Life is like a movie, a really good movie. When film can replicate the same emotions you feel during situations in life, filmmakers are saying "we got you". That's how a film gets on the honor roll.
Carlos Douglas Jr is an animator & director of “Kenya’s Symphony”. Currently enrolled at Columbia College Chicago under the Interactive Arts and Media program, he pursues a Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Animation. He acts as the current president of the Columbia College Chicago Animation Association (CCCAA). CCCAA is a prominent student organization at the college intended to expand curriculum beyond the classroom experience, preparing and opening opportunities for animation students in the industry. In addition to directing and producing his own film (Kenya’s Symphony), he is the production manager on the upcoming 2020 animated short, “Buster and Jamson” as a part of the Animation Production Studio course at Columbia.
Born and raised in Chicagoland, Carlos grew up out of a city filled with deep culture and history. He began art at a very young age and continued his study of the arts into early adulthood. Some of his very first pursuits in the arts consisted of creating simple storylines and characters, which would eventually lead him to developing worlds and fictional concepts. Carlos studied for years under the teachings of Nikki Kutansky, a long-time arts instructor at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana before enrolling at Columbia College Chicago. During his tenure in Nikki’s class, his interest in animation and motion pictures was realized.
Kenya’s Symphony is a 2-D animated short produced and directed by Carlos, with music composed by Michael Van Bodegom Smith (“Beyond The Door”, “Me and Myself”, “Teacher of the Year”). This project was inspired by Carlos’ employment as an usher for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his passion for film and orchestral music. This film was completed over the course of three semesters with no budget. His plan was to produce a film primarily driven by visuals and music. The score was recorded by a 60-piece orchestra and combined with a sound mix for a sonic experience without dialogue. Kenya’s Symphony had its premiere screening at Columbia College Chicago during the Biannual Animation Program Showcase.
Carlos has a goal of producing and directing animated content with narrative. Television and film provide a great outlet for stories to be shared. Post-graduation, he plans to find his place among the animation community and continue to create animated content for the screen.
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
Santa Fe, New Mexico
2021
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Ambitus Film Festival
St. Petersburg
2021
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Standalone Film Festival & Awards
Rancho Cucamonga, California
2021
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Top Indie Film Awards
Tokyo
2021
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Super Duper Diversity Film Festival
Hollywood
2021
Best Animated Short
Kenya's Symphony
1st Monthly Film Festival
Belgrade
2021
Semi-Finalist
Kenya's Symphony
Chicago Indie Film Awards
Chicago
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Tempus Film Festival
Minsk
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival
Toronto
2020
Honorable Mention
Kenya's Symphony
Reale Film Festival - Monthly Awards
Milano
2020
Honorable Mention
Kenya's Symphony
Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Tokyo
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
International Festival of Contemporary Art "Maiden Tower. To Be A Woman"
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Baku International Short Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
International Film and Video Awards <<Catharsis>>
Moscow
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Venice Shorts
Venice, CA
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival
Baku
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Aryan International Children's Film Festival of Jaipur INDIA
Jaipur, Rajasthan
2020
Best Animated Short
Kenya's Symphony
Redwood Shorts and Scripts
Sunnyvale, CA
2020
Finalist
Kenya's Symphony
FLICKFAIR
Las Angeles, CA
2020
Finalist
Kenya's Symphony
New York Animation Film Awards
New York, NY
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Melrose Film Festival
Orlando, FL
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Art All Night- Trenton: 8th Annual Film Festival
Trenton, NJ
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Chicago Southland International Film Festival
Chicago
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
Chicago FEEDBACK Film Festival
Chicago
2020
Official Selection
Kenya's Symphony
The Lift-Off Sessions
Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire
2020
"Best Score" & "Best Film - 1st Runner Up"
Kenya's Symphony
Reel Cinema Fest
Elburn, Illinois
2020
"People's Choice~Small Short"
Kenya's Symphony
Big Teeth Small Shorts Film Festival
Chicago
2020
College
Columbia College Chicago
BA in Traditional Animation
2016Present
High School
Munster High School
20122016
Current City
Chicago, Illinois
Hometown
Munster, Indiana
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Black/African-American
Life is like a movie, a really good movie. When film can replicate the same emotions you feel during situations in life, filmmakers are saying "we got you". That's how a film gets on the honor roll.
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