Private Project


Experimental rotoscoped animation of Aurora as performed by OLGA Vocal Ensemble, Netherlands

  • James Barany
    Metamorphosis 1992, Sleep 1993, Liebeslieder 2003, My Most Important Self Portrait 2005-06, Artist's Statement 2007, On Wisconsin 2007, Project Identity 2007, American Folk Song 2009-10, Libera Me, Cortigiani vil Razza, Dannata, 2010, Oh du Mein Holder Abenstern 2010, 2009-10, Begets 2013, Elfelejtve Apát 2017-18, Aurora 2021, Mu Mano Tulge Latse 2021
  • Philip Barkhudarov
    OLGA Vocal Ensemble
  • OLGA Vocal Ensemble
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Transcendental, Spritiual, Classical, Music Video, Experimental, Animation, Rotoscoped
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands, United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Premiere / 2021 ARFF Amsterdam // International Awards
    September 24, 2021
    European Premiere
    Best Experimental Film / March 2021
  • 2021 Milwaukee Short Film Fest
    United States
    September 11, 2021
    Wisconsin Premiere
    Official Selection / Short Films
  • UK Premiere / 2021 London International Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    UK Premiere
  • The Psychedelic and Film and Music Festival The Psychedelic and Film and Music Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 15, 2021
Distribution Information
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - James Barany

James Barany is an experimental animator, integrated studio artist and Professor of First Year Experience at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). Barany is a former winner in experimental animation of the Mary Nohl Fellowship, Black Maria Film Festival, Transom, Athens International Film Festival, Humboldt International Film Festival and Wisconsin Film Festival. James also performs as a professional Bass-Baritone with the Florentine Opera Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Director Statement

"Aurora is a reminder that our nearness is greater than our distance. Illumination in darkness, glimmering harmony, dancing voices. The darker the world becomes, the clearer we see Aurora."

- OLGA Vocal Ensemble, 2021

Through a compendium of visceral, interdisciplinary and time-based means, my experimental work attempts to embrace the empathy, emotion and memory of the human condition. Time and image transition into a new visual context, taunting, and testing them to offer a deeper, more poetic examination of self.

History and memory are frequently called to question as the variable of changing moments repeatedly transitions. Regardless of subject or situation, what is certain is the pursuit of a more complex, emotional awareness that is experientially human. This collaboration between OLGA Vocal Ensemble, Netherlands and my studio practice allows for the continuum of this exploratory work to expand and thrive.