I am a middle-class Black American housewife who greenscreens performance art movies and makes animation in my livingroom. My practice is based on improvisational acting and storytelling. I have screened internationally in visual arts venues since 2008 & on the film festival circuit since 2014. Special recognition: Senses of Cinema Top Films of 2019; Best Animated Feature Film, Hazel Eye Film Festival (2019); Best Fx Design, FICOCC #13 (2018); Grand Jury Award (2016) & Gold Award (2018), L.A.N.N.E.F.F.
Year of creation: 2011
TRAVELING TO. Selected for STREETVIDEOART/Larcade Gallery, Paris, 2012.
Year of creation: 2013
RUNNING OUT. Selected for Pineapple Underground Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2014.
Year of creation: 2014
BEFORE CHILL. Selected for Creative Arts Film Festival and awarded Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography, Online festival, 2016. Semi-Finalist, Directed By Women-NYC Shorts of All Sorts, 2018. Selected for MoziMotion, The Netherlands, 2019.
THE SOUND OF BEING. Toured internationally in Magmart F.I.V.E., 2014-2015. Exhibited in CCIFabrika “Now&After17,” Moscow, RU, 2017.
QUEEN by Sylvia Toy. Exhibited at Siger Gallery, London, 2018.
Year of creation: 2015
THE BLUE LADY by Sylvia Toy. Exhibited in 1974-1978 UNL Alumni Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE, 2016. Selected for VIOLENCE TRANSFORMED, Boston, 2018.
Passages, a Myth. PASSAGES, A MYTH | DISCOVERY OF THE PREGNANCY OF THE KING, exhibited in Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece, 2016 and at Visual Container, Milan, IT 2017. Exhibited in The Wrong Biennale, Valencia, ES, 2019.
KILLER JANE Pre-production videos. 2015-2017. Selected for L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival and awarded a Femmes Fatales Grand Jury Award, 2016.
Year of creation: 2016
THE HARPY by Sylvia Toy. Selected for Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, September, 2016. Selected for The Wrong Biennale, Valencia, ES, 2019.
VOICE, a performance art movie. VOICE was an official selection of Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, 2017, and received an Honorable Mention from LA Underground Film Forum in 2016. VOICE was part of the “Stimmen” exhibition at schau.Räume (Austria) in 2018. VOICE festival cuttings screened in VisualContainer TV, HearteartH Project, International Video Art Exchange Program, and CM Projects’ Chemcraft Exhibit, 2015-2017. VOICE FESTIVAL CUTTING 3 selected for Underground FilmFest and Black Underground FilmFest.
Year of creation: 2017
THE HARPY Tribunal. Exhibited on Art Web Gallery, La Spezia, IT, online June-July 2017. Exhibited in The Wrong Biennale, Valencia, ES, 2019.
KILLER JANE by Sylvia Toy. Exhibited at Klanghaus, Oakland CA, May 2017. Selected for Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Film Awards, November 2017.
AND SO I SAID. Exhibited in Burnt Experimental Video Art and Film Festival, Montreal, December 2017. Exhibited in Kino Club Split, Croatia, November 2018.
SEQUENCE 13. Five Continents International Film Festival, (CIOCC), Chile, 2018.
SEQUENCE 32. Underground FilmFest, 2017, Munich. Straight Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival, 2019.
CREDO: A PILGRIM. Exhibited in “The Democracy Scrabble Project” at Visual Container’s [.Box], Milan and on Visual Container TV, 2018.
DON’T TAKE THIS THE WRONG WAY, BUT. Exhibited in “The Democracy Scrabble Project” at Visual Container’s [.Box], Milan and on Visual Container TV, 2018.
MERGE. Exhibited on Art Web Gallery, La Spezia, IT, online April 2018. Screened in International Videoperformance, MACRO, Rome, 2019.
THE VICTIM. Exhibited in Il Mio Corpo Poetico, Il Mio Politico, Milan, 2018. Selected for Hyperflexion Contemporary Art, South Africa, 2019.
Year of creation: 2018
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SOUL: Scene 6. Exhibited at Hyperflexion Contemporary Art, South Africa, 2019.
CREATION by Sylvia Toy. Best Fx Design, FICOCC, 2018. Best Animated Feature Film, Hazel Eye Film Festival, Nashville, 2019. Excerpts exhibited in The Black Woman Is God, 2018. Selected for Zuma Film Festival, Abuja, Nigeria, 2019. CREATION|NIGHT FINDS A BLACK HOLE, excerpt exhibited in The Wrong Biennale, Valencia, ES, 2019.
DAY IN NIGHT. Exhibited at Siger Gallery, London, 2019. Semi-Finalist, Directed By Women-NYC Shorts of all Sorts, 2019. Semi-Finalist, Austin Arthouse Film Festival, 2019.
THE SELF-MADE TRAP: Tre. Toured internationally in Global Videos 2018. Exhibited at PLAY Room, The Netherlands, 2019.
DREAM One. Selected for Dreamtime/Lys d’Or Gallery, 2019.
DREAM Four. Selected for Dreamtime/Lys d’Or Gallery, 2019.
SLEEPWALKER. Selected for Dreamtime/Lys d’Or Gallery, 2019.
SNOW. Selected for Burnt Experimental Video Art and Film Festival, Montreal, 2018.
FLIGHT. Selected for We Make Movies International Film Festival, 2019.
Year of creation: 2019:
The Secret Life of La Dottoressa Giulia Verne, Kino Klub Split, Split, Croatia, 2019.
January 2020, http://sensesofcinema.com/2020/world-poll/world-poll-2019-part-3/ – 7
August 2019, http://www.themugwumpcorporation.com/2019/08/five-questions-sylvia-toy_26.html?m=1
June 2018, issuu.com/cine.makers/docs/special.edition/74 July 2017, theheroinejourney2016.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/the-heroines-journey-of-sylvia-toy/
July 2016, medium.com/@12Catwoman/artist-retrospective-the-unsung-genius-of-sylvia-toy-2cc3f1a9bd5e
July, 2011, http://vip.newmediafest.org/?page_id=674
Rewind Performance Art Festival, Jakarta
The Wrong Biennale, Valencia
International Videoperformance, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO)
Austin Arthouse Film Festival
Directed By Women–NYC Shorts of All SortsMoziMotion, The Netherlands
We Make Movies International Film Festival, Los Angeles
Straightjacket Guerrilla Film Festival
”F is For” Feminism and the Female Form, South Africa
Hazel Eye Experimental Film Festival
Dreamtime, Lys d’Or Gallery
Politics of Moisture, London
Radical 2019 Group Show at Hyperflexion, South Africa
u bent hier/The Netherlands
Global Videos/The Netherlands
Austin Arthouse Film Festival
Directed by Women|NY Shorts of All Sorts
Sylvia Toy St. Louis Monography, Visual Container TV
The Black Woman Is God/US
Il mio corpo poetico, il mio corpo politico/Milan
Five Continents Int’l Film Festival/Venezuela
Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Film Awards
Burnt Experimental Video Art + FilmFest/Montreal
The Unstitute Projection Room
Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival
Video Art Miden @ Visual Container/Milan
The Videoperformance/Art Web Gallery
Creative Arts Film Festival/US
Bucharest ShortCut CineFest
L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival
Yami-Ichi, Tate Modern
F.I.V.E. Feelings, 2014-17
PUFF Film Festival/Hong Kong
SKY ARTE HD TV/Italy