Los Angeles, CA
Suzan Pitt (1943-2019) made paintings and animated films that have won numerous prizes worldwide. Her film Asparagus won first prize at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival along with the International Critics Prize. Her film Joy Street premiered at the New York Film Festival, was in competition at Sundance, and was awarded Best Short Film at the Naples Film Festival and the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. She has had major exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York, and the Stedlijk Museum in Amsterdam. Pitt has created two multimedia shows at the Venice Biennale and Harvard University. Pitt is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar Award, three NEA Fellowships, and a Rockefeller Fellowship. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. Her films have been broadcast on PBS, The Sundance Channel, Showtime, Channel Four in England, and PayTV in Germany.
Pitt passed away in 2019.
El Doctor is a 26-minute animation set in Mexico in 1940. Inspired by the drawings of Mexican artist Posada for turn-of-the-century penny magazines, the animation is graphically complex and narrative-driven, with a story told in both English and Spanish. Like Posada’s work, this darkly comic film is embedded in Mexican religion, superstition and the tradition of treating miraculous occurrences as real.