SFC- Shoah Film Collection

Shelley Jordon


Shelley Jordon (USA)

is a Portland, Oregon-based painter and filmmaker whose hand painted animations and animated installations explore the intersection between interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. Awarded the 2010 Visual Arts Fellowship for the American Academy in Jerusalem pilot program,her artwork has been exhibited internationally Jordon received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Brooklyn College and is a Professor of Art at Oregon State University,

Title: “Anita’s Journey”, 2011, 8:00
Against all odds, three generations of Anita Graetz’s German Jewish family survived underground for two-and on half years in and around Berlin, Germany. “Anita’s Journey” is a hand-painted, stop-motion animation about the film-maker’s now deceased mother-in-law’s, experience, depicted from six-year-old Anita’s point of view. Based on a memoir written by Anita’s father, artist/film-maker Shelley Jordon uses a variety of painting, drawing and mixed-media techniques to communicate the experience through a narrative created from images that combine historical facts with imagined dreams and memories.