Private Project


"Decade" is an experimental documentary of the director's upbringing, chronicling from birth to adolescence his journeys at the intersection of an unexamined faith and a larger world. Constructed from family photos, this animated commentary depicts the relationship between a religious mother and her son whose coached memorization and recitation of a Rosary prayer evolves from empty mimicry to comforting ritual, and finally to absurd tedium. An age-old story of uncoupling and rebellion, "Decade" is a non-narrative fever dream, an animated slideshow that uses dark humor and metaphor to capture the spirit of the director's past and the messiness of growth.

  • Paul Michael Rodgers
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental Documentary
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 30 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Paul Michael Rodgers

Paul Michael Rodgers received his B.F.A. in Printmaking from Kent State University and his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Cincinnati. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and the Manhattan Graphics Center. He has worked as an artist assistant to Mel Chin, and as Artist-in-Residence Coordinator for Zygote Press. His recent studio work has been awarded for Best of Show at In Art Gallery, and for the Grand Prize in Animation at the New Jersey Film Festival. Paul Rodgers currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky where he teaches digital media, animation, and foundations courses at the University of Kentucky.

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