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The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio

designer: Karin Fong • studio: Imaginary Forces • comment

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Set in the 1950s and 1960s, The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, tells the true story about a woman's resourcefulness and creativity as she struggles to keep the family together despite the dire financial situation and a drinking husband. To make ends meet, she enters contests for rhymed jingles and advertising slogans and wins a lot of prizes.

Title designer Karin Fong: "For The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, we had to take a good look at the advertising of the 1950's as well as old contest forms and letters the main character (it was a true story) had kept from that era. This was a treat for me and designers Stan Lim and Ronnie Koff, since we all loved going to flea markets for just this kind of vintage print. Those things led us to pursue several collage-like directions that immersed the viewer into this innocent time period."

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Karin Fong

Karin Fong is a director and designer based in New York City. A native Californian, Fong  studied Art at Yale, with a concentration in Graphic Design. After successfully creating an animated alphabet book for her senior project, she began her career as an animator on the WGBH television program 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?' From that point forward, Karin was hooked on creating work that combines live action, design, and animation.

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Director (film)
Jane Anderson
Art Director
Karin Fong
Stan Lim and Ronnie Koff
Justine Gerenstein

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