origenes

"Origenes"a short movie
featuring work by Guadalupe Urbina

Karl

"Quest For Justice"
a short movie featuring the artwork by
the Korean Comfort Women

Kaz

Miracles of Each Moment
a short movie
featuring Kaz Tanahashi

Ansel

Exposing Ansel Adams
a short film featuring
the darkroom assistants of
Ansel Adams

Dagestan

Sacred Geomety

Dagestan

Children of War - trailer

Lordac

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SHORT DIGITAL FILMS
PRODUCED BY IRIS ARTS

ORIGENES

Music & Art by Guadalupe Urbina; Costa Rica 2008. Editing, creative direction and animation by Verona Fonté


JAGUAR WOMAN

The idea for this video came from a painting Guadalupe Urbina was working with. The concept underlying the painting was the transformation of energy between between the powerful animals in the Mayan pantheon and the women warrior spirit of this culture. Verona Fonte, as collaborator, was attracted to the underlying principal and took some of the images Guadalupe has painted and made this short video. It is another iteration of the collaboration of these two artists. Creative direction and animation by Verona Fonté.

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Using the artwork of the Korean comfort women, this film tells the story of one women, Kim Duk Soon, taken as teenage from Korea to China and then Nanjing by the Japanese Government to serve in “military comfort stations” where they were sexual slaves for the Japanese soldiers. (2002) Creative direction, editing and animation by Verona Fonté

EXPOSING ANSEL ADAMS

This film was produced by the Ansel Adams Gallery and was shown at the Centennial Celebration and was shown at a gathering sponsored by Jeanne and Michael Adams in Yosemite in 2002. Creative direction and editing by Verona Fonté, Cinematography by Tom Bair.

A  PEACEFUL WARRIOR

This film about a teacher in the Caucasus region of Dagestan is teaching children martial arts, arts, meditiation and peace. A brilliant strategy in a land where every man carries a weapon and machismo prevails. Screen in Russia and Dagestan. Format is being updated. Filmed in Dagestan, Russia 1994 -1996. Creative direction and editing by Verona Fonté; Cinematography by John Knopps & Verona Fonté.

MIRACLES OF EACH MOMENT

This film features the art of Kaz Tanahashi's eno's while he describes the phenomena of imperfection and impermanence.  Creative direction, editing and animation by Verona Fonté. 2003

KARL LINN'S CHILDHOOD FROM  GERMANY  TO  PALESTINE

Karl was born in Germany in 1923 and immigrated to Palestine in 1934, leaving there just as World War II was ending.  His life reflected a pattern or optimism always seeking community, peace and justice.  Creative direction, cinematography and editing by Verona Fonté. 2005

KARL LINN MEMORIAL

Karl died at home in Berkeley in 2005, just as we finished our work together. This short film was made for his memorial service in Berkeley which was attended by many people - community members as well as former cohorts and students from his days as a professor to architects and landscape architects and the University of Pennsylvania. Creative direction and editing by Verona Fonté.

GALILEO GALILEI - THE PISA PADUA YEARS - draft

Galileo Galilei February 15 1564 – January 8 1642, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for Copernicanism. Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy", the "father of modern physics", the "father of science", and "the Father of Modern Science". His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments. Creative direction and animation by Verona Fonté.

SACRED GEOMETRY

Creative direction, editing and animation by Verona Fonté (2005)

THE SOUL OF OAXACA

A short designed and produced by Verona Fonte using the images of the artist Roman Llaguno from the province of Oaxaca in Mexico. The narrative was also written by Verona Fonte and is based on Roman's description of his life and work. This is another example of work done with the paintings of an artist that are deconstructed and then animated into a narrative about the work of the artist. Creative direction, editing and animation by Verona Fonté. (2004)

JAGUAR WOMAN

The concept underlying the painting was the transformation of energy between between the powerful animals in the Mayan pantheon and the women warrior spirit of this culture. (2010)

EL SOL LLEGO

A short poem by Guadalupe Urbina about time; creative direction and animation by Verona Fonte using 3D animation. (2011)

MISRA YANTRA

An animation of the "emerging" Misra Yantra of the Jantar Mantar observatory located in New Delhi, India showing how this 60 foot high astronomical instruments is structured. (2012)


These films will be posted shortly

ANSEL ADAMS ILLUMINES
For an exhibition of Ansel’s work in the state of Washington 2007 Editing by Verona Fonté. (2008)

WE MUST NOT FORGET THE CHILDREN
A fundraising and promotional film for Balkans YouthLink filmed in Kosova immediately after US bombing during break-up of former Yugoslavia. It is about youth leaders who were actively working with non violent means to restabilize their region. Based on children in Kosava after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Creative direction, cinematography, editing by Verona Fonté. (1999)

CHILDREN OF WAR
The trailer for a feature length film uses artwork, poetry and stories of children as the narrative to telll the story of homeless children refugees in Roma (gypsy) camps in Italy during the war in Kosava in 1998. Produced by Two Shoes Production, Iris co-produced, did production sound, and provided post production facilities.

LODRAK KARCHU MONASTERY, BHUTAN
A short film about the Ngingma Monastery in Bumtang, Bhutan, where Namkhai Nyingpo is Rinpoche. The vido was donated to his organization for fundraising in Australian in 2000. Creative direction, cinematography, editing by Verona Fonté.

EARTH TREASURE JARS
Cynthia Jurs, an American Buddhist and her Tibetan teacher in Asia are sending jars filled with prayers for world pease to be buried in sacred places around the world. Each jar is buried in community ceremonies in far away location to create a solidarity across distances. The film is used to both promote peace and inform others of the work. Creative direction, editing and cinematography by Verona Fonté 1998

Production Note:  Verona Fonté filmed, composed and edited "Origenes", "Quest For Justice", Karl Linn's films, "Miracles of Each Moment", "The Soul of Oaxaca", "We Must Not Forget The Children", "Lodrak Karch Monestary", "Earth Treasure Jars". She edited and interviewed subjects for "Exposing Ansel Adams". She reconfigured footage used in another film about Ansel Adams and edited "Ansel Adams Illumines".  She was sound person in Italy for the trailer "Children of War" and provided Iris Arts editing studio for this film.