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Aqua, Karen, 1954-2011. Karen Aqua Collection, 1975-2011 : Film Guide

Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hfa00021
Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Aqua, Karen, 1954-2011. Karen Aqua Collection : Film Guide,
Date(s): 1975-2011.
Quantity: 1 collection (35mm, 16mm, and super 8mm film elements ; U-Matic, BetacamSp, Digital Betacam, VHS, HDCam, open reel, and DVD video elements ; 1/4-inch reel to reel audio elements)
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: This collection contains films made by animator Karen Aqua (1954-2011). A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976, Aqua completed 12 independently produced animated films during her career. In addition to these films, which screened at festivals and cinemas all over the world, Aqua taught animation to college students in the Boston area, participated in a number of animation workshops for elementary and middle school aged children throughout the United States, directed and animated over twenty segments for Sesame Street, and contributed to a number of commissioned and collaborative animation works. This collection of motion picture film print and pre-print elements, video masters and video viewing copies, and original audio recordings represents all of these aspects of Karen Aqua's artistic career.

Acquisition Information:

Karen Aqua's films were donated to the Harvard Film Archive by Ken Field in 2011.

Processing Information:

Processed & encoded by: Amy Sloper, December 2011 - January 2013

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the staff of the Harvard Film Archive.
Film prints are made accessible by appointment only and in close consultation with HFA staff. Although films do not circulate for individual use, students, filmmakers, artists, and researchers are encouraged to use the collections on-site. If their condition allows, prints from the HFA collection may be viewed on a flatbed viewer at the HFA's Conservation Center.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Aqua, Karen, 1954-2011. Karen Aqua Collection, 1975-2011 : Film Guide. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Biography

Karen Aqua completed 12 independently-produced animated films and one collaborative animation/live action video since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1976.
Her award-winning films have screened worldwide, at festivals in Europe, Asia, North/South America, New Zealand, and the Middle East. She has received fellowships from American Film Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the Arts, Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), New England Film/Video Fellowship Program, Berkshire Taconic Trust, LEF Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.
Aqua has taught animation at Boston College and Emerson College, and at workshops and residencies around the United States. She has served as a juror for film festivals in Japan, Canada, and the US, and has presented numerous one-person screenings of her work.
In 2005, a special program of Aqua's animated films was presented at the Tehran International Animation Festival, Iran.
Since 1990 she has directed/animated 22 segments for the acclaimed children's television program "Sesame Street."
Aqua's film, "Twist of Fate," was screened at Telluride Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Kos Ippokratis International Health Film Festival (Greece), and international animation festivals in Ottawa, Hiroshima, and Annecy (France). It has received awards at Ann Arbor Film Festival, James River Film Festival, and Black Maria Film & Video Festival.
Her final film, "Taxonomy," debuted at the ICA/Boston three weeks before her untimely death on May 30th, 2011. Karen was notified that she had been named a Fellow in Film & Video by the Massachusetts Cultural Council three days prior to her passing.
--Biography courtesy of Karen Aqua's website: http://karenaqua.com/bio.html

Arrangement

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Scope and Content

This collection contains films made by animator Karen Aqua (1954-2011). A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976, Aqua completed 12 independently produced animated films during her career. In addition to these films, which screened at festivals and cinemas all over the world, Aqua taught animation to college students in the Boston area, participated in a number of animation workshops for elementary and middle school aged children throughout the United States, directed and animated over twenty segments for Sesame Street, and contributed to a number of commissioned and collaborative animation works. This collection of motion picture film print, negative, and workprint elements, video masters and video viewing copies, and original audio recordings represents all of these aspects of Karen Aqua's artistic career.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Andalusia (Spain)
Dance in motion pictures, television,etc.
Mythology
Ritual
Symbolism
16mm.
35mm.
Super 8.
Animated films.
Artists' films.
Short films.
Aqua, Karen
Espinas, James
Field, Ken
Gillooly, Jane
Loui, Annie
Priestley, Joanna
Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.)
Rhode Island School of Design
Sesame Street (Television program)

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