FEBRUARY 16, 2011: Joan Gratz, an accomplished director, artist and animator, recently premiered her new short film, Kubla Kahn. The short is an animated interpretation of a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797. His “vision in a dream” was composed under the influence of opium. Joan won an Oscar® in 1992 for Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase, images of the human face are subtly transformed to communicate the graphic style and emotional content of key artworks of the 20th century, creating an animated history of art. She is currently represented by LAIKA/house for commercial work.