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UW-Madison’s Hilyard receives best animation award at Austin Arthouse Film Festival

November 21, 2018

UW-Madison’s Stephen Hilyard, a professor of digital media with the School of Education’s Art Department, recently received the Svankmajer Award for Best Animation at the Austin Arthouse Film Festival for his animation, “Morning Glory”.

Morning Glory awardScreened by the Austin Film Society Cinema alongside internationally acclaimed short films, “Morning Glory” captures the essence of a single morning glory flower. This single channel video begins with a shot of the morning glory against the flower bed, and moves the viewer into the flower itself, exposing its internal structures that take on unique characteristics that create a world of its own.

“Morning Glory” is but one of Hilyard’s award-winning works.

The UK’s Slow Short Film Festival, in partnership with Tao-Films, will be distributing his experimental movie “Катюша (Katyusha)” for a limited time. This three-channel film, which is one of nine contemporary contemplative cinema pieces selected for a showcase curated by Nadin Mai, is about Pyramida, a community established by the USSR. Before Pyramida was evacuated in 1998, leaving behind a ghost town, it was the northernmost community on the planet. 

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