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Twist of Fate
Twist of Fate
Ground Zero/Sacred Ground
Ground Zero/
Sacred Ground
Perpetual Motion
Perpetual Motion
Nine Lives
Nine Lives
Yours for the Taking
Yours for the Taking
Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies

Nine Lives

(1987 • 7 minutes)
Music by Ken Field, Robert Moses and Ken Winokur

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A fortune teller’s cards lead the viewer on a journey through time and collective memory, using the metaphor of a cat’s multiple lives.

“The cat of Karen Aqua’s episodic acts of legerdemain becomes a summary of possibilities for the human personality. Grace, wisdom, mystery and predation are all components in this masquerade of life.”

— George Griffin, Film Forum program notes

Marin County Film Festival, 1987: 2nd Prize, Animation
Sinking Creek Film Celebration, 1987: Judge’s Award
ASIFA-East Animation Awards, NYC, 1988: 3rd Prize, Soundtrack
Big Muddy Film Festival, 1988: Honorable Mention
New England Film Festival, 1987: Honorable Mention
Bucks County Film Festival, 1987: Honorable Mention

Independent Filmmakers’ Exposition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, 1988
Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films, Yugoslavia, 1988
Shanghai International Animation Film Festival, China, 1988
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 1988
Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 1988: Touring Showcase
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1988
Denver International Film Festival, 1987
Humboldt Film/Video Festival, 1988
Women in Film Festival, Los Angeles, 1987
Athens International Film/Video Festival, Ohio, 1987

“Streams of Consciousness: New American Animation” Film Forum, NYC, 1988
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988
“Magic Movies: The Best of New Animation” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1988
On Screen: A Celebration of Women in Film, San Francisco, 1988
Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago, 1988
Coolidge Corner Movie House, Boston, 1987: Festival of Women’s Animation
First Night, Boston, 1987
Boston Film/Video Foundation, 1987: New England Regional Fellowship Winners
Neighborhood Film/Video Project, Philadelphia, 1987
“Women's Animation in the 80’s” Seattle Art Museum, 1987

Television Broadcasts:
The Movie Channel/Showtime, 1987-88
“Image Union” WTTW, Chicago Public Television, 1987

Print Purchase:
Sinking Creek Film Celebration
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