Private Project

Elizabeth Sees

This animation is a portrait of a true character, a blind woman with only a tiny pinhole of vision. The story focuses on how she uses her limited vision, her sketchbook, and technology to piece together the world around her, one piece at a time. It is an animation full of visual play. Beyond telling Elizabeth’s story, the animation is ultimately about the need we all have to visualize the big picture even though we can only understand small details.

  • Val Magarian
  • Abby Posner
  • Val Magarian
  • Emily Corwin
    Sound Editor
  • Val Magarian
  • Emily Corwin
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    24,000 USD
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    hand drawn animation
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  • DocLA
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 20, 2017
    World Premiere
    Best Animated Documentary
  • Cinema on the Bayou
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    United States
    January 27, 2018
    Louisiana Premiere
    Best Animated Short
  • Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 24, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Fargo Film Festival
    United States
    March 21, 2018
    North Dakota Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Indie Grits
    Columbia, South Carolina
    United States
    April 12, 2018
    South Carolina premiere
    Official Selection
  • Sarasota Film Festival
    Sarasota, Florida
    United States
    April 14, 2018
    Florida premiere
    Official Selection
  • Female Eye Film Festival
    June 27, 2018
    Canadian Premiere
    Best Animation
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival
    September 15, 2018
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival
    Santa Cruz, California
    United States
    October 4, 2018
    Best Animation
  • Tacoma Film Festival
    Tacoma, Washington
    United States
    October 6, 2018
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
    East Hampton, New York
    United States
    October 8, 2018
    New York State premiere
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    Wichita, Kansas
    United States
    October 19, 2018
Director Biography - Val Magarian

Val Magarian is a painter and animator living in Kitchener, Ontario, in Canada. She grew up in the Utah desert, coastal California, and the highlands of Guatemala. Her work explores the people and places she knows best, as well as the strange twists and turns that bring people together. Val holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and works as an educator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Her most recent animation, Elizabeth Sees, was made possible by grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.

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