Todd Downing

Moving Image, 2000

Before Jeffrey’s Hollywood Screen Trick, Todd Downing made the short film Dirty Baby Does Fire Island, which mixed stop-motion animation with live action to tell the story of a naive baby doll who washes onto the shores of the Fire Island Pines. Dirty Baby Does Fire Island has played at festivals around the world and won awards for Best Animation at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and at the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 1998, as well as an award for Creativity and Technical Merit at the New School Graduate Student Showcase. Dirty Baby Does Fire Island was released theatrically and on DVD by First Run Features and has been purchased by The Sundance Channel and by England’s Channel 4. It was also included in a European exhibit of Underground American Film curated by Martha Colburn and featured in two British documentaries on animation.

Awards and Accomplishments

2003: Downing receives New York State Council on the Arts Grant

2003: Downing receives Best Animated Film Award for _Jeffrey’s Hollywood Screen Trick_ at Villa do Condo, Portugal

2002: Downing receives Jury Award for Best Short for _Jeffrey’s Hollywood Screen Trick_ at the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

2002: Downing receives New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship