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UNCC Art Professor's Film Is An International Hit

Art Professor Heather Freeman's animated film, Artemis, has garnered audiences all over the world. Her film has been screened at 35 national and international film festivals.

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In Artemis, an (unfortunate) driver witnesses what happens to a stag's spirit and body after it is struck by a car.

This short, experimental animation walks the hedges between Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, but primarily explores a polytheistic view of the rural American landscape. As Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Terry Pratchett's Small Gods both explore polytheism in mundane (yet highly dynamic) landscapes, I decided to explore one individual's experience of a Mystery. And this Mystery takes place along a road, like any other rural road in US, in an incident that repeats itself over a million times a year. (via Professor Freeman's website)

A love for art and a heart for film

Heather Freeman has been a professor at UNC Charlotte since 2006. She is co-director of the College of Arts + Architecture’s Digital Arts Center (d-Arts) and author of The Moving Image Workshop: Introducing animation, motion graphics and visual effects in 45 practical projects (Fairchild Press).

This project was made possible by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, the Blumenthal Endowment, and the Arts and Science Council of Mecklenburg county.

Artemis is currently under consideration for film and video festivals and not yet available on the web. Please contact the artist at if you would like to preview this work for a public screening.

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