Profile

I am an LA-based artist, using animation and game platforms to explore the role of fiction in personal, collective, and digital memory.

I examine how identity and social relationships manifest online, through social media, and across gaming platforms.

 

Education

2019               California Institute of the Arts | Los Angeles, CA

                         M.F.A. | Experimental Animation

2011               School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL

                          B.F.A. | Film, Video, New Media & Animation

 

Awards

2019               Helen Hill Award | Chicago Underground Film Festival

2018               Princess Grace Award | Stephen Hillenburg Animation Grant

2018               Jules Engel Award | CalArts

2018               Best Departures Short | Indie Memphis Film Festival

2018               Best Student Film | Calcutta International Film Festival

2016–2019   CalArts Provost Merit Scholarship | CalArts

2016–2019   CalArts Grant | CalArts

2008–2011   SAIC Merit Scholarship | SAIC

 

Selected Shows + Screenings

2019

Animated Shorts Block, Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, UT

Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma, WA

AMBER ROW Demo, C113 Gallery, Valencia, CA

Slamdance Cinema Club, ArcLight Cinema Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Shorts Programme: Animation, Raindance Film Festival, London, UK

Animation, Buenos Aires Film Festival, Buenos Aires, ARG

Stockholm Independent Film Festival, Stockholm, SWE

Drunken Film Fest, Oakland, CA

Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival, Barcelona, ESP

Chicago Underground Film Festival, Logan Theater, Chicago, IL

Silk Road International Film Festival, Dublin, IRL

Animation Block, PUFF, Hong Kong, CHN

2018

Wet House, The National Taiwan Arts Education Center, Taipei, TWN

Motion Capture Spotlight, CALARTS Digital Art Expo, Valencia, CA

CALARTS Film/Video Showcase, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

GIRAF International Festival of Independent Animation, Calgary, CAN

Indie Memphis Film Festival, Memphis, TN
Square Lake Film & Music Festival, Square Lake, MN

Queen Palm International Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA

International Shorts, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, Calcutta, IND

San Diego Underground Film Festival, San Diego, CA

2016

Current Underwater Weather / Roxaboxen Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015

BilBolBul International Comics Festival, Bologna, ITA

Animation Group Screening, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, Chicago, IL

Chicago International Music and Movies Festival, Chicago, IL

Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, Rijeka, HRV

2012

Chicago Underground Film Festival, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL

Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, AUS

International Program #3, Australian International Animation Festival, UK
Body Places, BigForever, Chicago, IL

2011

PROXIMITY is there too much, Nightingale Theater, Chicago, IL

On the Other Hand, The Southside Hub of Production, Chicago, IL

 

 

Selected Web Premiers

12/05/2019   “How a Road Trip with Dad Led Jenna Caravello to Create “Ominous & Unpredictable” Short ‘Frontier Wisdom’.” Directors Notes.

01/27/2019   “Slamdance 2019 – Frontier Wisdom.” We Are Moving Stories.

05/18/2018   “New Mix: Dirty Projectors, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, More.” NPR.

​04/03/2018   “Premiere: Jessica Risker – I See You Among the Stars.” Gorilla vs Bear.

05/25/2016   “Cloud Becomes Your Hand – “Hermit” Video.” Stereogum.

11/25/2015   “PREMIERE: Earring Makes Post-Rock and Reality Weird in ‘Black Chalk’.” Noisey / Vice.

05/06/2015   “Current Underwater Weather.” AdHoc.

12/01/2014   “Film at 11: James Blackshaw.” Magnet Magazine.

11/18/2013   “Video: Ryley Walker, ‘The West Wind’.” The Fader.

08/21/2013   “Premiere: Mines, ‘Hyperovercritical’.” Impose TV (Impose Magazine).

04/29/2013   “New Video: Bemus Has Wings to Fly.” AdHoc.

 

Panels + Invitations to Speak

2020               Guest Artist Talk / Animation, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MA

2015               Radical Collaboration, The Learning Center, Chicago, IL

2015               Eyeworks Panel, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, Chicago, IL

2015               Guest Artist Talk, Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013               Guest Artist Showcase, Roxaboxen Gallery Chicago, IL

 

Teaching + Academic Leadership

Fall 2020–     Assistant Professor

Design Media Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

2019–2020   Adjunct Professor

Weird Computer, Mundane World (FSFV 620O), CalArts, Los Angeles, CA

2017–2018   Coordinator

Experimental Animation Visiting Artist Series, CalArts, Los Angeles, CA

2015–2017   Founder / Instructor

Figure Drawing with Friends, Hume Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

 

Archival Experience

2011–2013   Archivist

Kartemquin Films, Chicago, IL
Identified and organized analog components and digital media assets.

 

2010–2011   Assistant Archivist

The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
Built a database and collaborated with international consulates to collect information about foreign filmmakers.

 

Selected Motion Graphics + Documentary Collaborations

2019–2020  Animation + Design

 Feels Good Man, Directed by Arthur Jones

2016–2017  Animation + Game Design

 Beyond Blind Interactive, Directed by Matt Lauterbach

2015–2016   Animation + Motion Graphics Design

  Unbroken Glass, Directed by Dinesh Sabu

2015               Animation + Motion Graphics Design

  Unexpected Justice: The Rise and Fall of John Paul Stevens, Directed by Greg Jacobs

2013–2014   Motion Graphics

  Life Itself, Directed by Steve James and Produced by Martin Scorsese

2014               Animation + Motion Graphics Design

  The Prosecutors, Directed by Leslie Thomas

2014               Animation + Motion Graphics Design

  Almost There, Directed by Aaron Wickenden and Dan Rybicky

​email: jennacaravello@gmail.com

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