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Directed by Suzan Pitt • 1995 • United States
Entirely hand-painted, JOY STREET is the ambitious, astonishing story of a woman’s journey from suicidal despair to personal renewal with the help of an unlikely spirit guide. Using a Fulbright scholar award, Pitt traveled to remote rainforest regions of Mexico and Guatemala to create paintings of the nearly extinct patches of remaining virgin forest, which were later animated for the film. The music was composed by Roy Nathanson and the Jazz Passengers, with the title song recorded by Debbie Harry.