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Decision

Within an expanse of anxiety and faced with a false choice, a decision must be made. Decision is a short animated film that explores one woman’s experience with anxiety and how she handles a perceived false choice.

  • Mary Jo Zefeldt
    Director
  • Ryan Sullivan
    Sound Design/Re-Recording Mixing
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • REEL Recovery Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    September 29, 2016
  • Wilmette Theater, Illinois Screening
    Wilmette
    United States
    April 15, 2016
  • Salon des Refuses at the Ottawa International Animation Festival
    Ottawa
    Canada
    September 22, 2016
  • Clare Island Film Festival
    Clare Island
    Ireland
    September 17, 2016
  • LA Femme Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest
    Chicago
    United States
    Student Short Finalist
  • Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival
    San Fransisco
    United States
    November 5, 2016
  • Cutting Edge Film Festival
    International Secure Online Festival
    November 3, 2016
  • Greenbay Film Festival
    De Pere
    United States
    March 11, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Black Maria Film Festival

    United States
    Director's Choice Award
  • Amarcord Arthouse Television & Video Fest

    United States
    Official Selection
  • Portland Oregon's Women's Film Festival
    Portland
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Taos Shortz Film Fest
    Taos
    United States
    Official Selection
  • River Bend Film Festival
    Goshen
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mary Jo Zefeldt

Mary Jo Zefeldt is an animator and user experience researcher/designer from Chicago, Illinois. She is a recovering attorney and currently pursuing a M.F.A. in Animation and a M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University. Mary Jo also teaches Introduction to 2D animation at Loyola University Chicago. She has recently spoken at both CIMMFEST in Chicago and partner festival to the Tribeca film festival, Games for Change. “Decision” is her debut animated film.

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Director Statement

"Decision" was conceived as a film based on the experience of a single emotion, anxiety. The process of making "Decision" became an exploration into my own anxieties and how art and film-making provide a channel for communicating such as experience.