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Ground Zero/
Sacred Ground

Karen Aqua
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Ground Zero


In southcentral New Mexico, an ancient Native America petroglyph site lies 35 miles from the detonation site of the world's first atomic bomb. This animated film explores the juxtaposition of these two sites and the contrasting cultures which created them.


Karen Aqua has been making animated films since her graduation from Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. Her award-winning films have been screened nationally and internationally, including at the New York Film Festival, and at international animation festivals in Zagreb, Hiroshima, Ottawa, and Annecy (France). She has received film production grants from the American Film Institute, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, New England Film/Video Fellowship Program, New Forms Regional Initiative, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. Aqua was a Lecturer in Animation at Boston College from 1984-1991, and Animation Instructor at Emerson College in 1987. Since 1990, she has produced, directed and animated over a dozen segments for the acclaimed "Sesame Street" television program.

Contact information:

Karen Aqua
108 Pleasant St., #3
Cambridge, MA 02139
phone: 617-492-1970
fax: 617-492-1970

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