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Angels, They Say

This three-minute, stop-motion animation, uses handmade drawings and cut paper to create an enigmatic world, inhabited by the familiar and the extraordinary. Interweaving voices recite excerpts from Rainer Maria Rilke’s First Duino Elegy, a wistful accompaniment to a lyrical meditation on mortality.

  • Miriam Hitchcock
  • Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Miriam Hitchcock
  • Richard Wohlfeiler
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 8, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Miriam Hitchcock

Born in San Francisco, California, Miriam Hitchcock grew up on the peninsula. Completing a BFA at University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MFA in Painting, from Yale University, Miriam went on to teach painting, drawing and design at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Cornell University. Miriam instructed studio courses in Rome, Italy through Cornell University, and The American University in Rome. As Art studio faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1992 to 2012, she taught Painting and Drawing at all levels. Miriam now works full time in her studio in Santa Cruz, California.

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Director Statement

Art making has been, for me, a means of understanding the ordinary and illuminating the familiar. Endeavoring to make sense of experience, endure loss, and survive the complexities and absurdities of daily living, provides me with compelling content.

My creative attitude and process are further informed by the displacement and fragmentation characteristic of contemporary life, and by the landscape we inhabit and construct against a diminishing wilderness.

In recent years, I have expanded my studio practice to include animation, as an extension of drawing and a potent means of collaborating with poetic text and sound.