Sarah Jane Lapp

The Neightborhood Cat (1999) b&w, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, environment / nature, personal / diary / journal

"a quirky and completely hand-drawn animation, The Neighborhood Cat, is a work that just might challenge your notion of a cat's evolution." (Summi Kaipa / San Francisco Bay Guardian )

"... borders on the abstract with a squiggly cool cat that disdains its owner..." (TS/ The Chicago Reader)

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Happy are the Happy (Your Best Joke, Please) (1999) 16mm, , 18 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, comedy, ethnic / multicultural, history, landscape / architecture, music, polititcal / social activism, psychology & mental health

in collaboration with Jenny Perlin

Happy are the Happytraces a journey into humor, guided by the survivors of not-so-happy lives. How does one generation of survivors communicate with the next? Can humor function as a shared language for disparate communities of displaced people-specifically, a difficult diaspora of Bosnian, Jewish, and Romany refugees? And could you tell us your best joke, please? Of its participants and its viewers, this experimental, non-fiction film asks these questions and other relating to the matrix of memory, survival, and comic impulse of everyday life-in Prague and beyond.

"Happy are the Happy delicately explores the power of humor to heal in the face of tragedy. Softly lit in elegant black and white, survivors of the Holocaust and recent Baltic atrocities share the simple amusements that sustained them and the jokes that still keep them sane..." (Paul Malcolm / LA Weekly)

"Is there anything funny about war? Sarah Jane Lapp, a Minneapolis-born filmmaker who earned a Fulbright Fellowship at the prestigious FAMU in Prague, had the opportunity to interview survivors from Auschwitz and the siege of Sarajevo in her 1999 short "Happy Are the Happy (Your best joke, please)," and confirmed that the only humor to be found is in the form of bitter jokes about retained limbs, the relentless repetition of harsh daily lives, and such intermittent pastimes as collecting fleas. In a brief running time, Lapp succeeds - through interviews, innovative montage, and lingering shots of ace that have seen too much - to endow her survivors' tales with incredible dignity and heart..." (Caroline Palmer / Minneapolis City Pages )

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Revised Lesson Plan For Private Kim Jae Won (1999) 16mm, b&w, 3 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, children / youth, ethnic / multicultural, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, psychology & mental health

A gift for my former student upon the eve of his matriculation to the Korean army.

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Sweetface (1999-2013) color, 28 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

Keywords: arts & artists, autobiography, comedy, economics, ethnic / multicultural, family, films about films, history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, polititcal / social activism, psychology & mental health

Animator Sarah Jane Lapp's Sweetface 2000-2013) is a "personal essay film which uses sugar production as a point of departure to explore a variety of relational moments that involve power, gratitude, and love. The film evolved from the filmmaker's hand-production of about 1,000 sugar packets, the majority of which she gave as gifts to workers at the Domino Sugar Refinery during their twenty-month strike in the early 2000s." (SF Cinematheque)

Sarah Jane Lapp's personal essay film Sweetface probes the shadows of sugar and labor, love and power. Oscillating between interviews with striking Domino Sugar workers, her father, and her sweethearts, Lapp documents her own process of making and disseminating a thousand sugar packets, most of which she gave as gifts to workers at the Domino Sugar Refinery during their twenty-month strike in the early 2000's. (NW Film Forum)

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Mimo (1994-5) 16mm, b&w / color, 14 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, biography & autobiography, ethnic / multicultural , history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, spiritual / mystical

An expanded interview with a fellow ex-pat, my Romanian-born neightbor in Prague, Gusta Sibova.

Sarah Jane Lapp's "Mimo" establishes a heady connection between memory, art-making, the Torah, and marbles. (Rob Nelson/Minneapolis City Pages)

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Bedtime Story (2008) 35mm , color, 3 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary

Keywords: biography & autobiography, body, children / youth, comedy, family, personal / diary / journal

scored by Mark Dresser

Commission for Northwest Film Forum Short Run Series. An animation based on a screen test I conducted with Shael Polakow-Suransky for a related film, "Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist."

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Private Apology (1999 - 2001) 16mm, b&w, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: biography & autobiography, body, erotic, personal / diary / journal, philosophical

Diary of a infidel, diary of a dental flosser.

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Raj (1994-95) 16mm, b&w / color, 8 min

Genre: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, history, landscape / architecture, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, polititcal / social activism , psychology & mental health

My first 16mm print ever made... in honor of Czech journalist Natasa Dudinska.

"... a poignant meditation on faith and spirituality expressed through the story of another survivor..." (Caroline Palmer/ Minneapolis City Pages

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Sarah Jane Lapp

Chronicles of an Asthmatic Stripper (2002) 35mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: arts & artists, body, comedy, dance, erotic, personal / diary / journal, philosophical, science & medicine

Commissioned by Mark Dresser Tour for live tour 2002...

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