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Design, Creative Direction, Animation and Special Effects for documentary films, film titles, physical installation and site-specific projection mapping.
Working directly and collaboratively with directors, institutions, and production teams, and always building on her experience and clear-eyed design aesthetics, Molly Schwartz and her colleagues create thoughtful wide-ranging visual work for many kinds of narrative and documentary projects.
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Drawings, paintings, animated video and interactive installations, using projection, physical computing and code.
Molly Schwartz was born in New York City, raised in Oklahoma. She earned her BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by a semester studying art, language, history and mountains in Nepal. After school she studied art conservation & restoration of works of art on paper, learning about qualities of paper and the cumulative effects of time. In Los Angeles she learned digital effects and time in fractions of seconds. She has lived in Chicago, Katmandu, Los Angeles, and since 1999, Brooklyn. Schwartz shows her animated videos, drawings and interactive works in public art commissions, installations, exhibitions and festivals worldwide. She earned her MPS graduate degree in visual programming and physical computing at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, with a Dean's Fellowship and was awarded a Research Residency post-graduate position at ITP.
She art directs, designs, animates, composites, codes, and creates special effects. Molly Schwartz was the lead designer and animator for the documentary film Watchers of the Sky (directed by Edet Belzberg), which won a Sundance Special Jury Award for Animation. Recent projects include designing Seeing with Sound, including projection, animation, lighting, and physical installation, a part of the Unseen Oceans Exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (Rory Kennedy), Rancher Farmer Fisherman (Susan Froemke, John Hoffman), CANCER: Emperor of All Maladies (Barak Goodman and Ken Burns), CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (Robin Hauser Reynolds), Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson), A Good Job: Stories from the FDNY (Liz Garbus), Back on Board (Cheryl Furjanis) and The Abominable Crime (Micah Fink) and many more. Schwartz is an adjunct professor teaching at NYU's ITP.
Art exhibitions include: MOD / Monitor Digital Festival Guadalajara, Dumbo Arts Festival, Paley Center New York, City of Tampa Public Art Lights On Tampa Biennial, Wassaic Festival, 319 Scholes, IAC Building Big Screens, United Nations Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, Brooklyn International Film Festival, BBC Big Screen Liverpool, Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga, Scope Art Fair, Brooklyn Arts Council, Chelsea Art Museum, Conflux Festival, and the Brooklyn Public Library.
Above & Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow
Worlds of Ursula K. LeGuin
Words from a Bear: N. Scott Momaday
East Lake Meadows: a Public Housing Story
Out of Many, One
Facing the Dragon
A Dangerous Son
American Museum of Natural History (installation)
Rancher Farmer Fisherman
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton
I Am Evidence
Take My Nose Please
Tell Them We Are Rising: HBCU
The Art Assignment
The Goddess Project
Banking on Bitcoin
Daughters of Destiny
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Rachel Carson Silent Spring
Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
A Dog’s Purpose
Bonnie & Clyde
Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
The Art Assignment
The Pen Awards: Khadija
Watchers of The Sky
Back on Board: Greg Louganis
FDNY: A Good Job
Stephanie in the Water
2013 and earlier
The Abominable Crime
Before the Spring: After the Fall
Death Metal Angola
For the Love of Dolly