Women Seeking Women (2009) – Written and Directed by Nina Rota

Wanting to stand out in the crazy world that is the Women Seeking Women section on craigslist’s personal ads, our hero creates a video showing exactly how exciting a date with her will be.

Directors: Nina Rota, Kate Johnson
Actors: Nina Rota, Kate Johnson

Passing by Nina Rota (Eunoia Review)

Passing (Eunoia)

I’m really happy to announce that my essay Passing has been published online at Eunoia Review.  I write about gender issues so other people can handle these things better than I have, and if it’s not online who’s gonna find it?

While investigating the gender transition of LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels, I found myself in the middle of my own gender identity crisis. A second transition lead me to the deeper nature of all life transitions, and an understanding of the impossible position Christine found herself in.

Passing first appeared in Witness Magazine.

Smiling Jenny

My short story Smiling Jenny has been published in this month’s Diverse Voices Quarterly. (This is a PDF of the DVQ , search for “Smiling Jenny” to read my story.)

Dan has given up on human girlfriends because they all leave him—probably because he insists on having sex with other women in front of them. As our story begins, Dan is unpacking his newest silicone doll and preparing to have sex with her in front of his current synthetic live-in girlfriend, Smiling Jenny. She is none too pleased about this and not at all shy about expressing her feelings

The Shadow Temple

Hey Everyone, My essay The Shadow Temple has been published in the Sex Issue of Red Fez.

The Shadow Temple describes an explicit inner sexual fantasy in which a female narrator is an older man seducing a much younger man. We then follow the narrator’s experience of acting out the fantasy in real life with someone she meets at a gathering.

Fly By (excerpts) 2014

Fly By was a live, 15 minute, site-specific multimedia performance for dancers, telematic avatar performers, musicians, video installation and drone camera pilot. Performed on May 31st, 2014, it was part of the outdoor art exhibition: ONE Night: EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH and Digital Art in West Hollywood. This exhibition was the finale of the three-month long retrospective series about EZTV’s history, presented by ONE Museum and Archives at USC.

A collaboration between EZTV, Donna Sternberg & Dancers, Vanessa Blaylock & Co., David Raiklen, Nina Rota, Prof. Gregory Tarle of Univ. of Michigan and Dr. Brian Nord of Fermi Lab.

Concept: Michael J. Masucci, EZTV
Choreography: Donna Sternberg and Dancers
Avatar Choreography: Vanessa Blaylock
Composer: David Raiklen
Producers: Joan Collins, David Frantz, Kate Johnson, EZTV
Tech. Dir./Assoc. Producer: Marc Rosenthal
Scientific Consultants: Gregory Tarle, PHD, Brian Nord, PHD
Drone Captain: Nina Rota
Drone Pilot: Bernie Seidler

Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, BARCO Projectors, ONE Archives USC, LA ACM SIGGRAPH. Additional support from ARC Grant, MCubed Grant, U of Michigan.

 

A Right Royal Trip Down Memory Lane: The Willings Family (2013) – Written and Directed by Nina Rota

In the summer of 2013, I traveled to England with my sisters Helen and Lindy, and met up with my brother Richard and our cousins Angela and Diane in Essex. We traveled back to the villages and houses where we grew up. Along the way, I recorded images and audio on my iPhone.

Editor: Kate Johnson, EZTV

LA Woman, the Documentary (2011) – Directed by Kate Crash

A multimedia/documentary project profiling pioneering, emerging, innovative and otherwise compelling Los Angeles-based female artists, philosophers and social entrepreneurs. In their own worlds and contexts.

Directed by: Kate Crash
Produced by: EZTV & Michael Masucci

This is an interactive project. You can view the intro, the entire documentary (above), and individual clips arranged by interviewee.

Interviewees in Alphabetical Order:
Lita Albuquerque, Zina Bethune, Jessie Bliss, Strawn Bovee, Dorit Cypis, Susanna B. Dakin, Simone Forti, Nana Ghana, Carol Gillam, Kate Johnson, Anna Homler, Dr. Linda Lack, Lina Lecaro, Dianne Magee, Donna Enad Napper, Rika Ohara, Nina Rota, S.Pearl Sharp, Barbara T. Smith, Jessica Sohn, Donna Sternberg, Tiffany Trenda, Valerie Velazquez, Jan Williamson.

Interview with Nina Rota: Making Luscious (2006)

Photography & Editing: Kate Johnson. To watch Luscious, click here

The images in Luscious were captured with a digital still camera. The movement of the camera lens and the shutter made it impossible to register the images so my animator, Carolyn Stockbridge, and I used a camera with a removable manual lens and we locked the shutter in the open position. While we solved the problem of movement, the camera’s exposure was randomly off and we had to go back and manually adjust the brightness of most of the images.

Luscious (2006) – Written and Directed by Nina Rota

“Luscious” is an exploration of gender and flesh in eight scenes of luscious pencil-drawn animation.

Images in this five-minute animation are drawn, erased and redrawn on the same piece of paper. The erased pencil marks leave a trail as shapes move across the page. The shapes represent flesh separated from the body then thrown in the air, pulled apart, squeezed, and jumped on. Looking back, I realize that I was going through a mid-life gender identity crisis and the only way to work it out was to take my body apart and put it back together again in a form that I felt comfortable with. It seems to have worked.

The images were captured with a digital still camera. The movement of the camera lens and the shutter made it impossible to register the images so my animator, Carolyn Stockbridge, and I used a camera with a removable manual lens and we locked the shutter in the open position. While we solved the problem of movement, the camera?s exposure was randomly off and we had to go back and manually adjust the brightness of most of the images.

How Luscious was made
List of screenings

Director/Storyboard: Nina Rota
Animator: Carolyn Stockbridge
Composer: Carolyn Stockbridge
Post Production: Kate Johnson, EZTV Media
Foley Artists: Kate Johnson & Michael Masucci, EZTV Media
Photographer: Julia Brandreth

 

Spineless (2006) – Written and Directed by Nina Rota

A six-minute animation that answers the question: How many chiropractors, acupuncturists, Rolfers and psychics does it take to heal an aching back?

List of screenings

Writer/Director: Nina Rota
Composer: Carolyn Stockbridge
Animator: B.C. Boyer
Voiceover Artist: Charity James
Story Consultant: Charity James
Additional Consultation: Linda Cowgill
Sound Mix: John Chominsky
Timing Consultant: Lindsey Pollard

List of screenings