Mom's Clothes


"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.



Anthology Film Archives - The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film [New York, New York]
The 3rd Annual Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival [Los Angeles, California]
The 6th Queer Media Festival: Queering Animation [Manchester, England]
The 2nd Rockaway Film Festival: Shorts 5 - Animated Fictions [Far Rockaway, New York]
The 23rd Edition of Queer Lisboa: Shorts 4 Program [Lisbon, Portugal]
The 25th Annual Cucalorus Festival: Pompadour Shorts: Docs 4 [Wilmington, North Carolina]
Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival: International Competition Block 3 [Baltimore, Maryland]
Animasyros International Animation Festival + Agora: Animapride [Syros, Greece]
QFest - The Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival: Frame Change - Experimental Shorts [Houston, Texas]
Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival: Shorts Program 1 [Salt Lake City, Utah]
Annecy International Animation Film Festival: Perspectives Short Films in Competition [Annecy, France]
The 7th Winnipeg Underground Film Festival [Winnipeg, Canada]
LA Filmforum: Representations of Leaving | Queer Death and heavens [Los Angeles, California]
The 14th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival: Speaking Visuals, Showing Patterns [Berlin, Germany]
Flatpack Festival: Short Film Competition - “Where I Belong” [Birmingham, United Kingdom]
The 32nd European Media Art Festival: INIT Patch Work Identities [Osnabrück, Germany]
The 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival: Short Film Competition 5: Out Night [Ann Arbor, Michigan]
+ Awarded the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
The 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival: Jury Selection: Animation Division [Tokyo, Japan]
The 38th Annual Black Maria Film Festival: Jury’s Choice [Princeton, New Jersey & traveling tour]


London International Animation Festival: Edge of Frame Programme - Material Fragments [London, England]
DOK Leipzig: International Programme Short Film [Leipzig, Germany]
NewFest - New Yorks LGBTQ Film Festival: Drawn This Way 2.0 - Queer Animation [New York, New York]
Indie-Anifest 2018: Asia Road Program [Seoul, Korea]
San Diego Underground Film Festival: CD9 / 99 Block [San Diego, California]
Malt Adult #9: Independent Animation [Columbus, Ohio]
California Institute of the Arts: Film/Video Showcase: PANORAMA [Los Angeles, California]


Select Press

2019 // Christine N. Ziemba, “Two CalArtians Honored at Ann Arbor Film Festival”, 24700.
2018 // Jaelani Turner-Williams, “8 Up-And-Coming LGBTQ Animators To Watch”, BUST.