The Orbit of Minor Satellites


Christopher Sullivan is an animator, filmmaker and performance artist whose experimental film and theater work spans 30 years.

Artist Bio

The Orbit of Minor Satellites is an animated feature film comprised of hand-drawn, 2-D animations with painted backgrounds. It tells the story of two different worlds in which characters are interconnected by the most unlikely threads. The first environment is a psychiatrist’s office where a teenage girl is in session with her therapist. The other environment is a cavernous space station on the subarctic desolation of Mimas, one of the moons of Saturn. A core idea in the film is that the pivotal moments of most peoples lives take place in rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and classrooms where conversations, actions and touch shape future events.


Award Year
2012
Status

In Progress

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Christopher Sullivan

Chicago, IL

Christopher Sullivan is an animator, filmmaker and performance artist whose experimental film and theater work spans 30 years. His work has been shown in festivals, theaters and museums worldwide, including the Zagreb Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Short Film Festival, Black Maria Film + Video Festival and Pacific Film Archives. Sullivan recently completed the feature-length animated film, Consuming Spirits, for which he received Guggenheim and Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowships. A. O. Scott of New York Times called Consuming Spirits “entirely original… a wonder.” Earlier iterations of Consuming Spirits were screened at the 2000 Whitney Biennial, The Museum of Modern Art, California Institute of Arts, Wisconsin Film Festival, Milwaukee Museum of Art and Gene Siskel Film Center. Since 2008 Sullivan also has created three evening-length performances, The Outer Giants and Their Moon, Aggression Therapy and Mark The Encounter.