Independent filmmaker Helen Hill (36) was shot and killed on Thursday (January 4, 2007) in New Orleans, LA where she lived. Hill, and her husband Dr. Paul Gailiunas, were both shot at their home in the city. Gailiunas survived the attack, as did their young son. An obituary was published Sunday in South Carolina, where Hill will be buried this week. In a Renew Media bio, Hill is described as an animator whose work has screened at numerous festivals, including the Ann Arbor, Vancouver, and Atlantic festivals. She was a founding member of the New Orleans Film Collective and a regular instructor. A lengthy bio online noted that she graduated from Harvard in 1992, later receiving a Masters in Fine Arts from Cal Arts and teaching animation techniques to inner-city children in Los Angeles. She was an organizer of the Reel Vision Festival for female filmmakers in Nova Scotia. Her work is described as standing out for its, “eclectic use of materials, employing everything from cut-outs and puppets to a square mile of cotton candy.” Her 1999 film “Mouseholes” received considerable acclaim at festivals, while in 2004 she received a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship Grant for the animated film, “The Florestine Collection.” For more information, please visit the memorial website that has been created, including photos, videos, memories and other details.
Helen Hill: 1970 – 2007
Helen Hill: 1970 - 2007
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