A Whirlwind of Activity for Ru Kuwahata Following Oscar Nod for Animated Film


“Negative Space” is a stop-motion animated film about a boy whose father taught him how to pack. (Ikki Films / Manuel Cam Studio)


“It’s been so crazy, I haven’t had time to process all my feelings,” Ru Kuwahata told The Rafu on Jan. 23. The Baltimore-based animator was in the midst of a flurry of interviews after receiving word that she was among the 2018 Academy Award nominees announced the same morning.

“All I’ve been doing today is preparing statements, files and photos,” said Kuwahata, who, along with co-director Max Porter, garnered a nod in the Best Animated Short category for “Negative Space.” The five-and-a-half-minute, stop-motion short is based on a150-word poem by South Pasadena writer Ron Koertge.