I am a middle-class Black housewife who greenscreens movies in my livingroom. I have screened internationally in visual arts venues since 2008 & on the film festival circuit since 2014. I am pleased to have received some special recognition: Golden Leaf for Best Animated Feature Film, Hazel Eye Film Festival (2019); Best Fx Design, FICOCC #13 (2018); Nominee, Best Editing, Austin Arthouse Film Festival (2018); Grand Jury Award (2016) & Gold Award (2018), L.A.N.N.E.F.F.; Hon. Mention/Cinematography & Best Director Nominee (2017), Creative Arts Film Festival.
Year of creation: 2007
Psychotic Artifacts. Exhibited in The Revolution Will Be Televised, Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2008.
Year of creation: 2010
Depression As Geography. Exhibited in ‘CologneOff VII, Marrakech and Turkestan, 2011.
Year of creation: 2011
Indigo Lady pre-production videos. Exhibited at Galerie Chartier, West Haven, CT, 2013; KAPAS Film Festival, Spain, 2012.
TRAVELING TO. Selected for STREETVIDEOART/Larcade Gallery, Paris, 2012.
Runnn. Exhibited on Skye Arte TV, Italy, 2013-2014.
TYFTB (thank you from the bottom), (remastered and re-released 2017). Pre-production video screened at Galerie Chartier, West Haven CT, 2013.
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. Excerpt, PASSAGES, A MYTH | DISCOVERY OF THE PREGNANCY OF THE KING, exhibited in Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece, 2016 and at Visual Container, Milan, IT 2017. Invitation, The Wrong Biennale, Valencia 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, 2019.
VOICE, a performance art movie. VOICE was an official selection of Straightjacket Guerrilla Film Festival, 2020, and 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. Invitation, The Wrong Biennale, Valencia 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. Excerpt, CREATION by Sylvia Toy: Night Finds a Black Hole, Invitation, The Wrong Biennale, Valencia 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. Official Selection of Cinematic Panic, 2020.
Year of creation: 2020:
GOODBYE, exhibited in Bologna in Lettere, 2020.
THE LABYRRINTH by Sylvia Toy: Riverwoman Bathing 1. Official Selection of Image Play – International Video Art Festival – II Edition, 2020. Official Selection of Burnt Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, 2021.
Year of Creation: 2021
THE LABYRRINTH by Sylvia Toy: Arrival of One. Exhibited in Bologna in Lettere, 2021.
HALF LIVES by Sylvia Toy, Official Selection of L’âge d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival, 2021. Special Mention, Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival, 2021.