Pro and Con

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Directed by Joanna Priestley
Joan Gratz
Produced by Joanna Priestley
Joan Gratz
Written by Joanna Priestley
Barbara Carnegie
Narrated by Lt. Janice Inman
Allen Nause
Music by Chel White
Cinematography Joanna Priestley
Edited by Joanna Priestley
Priestley Motion Pictures (1993)
Distributed by Microcinema International (2005)
Release date
April 24, 1993 (1993-04-24)
Running time
9 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Pro and Con is a 1993 9 minute 16mm short animated film produced, directed and animated by Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz using drawings on paper, pixillated hands and object animation. The film was written by Barbara Carnegie and Joanna Priestley, and directed, produced, and animated by Priestley.[1]


The film investigates life in prison through two monologues: one by corrections officer Lt. Janice Inman and the other by Oregon State Penitentiary inmate Jeff Green. The film features self-portraits that were drawn by inmates at the penitentiary and object animation of weapons and crafts that were confiscated from inmates.


The film was re-released on DVD in 2005 by Microcinema International, and was screened in a retrospective of Priestley's work at the OpenLens Festival in 2009.[2]


Stephen Holden of The New York Times called the film "another outstanding short by Joan Gratz and Joanna Priestley".[3] Rebecca S. Albitz called the film "a brief but excellent exploration of the thoughts and emotions of those working and living in our prison system."[citation needed]

Awards & recognition[edit]

  • Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival
  • Gold Award, Cindy Competition
  • Worldfest Gold Award, Worldfest Charleston
  • Gold Eagle Award, CINE Competition
  • First Prize, Birmingham Educational Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Annecy International Animation Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Northwest Film and Video Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Bombay International Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention, USA Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention, Columbus Film Festival


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2006). Who's who in animated cartoons: an international guide to film & television's award-winning and legendary animators (llustrated ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 144. ISBN 9781557836717. Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "OpenLens 2010". OpenLens Festival. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (4 December 1993). "Review/Film". New York Times. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 

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