"The Torture Letters" wins Best in Show

Nov. 18, 2020

Professor Laurence Ralph's film, The Torture Letters, won the “Best in Show” award in the Spark Animation Festival, which would qualify the film to be submitted to the Oscars.

Spark Animation Festival was also in partnership with Women in Animation (WIA), which gave the film the “2020 WIA Diversity Award for Individual Achievement.”

In addition to Spark, the film has been deemed an official selection for the following film festivals.

  • AFI FEST [Oct. 15–22]
  • St. Louis International Film Festival [Nov. 5–22]
  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival [Nov. 13–22]
  • Africa Rising International Film Festival [Nov. 27–29]

Foyle Film Festival [Nov. 20–29] is also showing the film due to its significance, though not as an official selection because the film didn’t meet the festival’s competition requirements.

Laurence Ralph created the film as part of “Policing Urban America,” a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project that builds on over a decade of his research.”

Film edited by Jeffrey Himpele, director of the VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data Visualization.