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Animations and live theatrical reading: two works by Frances Barth

  • Triangle Artist Residency 20 Jay Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

The animation "Jonnie in the Lake" 

A magical experience for 9 year old Jonnie who travels to an underwater city and meets his new friend Azimer, a former downtown performance artist.

This animation is hand drawn and based on an original script by Frances Barth, with voice over by Ron Nakahara, David Asta and Frances Barth, and includes rotoscoped video performance by Valerie Charles.

TRT: 09:12 © 2016 Frances Barth

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Jonnie in the Lake has been a many year labor of love, which has involved hand drawing all the images to animate them, and roto-scope animating and editing a portion of the downtown performance artist Valerie Charles' live performance "DuAnne Does Hollywood" to include her as the new character "Azimer" in this animated video.

The screenplay is original with a portion of 'DuAnne' included in the dialogue.


A live theatrical reading with two actors and video projection based on the video: 

"End of the Day, End of the Day" 

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Directed by: Ron Nakahara

Actors: Karen Lee and John FitzGibbon

The original animation/video with voice over dialogue is set just after 9/11 and involves a two day evening commute of a husband and wife. The passenger side car views show the NJ waterfront.

The animation is hand drawn, with a digitally animated section that accompanies  the opening monologue.
The artist's intention was to combine aspects of traditional animation and the graphic novel.

End of the Day, End of the Day, TRT: 9:34 

color and black and white

Animation/video by: Frances Barth re-mastered 2018 for live reading.

Script: Frances Barth and James Barth


Born in the Bronx, having received her degrees from Hunter College, CUNY, Frances Barth has been working and showing her painting in New York and internationally since the 1960's.While an art student she also studied modern dance, and began performing with Yvonne Rainer at Lincoln Center and the Billy Rose Theater in 1968-9, and with Joan Jonas in dance and video in 1970.

Video: During the last 14 years she has also created two animations, a documentary, and a short b&w film set in 1947 after the Japanese internment. Her most recent animation, "Jonnie in the Lake" won Best Animated Short in November 2016 at the New York Short Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia. It now has Spanish subtitles as well , premiered in South America at Findecoin Film Festival in Venezuela, and is being considered for festivals in Latin America and Spain.

The animation "End of the Day, End of the Day" completed in 2007 was shown at the Atlanta Festival of the Moving Image in the Marcia Wood Gallery, and in New York at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in 2010. 

Her video documentary/portrait on the painter Regina Bogat, "Regina B" premiered at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam in March 2018, and was nominated for "best international short documentary", and an earlier different version was shown at The Marfa Film Festial in 2014.

Frances most recent solo painting show was at Silas Von Morisse gallery NY in 2017-18, and last year she published her first graphic novel "Ginger Smith and Billy Gee" with settings derived from her paintings.

Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, an Adolphe and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards, the Anonymous Was a Woman grant and a Pollock-Krasner grant. She is Director Emeritus of the Mt.Royal School of Art, The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.