Private Project

Eye Liner

Bold, crisp, playful animation that explores geometrical archetypes of the human face through shifting abstract compositions and cultural effigies that echo facial features. The ebb and flow of these transitional images transmits line of sight information internally, between the visual elements, and externally, to the viewer. This is the second film in a trilogy that explores patterns of fauna and flora.

  • Joanna Priestley
    Director
    The Rubber Stamp Film (1983), The Dancing Bulrushes (1985), Voices (1985), Jade Leaf (1985), Times Square (1986), Candyjam (1988), She-Bop (1988), All My Relations (1990), After the Fall (1991), Pro and Con (1993), Grown Up (1994), Hand Held (1995), Utopia Parkway (1997), Kali Yuga (2000), Surface Dive (2000), Andaluz (2004), Dew Line (2005), Extended Play (2007), Streetcar Named Perspire (2007), Missed Aches (2009), Eye Liner (2011), Out of Shape (2011), Clam Bake (2012), Choking Hazard (2012), Rumpy Pumpy (2013), Dear Pluto (2012), Split Ends (2013), Bottle Neck (2015)
  • Joanna Priestley
    Producer
    The Rubber Stamp Film (1983), The Dancing Bulrushes (1985), Voices (1985), Jade Leaf (1985), Times Square (1986), Candyjam (1988), She-Bop (1988), All My Relations (1990), After the Fall (1991), Pro and Con (1993), Grown Up (1994), Hand Held (1995), Utopia Parkway (1997), Kali Yuga (2000), Surface Dive (2000), Andaluz (2004), Dew Line (2005), Extended Play (2007), Streetcar Named Perspire (2007), Missed Aches (2009), Eye Liner (2011), Out of Shape (2011), Clam Bake (2012), Choking Hazard (2012), Rumpy Pumpy (2013), Dear Pluto (2012), Split Ends (2013), Bottle Neck (2015)
  • Seth Norman
    Sound Design
    Eye Liner (2011), Clam Bake (2012), Dear Pluto (2012), Split Ends (2013), Bucksville (2014), Bottle Neck (2015)
  • Seth Norman
    Composer
    Eye Liner (2011), Clam Bake (2012), Dear Pluto (2012), Split Ends (2013), Bucksville (2014), Bottle Neck (2015)
  • Project Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 28, 2011
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • USA Film Festival
    USA Film Festival
    First Prize
  • Black Maria Film and Video Festival
    USA
    Second Prize
  • Melbourne International Animation Festival 
    Australia
  • London International Animation Festival
    London, UK
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival 
    Ottawa, Canada
  • ANIFEST
    Czech Republic
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
    USA
  • Portland International Film Festival
    Portland, OR, USA
  • Animac
    Spain
  • Local Sightings Film Festival
    USA
  • Salem Film Festival
    USA
  • Northwest Film Forum
    USA
  • Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival
    USA
Distribution Information
  • Priestley Motion Pictures
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Joanna Priestley

Joanna Priestley has produced, directed and animated 27 films (and one iOS app) about subjects dear to her heart: poetry, abstraction, plants, relationships and prison. Her work maintains a high level of porosity between serious exploration of boundaries and intuitive whimsy and she is dedicated to experimentation in technique and content while always exploiting mistakes and utilizing accidents. Priestley has had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland), American Cinematheque (Los Angeles, CA), Hiroshima Animation Festival (Japan) and Stuttgart Animation Festival (Germany) and she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Creative Capital. Priestley teaches animation workshops worldwide, was founding president of ASIFA Northwest and has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1992, where she annually juries the Student Academy Awards and the Nicholl Screenplay Fellowships. Her films are available at www.primopix.com.

"She's the queen of independent animation." -Bill Plympton

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Director Statement

"The exquisite animated world of Joanna Priestley has been one of the best kept secrets of the toon community. Whether she’s exploring our common fears and phobias, observing the vicissitudes of modern romance or commenting on turning 40, her many styles and visions are undeniably original and hard to forget."
— Animation Magazine

"Priestley has spent the past 25 years pushing the boundaries of the genre with inventive, often irreverent shorts on topics such as aging, prison and plants."
—Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times

"Imaginative, playful and whimsical, Priestley's work radiates a sense of wonder and delight about the art of animation."
—Maral Mohammadian, Cartoons: the International Journal of Animation.