"I did the thing I was told to do, but it wasn’t what I wanted.
I'm pretty strong but if you bully me enough, it'll wear me down."
A nonfiction reflection on being out of the closet.
As a queer person of color, it's taken me a long time to be as comfortable as I am through navigating forms of intimacy, gender, and self worth.
It doesn't always get better, but you're beautiful however you decide to present, including the choice of garments you decide to wear.
production, direction, animation, and sound by Jordan Wong
replacement animation + fabrics
June 2018, 5:35, color, sound, video
Completed at California Institute of the Arts.
Behind the Scenes
Documentation of shooting in different studio spaces, working with various patterned fabrics (including sheets that have been hand-dyed myself and some pre-made clothing collected from my mother/friends/thrift stores), and using a Motion Control Rig.
Feb // The 38th Annual Black Maria Film Festival - Jury’s Choice [Princeton, NJ & traveling tour]
May // California Institute of the Arts: Film/Video Showcase - PANORAMA [Los Angeles, California]
Jun // Malt Adult #9: Independent Animation [Columbus, Ohio]
Aug // San Diego Underground Film Festival - CD9 / 99 Block [San Diego, California]
Sep // Indie-Anifest 2018 - Asia Road Program [Seoul, Korea]
Oct // NewFest: New York LGBTQ Film Festival - Drawn This Way 2.0: Queer Animation [New York, New York]
Oct // DOK Leipzig - International Programme Short Film [Leipzig, Germany]
2018 // Jaelani Turner-Williams, “8 Up-And-Coming LGBTQ Animators To Watch,” BUST.