Screening in Milan

Screening in Milan @Visualcontainer: my short movie “Don’t Take This the Wrong Way, But.” I am so psyched.

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Artist’s Life 101: “Dear Curator …”

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Dear Curator,

Thank you for your letter.

First, cards on the table: I am an old lady with a deadly sense of humor who has received rejections in 5 different art forms – including the 65 rejections of my novel, alone. Please read this in the spirit in which it is intended.

Your rejection letter is exactly the same one you sent me last year and also in 2011. This year when I received your letter for the third time, it hit me that your standard rejection sounds like a condolences note and I started to laugh.

Old people are mean sometimes though most of us don’t intend to be – after a certain age the brain starts refusing to indefinitely entertain negativity; and things like your condolences rejection that made us cry when were younger, often make us laugh when we’re older.

It’s unfortunate that it takes us 60 years to learn not to take ourselves and our projects so seriously. Otherwise, we’d all have a lot more fun.

Sincerely,

That Woman Who Works Here

They can’t hear themselves

It’s a mistake for the #mentallyill to go on the defensive about #gunviolence. #NTs will never accept #responsibility for their own #negativethoughtpatterns the way people who’ve had years of treatment have been taught. NTs, #gunnuts or not, always blame somebody/something else.

CREATION by Sylvia Toy (Trailer) © 2018

CREATION is an experimental, greenscreen art film inspired by the Central African creator god, Mbombo, who created the world by vomiting it. The two main characters in CREATION are The First One (Night), who suddenly appears out of a void of light – i.e., a Big Bang event – and immediately vomits The Second One (God). The First One hates existence. The Second One loves existence so much that he/she begins vomiting all the parts of the Universe. My research has been developing characters, story, and the techniques for making the movie CREATION.
Assistant cinematographer, Lo Schafer.​ Additional footage by Mitch Martinez. Additional photography by Michael Lewis. Animations by Sylviatoyindustries with Lo Schafer. Special effects, music and sound by Sylviatoyindustries. Dramaturgy by Michael Lewis. Produced and directed by Sylviatoyindustries. Thanks to Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Sonia Laura Armaniaco, Roberta D’Alois, Danny Germansen and DC Spensley.​
MATERIALS: Greenscreen, red felt backdrops, wood, wooden tables, plexiglass, leotards, painter’s coveralls, skullcaps, gloves, socks, theatrical makeup, styrofoam, foamcore, plastic bags, chicken eggs, balloons, found images, found sound, human actor.

CREATION by Sylvia Toy (excerpt) © 2018

www.youtube.com/watch

CREATION is an experimental, greenscreen art film inspired by the Central African creator god, Mbombo, who created the world by vomiting it. The two main characters in CREATION are The First One (Night), who suddenly appears out of a void of light – i.e., a Big Bang event – and immediately vomits The Second One (God). The First One hates existence. The Second One loves existence so much that he/she begins vomiting all the parts of the Universe. My research has been developing characters, story, and the techniques for making the movie CREATION. Assistant cinematographer, Lo Schafer.

MATERIALS: Greenscreen, red felt backdrops, wood, wooden tables, plexiglass, leotards, painter’s coveralls, skullcaps, gloves, socks, theatrical makeup, styrofoam, foamcore, plastic bags, chicken eggs, balloons, found images, found sound, human actor.

CREATION by Sylvia Toy (excerpt) © 2018

www.youtube.com/watch

CREATION is an experimental, greenscreen art film inspired by the Central African creator god, Mbombo, who created the world by vomiting it. The two main characters in CREATION are The First One (Night), who suddenly appears out of a void of light – i.e., a Big Bang event – and immediately vomits The Second One (God). The First One hates existence. The Second One loves existence so much that he/she begins vomiting all the parts of the Universe. My research has been developing characters, story, and the techniques for making the movie CREATION. Assistant cinematographer, Lo Schafer.

MATERIALS: Greenscreen, red felt backdrops, wood, wooden tables, plexiglass, leotards, painter’s coveralls, skullcaps, gloves, socks, theatrical makeup, styrofoam, foamcore, plastic bags, chicken eggs, balloons, found images, found sound, human actor.