2013 Sarah Jacobson Grantees

Gina Kelly

Super Natura is an experimental animation which follows the life of one grasshopper whose rear legs are bigger than the legs of anyone he knows.  Incorporating stop motion, paint-on glass, dried insects, and replacement animation techniques, we spring through the world of the minute, until a moment of danger arrives under the magnifying glass.  Stunned by his reflection, the grasshopper must choose to ‘see’ himself, or accept his fate.  A simple story about narcissism, competition, and climbing to the top without considering why or what for.

Talena Sanders

Liahona is an experimental documentary examining the culture, history, and lived experience of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, often referred to as the Mormon faith. The film creates a portrait of Mormonism through documentation of LDS cultural dominance in Utah, the suppressed history of folk magic in the early church, landmark Mormon life experiences, and Sanders’ personal history and connection to the church. Liahona shifts through perspectives on the religion – from reverence to questioning, presenting the complexities of the vast institution of Mormonism contrasted with the tenuity of individual faith.