PanoptiCo

Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched? You probably were. This gothic animated short imagines an organization inspired by the psychologically thrilling concept of the Panopticon, a form of overseeing in which "the guard can observe the individual, but the individual cannot observe the guard and is never aware of when he is being observed." Presented as a spoof infomercial, "PanoptiCo" is a caricature of the Panopticon.

  • Jonathan Henry
    Director
    Orfeo, Mars: Our Next Giant Leap
  • Jonathan Henry
    Writer
    Orfeo, Mars: Our Next Giant Leap
  • Brandon Kennedy
    Key Cast
    "Narrator"
    Orfeo, Mars: Our Next Giant Leap
  • Jonathan Henry
    Animator
  • Jonathan Henry
    Producer
    Orfeo, Mars: Our Next Giant Leap
  • Jonathan Henry
    Editor
    Orfeo, Mars: Our Next Giant Leap
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:1
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • SoCal Film Awards
    Huntington Beach, CA
    United States
    October 4, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    January 4, 2021
    Honorable Mention
  • Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    February 2, 2021
    Nominee
  • New York Tri-State International Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    February 27, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Seoul International Short Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    March 4, 2021
    Award Winner
  • Cairo Indie Short Festival
    Cairo
    Egypt
    March 19, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Vienna Indie Short Film Festival
    Vienna
    Austria
    March 27, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Crown Wood International Film Festival
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    India
    March 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • London Indie Short Festival of 24 Frames
    London
    United Kingdom
    March 19, 2021
    Official Selection
  • New Wave Short Film Festival
    Munich
    Germany
    April 3, 2021
    Finalist
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    April 1, 2021
    Finalist
  • Roma Short Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    April 1, 2021
    Honorable Mention
  • Sydney Indie Short Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    April 11, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Hong Kong Indie Film Festival

    Hong Kong
    April 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Paris International Short Festival
    Paris
    France
    April 17, 2021
    Finalist
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    April 30, 2021
    Honorable Mention
  • Global Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 1, 2021
    Special Mention
  • Japan International Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    May 4, 2022
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Jonathan Henry

Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist who earned his BA in Visual and Performing Arts (video production) and a Minor in Film Studies from Cal State University San Marcos. His films have been screened in festivals around the world. His research project, "3D Praxiniscope," was featured at the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research 2019 and will be featured at the Gaslight Steampunk Expo 2021. He uses his art to explore his other interests of history, mythology, and science.

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