Helen Hill Memorial


"Helen Hill was an artist, filmmaker, community activist and subversive southern belle…Her life was an inspired art project." -The Guardian

Jack H. Skirball Screening Series

This special tribute looks back at the life and work of beloved experimental animation artist, filmmaker and activist Helen Hill, whose murder in New Orleans earlier this year sent shock-waves through independent film communities far and wide and sparked huge protests by residents in her adopted home. A graduate of Harvard and CalArts, Hill drew inspiration from the cut-out silhouettes of Lotte Reiniger and went on to incorporate other techniques—stop-motion, puppetry, cycles, drawing on film—in her own award-winning animation. Hill and her husband, Dr. Paul Gailunas, eventually moved to New Orleans, where she quickly became a prominent member of the city’s arts community. Her family was displaced following Hurricane Katrina but soon returned to work with grassroots groups in rebuilding the city. Then tragedy struck: Hill was shot to death by an unknown intruder in the early hours of January 4, 2007. She was 36.

Curated and introduced by Maureen Selwood, codirector of the CalArts Program in Experimental Animation.

Associated Images: 


Date/Time G ST CA
Mon 10.1.07 8:00 pm $9 $7 $4

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff