North of Blue
North of Blue

North of Blue | 2018 | Joanna Priestley | USA | 60:09

Inspired by the chilling and mysterious winter landscapes of the Yukon, North of Blue is a mesmerizing non-narrative exploration giving form to the formless and offering shifting focal points and patterns that explore tensions between the recognizable and the strange.

Bursting with lively colours and dynamic shapes, North of Blue is abstract art come to life. Conventional silhouettes are deconstructed, stripping away meanings and associations to free the mind for a wildly subjective visit to the north. A dreamlike façade, North of Blue is a stunning symphony which speaks to the explorer in us all.

Inspirée par les paysages d’hiver frigorifiants et mystérieux du Yukon, North of Blue est une exploration hypnotisante sans narration qui donne forme à ce qui n’a pas de forme, et offre des points de mire en mutation, et des motifs qui explorent les tensions entre le reconnaissable et l’étrange.

Explosant de couleurs vives et de formes dynamiques, North of Blue représente l’art abstrait qui prend vie. Des silhouettes conventionnelles sont déconstruites, perdant ainsi leurs significations et leurs associations afin de libérer l’esprit pour s’offrir une visite des plus subjectives du Nord. Une façade de rêves, North of Blue est une symphonie éblouissante qui parle à l’explorateur en chacun de nous.

"North of Blue is kind of like the last 20 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey if Stanley Kubrick had a sense of humor."
- Dana Alston, Willamette Week


Thursday, September 27 1:15pm (Gala)  SnapUp Tickets - North of Blue (Gala) 
 Saturday, September 29 1pm SnapUp Tickets - North of Blue 


About the Director
Joanna Priestley produced, directed and animated the abstract feature, North of Blue, 27 short films and Clam Bake, an iOS app. Her work maintains a high level of porosity between serious exploration of boundaries and intuitive whimsy and she is dedicated to experimentation in technique, theme and content. Retrospectives of Priestley’s films have been held at the British Film Institute, National Film Theatre (2017, London, UK), Stuttgart International Animation Festival (2016, Stuttgart, Germany), Tricky Women Animation Festival (2016, Vienna, Austria), Hiroshima Animation Festival (2014, Hiroshima, Japan), REDCAT (2009, Los Angeles, CA), American Cinematheque (2005, Los Angeles, CA), Jeonju International Film Festival (2005, Jeonju, South Korea), Walker Art Center (2005, Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Modern Art (2000, New York, NY), Masters of Animation (2000, Thiruvananthapuram, India) and the Center for Contemporary Art (1990, Warsaw, Poland). Priestley has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Film Institute, Ford Family Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso, Millay Colony and Creative Capital. She was founding president of ASIFA Northwest and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Priestley graduated with a Masters in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts and she lives in Portland, Oregon with director and production designer Paul Harrod. Her films are available at 


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