|Cast: ||Catya Plate|
|Crew: ||Producers: Catya Plate - Editor: Todd Aven|
The Reading is the darkly hilarious tale of a woman who awakens to the ringing of a doorbell to find an invitation to a Clothespin Tarot reading slipped under the door by a mysterious Tiny Messenger. Following the instructions, she arrives at another door where, with a deck of Tarot cards in her hands, she transforms into The Puppet and enters the bizarre world of the Clothespin Freaks. In this miniaturized world, The Reader guides The Puppet through the selection of seven Clothespin Tarot cards. As the Tarot reading unfolds, the Clothespin Freak representing each of the selected cards enacts its whimsical tale for The Puppet sitting before a stage and screen. Clothespins have long played a key role in Plate's art. Seeing the shape of the clothespin as an analogue for the human body, she created the Clothespin Freaks: two-headed figures made of custom-made clear plastic plastic clothespins, doll's body parts and sewn pieces. Based on Plate's Clothespin Tarot artist's book, drawings and Clothespin Freak characters, The Reading is the natural progression where these Clothespin Freak characters come alive through animation.
Catya Plate, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a Brooklyn based multi-award winning filmmaker and artist, working in sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and artist books. Raised in Germany, she attended the Werkkunstschule, Köln, before coming to New York in 1987 through a Fulbright Scholarship for post-graduate Fine Arts studies at the School of Visual Arts.
She has been exhibiting regularly and internationally since the mid-1980's. Exhibitions in 2015 include a solo show at the Indianapolis Art Center and upcoming group shows at the Drawing Center and Rush Arts Gallery in New York City. Her work can be found in many public and private collections worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. Articles and reviews of Plate's films, exhibition and installation projects have appeared in Film Threat, The New York Times and The Independent, among many others.
In 1996 she received an Artist in the Marketplace award from the Bronx Museum of the Arts and in 2008 her work was selected for permanent inclusion in the Art Base of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
In 2009, she created Clothespin Freak Productions to bring her “Clothespin Freaks” characters to life through stop-motion animation short films. In 2012, her first film "The Reading", was awarded Best Animated Film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and received an Outstanding Achievement Award for Experimental Film at the Williamsburg International Film Festival.
As of 2015, “Hanging By A Thread”, her most recent animated short film, has won 7 awards including the prestigious IndieFEST Film Award of Excellence, and has screened at the Torrance Art Museum in California, as well as in 18 film festivals in the US and abroad, like the Academy Award-qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival.
Plate continues exploring and developing her “Clothespin Freaks” universe through varied media and is currently working on “Meeting MacGuffin”, the animated sequel of “Hanging By A Thread”. The script for “Meeting MacGuffin” has just qualified for Round Two (Top 40 Shorts) at the renowned Cinequest Screenwriting Competition.
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