Southeast Faculty Member’s 3D Animated Film Premiering April 2 at River Campus

Photo of River CampusCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 26, 2012 – A Southeast Missouri State University faculty member will premier his latest 3D animated film April 2 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at the River Campus.

The world premiere of Peter Chanthanakone’s latest, “Junkboxx,” is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The film tells the story of an energy depleted theme park that closes its doors and how one battery powered mascot from the park must rise to save them all.

The film took more than three years to create, and Chanthanakone, assistant professor of graphics and multimedia in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, traveled around the world gathering ideas and images to bring it to the screen. After the screening, there will be a short presentation on the making of the film, and the director will take questions from the audience

Director and executive producer of “Junkboxx,” Chanthanakone is a short film director specializing in 3D animated shorts. He has won numerous film festival awards from the Top Emerging Artist (“Souriya Namaha”) and the Best Animation Short film (“Winston’s Shuttle”). His collaborative experimental animation (“Flag Metamorphosis”) has circulated around 30 film festivals internationally. His most recent work (“Death to the Different”) has been invited to one the world’s top animation festivals (“Annecy”) and has played in Times Square in New York City, Germany, France, China, Korea, Pakistan and at the Kansas International Film Festival.

Cumulatively, his work has been shown internationally in more than 45 different juried competitions.

Chanthanakone has taught at Brock University (Canada), Grand Canyon University (Phoenix) and Stanford (Palo Alto) His research involves the 3D animation pipeline for short film. He was born in Niagara Falls, Canada, and obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in fine art/multimedia at McMaster University (Canada) and completed his Master of Fine Arts at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 3D Animation.

In his spare time, he is a freelance designer and operates Pixade.com.He also enjoys traveling and taking photos. His photographs can be seen on display in galleries across Southeast Missouri State University.

For more information on his latest film, visit www.pixade.com/junkboxx.