Andre Silva, assistant professor
King Hall 102E | 910.962.2229 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Andre Silva's filmmaking interests include experimental animation with an emphasis on the intersection of high camp, the absurd and the esoteric.
He received his BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA in Film & Video Production at the University of Iowa.
Andre's teaching experience includes 2D digital animation, alternative forms of filmmaking (including cameraless filmmaking, hand-processing and found-footage/collage), 16mm & super-8 filmmaking, traditional stop-motion animation, film festival management, video production and video editing.
His short films have screened at several festivals internationally and have won awards at festivals such as the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Humboldt International Short Film Festival, and Atlanta Underground Film Festival.
Andre's community work include has included co-founding Iowa City Microcinema, an organization dedicated to bringing visiting filmmakers and free filmmaking workshops to the Eastern Iowa public. He also served as Technical Director for Austin Cinemaker Coop, a film organization dedicated to keeping Super 8 filmmaking alive.
SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY/AWARDS & SCREENINGS
It’s a Girl Thing (2012) experimental documentary 59 min., digital video.
Using expert interviews, historical research, animated reenactments and found footage, this feature length documentary looks closely, and critically, at the tween markets evolution and the role of Dualstar (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's company) in the markets explosion. Interviews with Jean Kilbourne, Gail Dines, Sharon Lamb, Terrill Bravender, Lisa Machoian, Diane Levin, Susan Linn, plus various mothers, teachers, tweens.
- Twin Rivers Media Festival (May 2012).
- Central Florida Film Festival (August 2012).
- Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (June 2012).
Ichthyopolis (2008) experimental animation 10 min., digital video.
Ichthyopolis is a short psychedelic technomation which delves into a mythical cosmology of fish and their human caretakers. Somewhere between the occult and the absurd lies Ichthyopolis; a universe consisting of two complementary worlds that can’t help but eventually merge.
- Grand Prize: Animation: Black Maria Film and Video Festival
- Best Student Animation: SoDak Animation Festival
- Banana Slug Award for Surrealism: Humboldt Film Festival
- Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise: Arts and Humanities (semi-finalist)
- Dallas Video Festival (November 2008).
- Cucalorus Film Festival (November 2008).
- FLEX (Florida Experimental) Film Festival (January 2009).
- New Genre Festival (January 2009).
- Black Maria Film and Video Festival (Touring).
- Wisconsin Film Festival (March 2009).
- James River Film Festival (April 2009).
- Humboldt Film Festival (April 2009).
- Athens International Film and Video Festival (May 2009).
- Maryland Film Festival (May 2009).
- Backup Film Festival (May 2009).
- Arkansas Underground Film Festival (July 2009).
- Atlanta Underground Film Festival (August 2009).
- Next Frame Film Festival (Touring).
- SoDak Animation Festival (October 2009).
- Carrboro Film Festival (November 2009).
- Strange Beauty Film Festival (January 2010).
- Boston Underground Film Festival (March 2010).
- Indie Grits Film Festival (April 2010).
- Ybor Festival of the Moving Image (April 2010).
- Tar Heel Shorties (April 2010).
- Best of Strange Beauty (June 2012).
The One and the Many (2006) experimental 4min., digital video.
Several actors mimic split-second fragments of a pre-recorded monologue based on 17th century philosopher Gottfried Leibniz’s ponderings. The film juxtaposes the collective recreation of the monologue with the spontaneous gestures of actors who dutifully struggle with this very foreign exercise.
- Juror’s Choice Award: Humboldt International Short Film Festival
- Zeitgeist International Film Festival (June 2006).
- Athens International Film & Video Festival (May 2006).
- Boxcar Film Series: Detroit Film Center (April 2006).
- Slack Video: Hull UK (April 2006).
- Humboldt International Short Film Festival (April 2006).
spam letter + google image search = video entertainment (2005), experimental 3 min., downloaded.
Spam letter . . . explores the relationships between language, image and technology in the 21st century. Using an incarnation of one of the many ubiquitous Nigerian bank scam solicitation letters, each word of the letter is matched with one of countless available online images that have been linked, in some way, to that word. A text-to-voice-program narrates the letter.
- Best Experimental Film/Video: Humboldt International Short Film Festival.
- Best Experimental Film/Video: Atlanta Underground Film Festival.
- 1st Prize: Des Moines Arts Center Film and Video Competition.
- 2nd Place: Aurora Picture Show: Extremely Short Shorts.
- Honorable Mention: Ann Arbor Film Festival.
- St. Louis International Film Festival (November 2006).
- Dionysium – Salvage Vanguard Theater (August 2006).
- Zeitgeist International Film Festival (July 2006).
- hi/lo Film Festival (April 2006).
- Ann Arbor Film Festival (March 2006).
- SXSW Film Festival (March 2006).
- Boston Underground Film Festival (2006).
- Recontres Internationales (November 2005).
- MicroCineFest (November 2005).
- Antimatter Underground Film Festival (September 2005).
- Lucid Underground Film Festival (September 2005).
- DC Underground Film Festival (September 2005).
- Chicago Underground Film Festival (August 2005).
- Bearded Child Film Festival (August 2005).
- Atlanta Underground Film Festival (August 2005).
- Dallas Video Festival (August 2005).
- Next Frame Film Festival: Finalist (August 2005).
- Des Moines Art Center Film and Video Competition (July 2005).
- Aurora Picture Show: Extremely Short Shorts (July 2005).
- Ohne Kohle Film Festival (July 2005).
- Athens International Film and Video Festival (May 2005).
- PDX Film Festival (April 2005).
- Humboldt International Short Film Festival (April 2005).
- IC Microcinema: Remix, Reuse, Recycle Festival (February 2005).
- Microcinema International (ongoing).
- Axiom Theater – Houston Texas (May 2005).
- Minna Gallery – San Francisco (May 2005).
- Nacogdoches Microcinema – Nacogdoches Texas (May 2005).
- Chillin Productions – San Francisco (July 2005).
- Central Cinema – Seattle (January 2006).
Beelzebub’s Bathtub (2001), animated 17 min. 16mm.
Momma Ducky and her baby bars of soap swim serenely within the confines of a porcelain claw foot bathtub until an angry Momma Hair Clod and her baby set off a series of unusual catastrophes.
- 2nd Prize: Juror's Citation - 2003 Black Maria Film & Video Festival.
- 3rd Prize: 2003 Des Moines Art Center Film + Video + DVD Competition.
- Awarded 2000 Texas Filmmaker's Production Fund Grant.
- Black Maria Film and Video Festival (2003).
- Des Moines Art Center Film + Video + DVD Competition (January 2003).
- Mill Valley Film Festival (October 2002).
- “Texas Show,” Dallas Video Festival touring compilation (visited SXSW Festival, March 2002).
- Flicker Festival (February 2002).
- “Ducks and Sweat,” Austin Community College screening (November 2001).
- Premier screening (October 2001).