PeopleFaculty, Assistant Professor

Jenna Caravello

Jenna Caravello (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based artist working with animation, VR, motion capture, and video game platforms. Her single-channel and interactive works explore the role of narrative in personal, collective, and digital memory. Using the tools and conventions of animation and video game industries, Jenna examines game logic and cartoon language, and engages with science-fantasy, world-building, and techno-mysticism. Her research seeks out humanity, absurdity, and vulnerability where computer culture, folklore, and analog mundanity intersect.

Jenna received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Film/Video Production from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds an M.F.A from the California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation. She has directed and produced animated sequences for music videos, advertising, and feature films that garnered awards at Sundance, Cannes, and the 2016 and 2020 Emmy Awards.

Jenna’s work has been featured by Noisey (Vice), NPR, Impose, The Fader, Magnet Magazine, Stereogum, Directors Notes, and Gorilla vs. Bear. Her films have screened at venues and film festivals internationally, including the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the National Taiwan Arts Education Center, the Raindance Film Festival, the GIRAF International Animation Festival, and Slamdance. She is the recipient of a 2018 Jules Engel Award from CalArts and a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Film.