmental stage. BELONG is a reversal of that idea. This child’s caregivers are neglectful and disinterested. The (feminist) child leaves her environment in favor of the wild. Instead of a feral/wild child being discovered, this child goes seeking it on her own accord. What separates feral children from humans is that they don’t “belong” to anything. Neither human nor animal.
Stephanie Hutin (born 1978 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a Franco-American artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles by way of Miami, Florida. She earned her BFA in Electronic Intermedia at the University of Florida, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media. While at CalArts she founded and produced a self-published book about The New School for Post-Animative Thought, in 2006. Her work has been shown in galleries and film festivals internationally, notably at the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Echo Park Film Center, The Wexner Center, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Hutin focuses on the performative aspects of animation, which often lead to community-based happenings, interventions, comedy, films, videos, curatorial projects, writings, and lectures, meant to challenge the way frame by frame works are read. Ignoring formulaic ideas about creating time-based media, Hutin strives to rewire and restructure rapid animation processes. In 2001, Hutin co-founded Big Skills, a platform for experimental design, film, and animation projects with her partner Florencio Zavala, she has performed various radio personalities on a radio project Call With Questions, and was the front-woman for art-rock performance group Jennifer The Leopard (J Lep).
Cast: Mena Zavala
88 minsThe MATINEE ONE program of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival features nine short films that portray a sense of unity, trust, acceptance and self-discovery punctuated with some genuine humor. Includes Q&A with filmmakers.