Jonnie In The Lake

Jonnie In The Lake (also has Spanish subtitles)-for FF screener please hit cc to view with video)
A magical experience for 9 year old Jonnie who travels to an underwater city and meets his new friend, a performance actress, Azimer. This animation is hand drawn and based on an original script by Frances Barth, with voice over by Ron Nakahara and David Asta, and includes video performance by Valerie Charles originally from her solo performance "Duanne Does Hollywood". TRT: 09:12…

  • Frances Barth
    Regina, End of the Day, End of the Day, Regina B
  • Frances Barth
    Regina, End of the Day, End of the Day, Regina B
  • Frances Barth
    Regina, End of the Day, End of the Day, Regina B
  • Ron Nakahara
    Key Cast
  • David Asta
    Key Cast
  • Valerie Charles
    Key Cast
    Chang in A Void Moon, Duanne Does Hollywood
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    drama, fantasy, comedy
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 9, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    animation_hand drawn, with video
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New York Short Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    November 7, 2016
    North American premier
    Best Animated Short
  • Sunrise Film Festival
    Pictou, Nova Scotia
    November 12, 2016
    Canadian premier
    nominated for Best Short Film
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    February 24, 2018
    South America-Spanish subtitles
    Official Selection
  • FECIP, Portoviejo Film Festival
    June 17, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Salto Independent Film Festival
    March 31, 2019
    Official Selection
  • The Continental FF
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 27, 2020
    semi finalist
Distribution Information
  • Frances Barth
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Frances Barth

Born in the Bronx, having received her degrees from Hunter College, CUNY, Frances Barth has been working and showing her painting in New York and internationally since the 1960's and making films for the last fifteen years. While an art student she also studied modern-dance,and performed with Yvonne Rainer at Lincoln Center and the Billy Rose Theater in 1968-9, and with Joan Jonas in dance and video in 1970.

Video: During the last 15+ years she has created two animations, two short documentaries, a short b&w film set in 1947 after the Japanese internment, and has just finished her new film “Dreaming Tango”.

Her animation, "Jonnie in the Lake" won Best Animated Short in November 2016 at the New York Short Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Sunrise Film Festival in Nova Scotia. It now has Spanish subtitles and has been shown in Venezuela, Ecuador and Uruguay.

The animation "End of the Day, End of the Day" completed in 2007 was shown at the Atlanta Festival of the Moving Image in the Marcia Wood Gallery, and in New York at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in 2010 and was adapted into a performance with projected video and two actors at Triangle Artists Organization in 2018.
Her documentary/portrait on the painter Regina Bogat, "Regina B" premiered at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2018 and was nominated for Best International Short Documentary; an earlier short called "Regina" was shown at The Marfa Film Festival in 2014. Regina B was also shown at the New York Short Film Festival in November, 2018, at the Sunrise FF in Nova Scotia in 2019, and is currently being shown at Zurcher Gallery in NYC.
In 2017 she published her first graphic novel "Ginger Smith and Billy Gee" with settings derived from her paintings, and she scripted a live theatrical reading from this book with 7 actors that was performed at Silas Von Morisse Gallery in NY in 2018.
Frances’ new documentary “The Audition” premiered in Paris in April 2019, and her new film "Dreaming Tango" has just been completed.
Her awards include two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, an Adolphe and Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant, two American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase awards, the Anonymous Was a Woman grant and a Pollock-Krasner grant. She is Director Emeritas of the Mt. Royal School of Art, The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

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Director Statement

Frances is delighted to be working with actor Ron Nakahara, David Asta, and the performer Valerie Charles in this new hand drawn animation.
Jonnie in the Lake has been a many year labor of love, which has involved hand drawing all the images to animate them, and roto-scope animating and editing a portion of the downtown performance artist Valerie Charles' live performance "Duanne Does Hollywood" to include her as the new character "Azimer" in this animated video.
The screenplay is original with a portion of 'Duanne' included in the dialogue.
The decision to hand draw all the images was done in order to retain the feel of the 'hand' in the making of the drawing.