Audience Awards 2018 / by Altered Esthetics

Each year, attending audience members vote on their favorite films after each Film Festival screening. Two films really stuck out to them; Thursday’s Child by local artist Maret Polzine, and The Dérive by returning artist Tanin Torabi, who won our Creative Vision Award in 2017.

MARET POLZINE - Thursday's Child (Minnesota)
Cody Lamb: composer/performer of music

 Maret Polzine,  Thursday's Child

Maret Polzine, Thursday's Child

"Thursday's Child has far to go. My recollections of childhood invariably lead to memories of storm-watching: Of staring out my window with wide eyes and a soft mouth. As I gazed into the storm, I was never more receptive to the vast journey ahead of me, never more aware of my smallness. But it was also in this meditative state that I found I was not afraid of the void, but soothed by it. As a trans queer artist, I remember this limitless space, before boundaries and labels, as feeling enormous and significant. Thursday's Child has far to go, and what a comfort that is."

Maret Polzine is an artist and arts organizer based in the Twin Cities. Their work frequently features unnamable feelings, using traditional/digital animation techniques to describe elusive and often uncomfortable thoughts. www.maretpolzine.com

 Maret Polzine,  Thursday's Child

Maret Polzine, Thursday's Child

TANIN TORABI - The Dérive (Iran)
Tanin Torabi: Director, performer
Milad Sanaei: Cinematography, Edit
Faran Fahimi: Music

  Tanin Torabi,  The Dérive

 Tanin Torabi, The Dérive

"An exploration of social and cultural issues. A dancer moves among the people in an old bazaar in Tehran capturing the responses and reactions. Dance is prohibited in Iran."

Tanin Torabi طنین ترابی was born in 1992 in Tehran, Iran. She earned her BA in Sociology in Tehran, and her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from University of Limerick, Ireland. Torabi has made several award winning dance films and performances and currently works as a dancer, choreographer and dance film maker in Iran and Ireland.

Her most recent works are The Dérive, Invisible Point, Ruby, Beyond the Frames and Immensity. She has received more than 15 awards for her films to date and her works have been described as "rebellious, creative, inspiring, unbearably elegant and affecting, emblematic and poignant, empowering to women, and with an exceptional ambition that is layered with a complexity of personal and cultural nuance" by festival directors. www.tanintorabi.art

  Tanin Torabi,  The Dérive

 Tanin Torabi, The Dérive

All images courtesy of the artists.

Post written by Chelsea Arden Parker, edited by Sarah Kass.