MinnAnim8 photos

Thank you to everybody who made MinnAnim8 to great!


Here are photos of the Youth/Student animators talking about their work:





Here are photos from the Independent Animator discussion.









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MinnAnim 8 Biographies

Emory Allen, Alicia Allen

Foreign Fauna is the independent animation studio of directors Alicia Allen and Emory Allen. Foreign Fauna is our outlet to express ideas that move us through a medium that we love.

Trevor Adams

Trevor expresses his regret over not being able to attend this awesome experience– he’s always inspired by the sweat, blood, and labors of love which make up contributions and sequencing of this festival.

John Akre

John Akre is an animator and videomaker and teaching artist who takes stop motion animation to various places with his Sloppy Films Animation Station. He creates animation and documentary video with his wife Beth Peloff as Green Jeans Media. He teaches animation at Hamline University and Film North and organizes MinnAnimate.

Lukas Anderson

Lukas Anderson is an animator from Saint Paul MN, currently residing in Los Angeles CA.

Hallie Bahn

Hallie Bahn is an animator, interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bahn received her MFA in interdisciplinary practices from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her work has screened internationally.

Grace Bauer

Grace Bauer is a Digital Media Arts Student at Hamline University and is from Hastings, Minnesota. She enjoys creating things and the sense of accomplishment after finishing a big project, but even more than that, she loves the artistic process it takes to get there. #SaveTheEarth

Sishir Bommakanti

Sishir Bommakanti is an illustrator and animator who works in the genre of the absurd, surreal and fantasy. His work is inspired by the dark corners of human psyche and threads into the fringe.

Dana Conroy

Dana Conroy studied filmmaking at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She’s directed and produced several popular film festival selections such as Fire & Light (2017), Adventure Unknown (2016), and Xenos (2015). She’s won 7 Emmy awards and a Golden Bell Award (Campana del Oro) for Movistar’s commercial Lost in Montevideo (2016). Choosing to reside in rural Minnesota, Dana enjoys making cultural documentaries for underserved regions at a PBS station.

Thao Doan

Minneapolis local who loves to animate!

Robert Jersak

Robert Jersak is an educator and independent animation and documentary artist.

Tyler Leininger

Tyler Leininger is a Senior at Hamline University studying Digital Media arts and studio art. He enjoys a variety of different mediums, including digital painting, photography, film, and most recently, animation.

Wayne Nelsen

Wayne Nelsen has made over 100 animated videos.

Peter Bonde Becker Nelson

Peter Bonde Becker Nelson teaches New Media Art at St. Olaf College. Examining themes of gender, aging, class, and identity, Nelson records and interprets the personal narratives of his friends, family, and self. His work delves into the nuances of human connection — love, friendship, intimacy, frustration and loss.

Mike Owens, Wendie Owens

Born in the Appalachian mountains, schooled in Chicago, trained in the ancient arts of pencil and paper animation, Emmy winning animator MIKE OWENS has manifested a Hollywood career while maintaining a Midwest lifestyle.

Beth Peloff

Beth Peloff is a video maker and teacher who works in both animation and documentary. Her films have played at film festivals regionally and nationally. She is a 2017 recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant.

Maret Polzine

Maret Polzine is a filmmaker and arts organizer living and working in the Twin Cities. They are the founder of Video Variant, the host of Cinema Lounge, and a teaching artist with COMPAS.

Carolyn Schmit

I have been animating for 4 years, and a huge fan of cartoons and animated films. A lot of projects I do are animation collaborations on Youtube. I am attending Century College Fall of 2019 for their 3D Animation program. Watch more animations by me here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmhUtDye5ErqvOse7Y1UpaA?view_as=subscriber

Colin Stanhill

Colin Stanhill is a self-taught animator working in Minneapolis. He draws all his films by hand on paper. According to Malcolm Turner, of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, he is “quite a lucid sort of fellow.”

Molly Parker Stuart

Molly Parker Stuart is a visual artist living and working in Minneapolis. Her work has been covered by The Creators Project and Animal New York and has been exhibited widely. Molly’s work uses social and digital structures to create a felt experience.

Rowan Thompson

I am a young filmmaker from Saint Paul Minnesota, my first film I made was in 2014, it was a 2 minute Lego stop motion video titled “The Legend of Jeff” I was 11 at the time.

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MinnAnim8 Youth/Student Showcase

Here are the films in the MinnAnim8 Youth/Student Showcase, at 6:45 pm on September 12 at the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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The Midnight Caller

by Tyler Leininger

Audio taken from the Coen brother’s film “The Midnight Caller” talks about the motivation behind our consumption of media.

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Animation Reel (2017 – 2019)

by Rowan Thompson

This is my submission for the minnanimate 2019. It is a collection of my best stop motion films from 2017 – 2019. The oldest one being the candy one at the beginning most recent one being Swedish Fish.

From Film North 2019 Stop Motion Animation Camp


The Boring Mission to Earth by Isaiah and James

Diamond Dilemma by Ava and Syan

From Film North 2019 After Effects Camp


Hello by Tess

Abstract Waves by Willa

Riptide by Astrid

From Film North 2019 Creative Cloud Animation Camp

angry dog

The Great Escape by Ella

Pets and Pandemonium by Carson

Grumpy Dog by Nina


Goblins Do Not Like Puppies

by Carolyn Schmit

A sleeping goblin is woken up from his nap by an unpleasant surprise.


A Blacksmith’s Fire

by Var

A Blacksmith, Coal and Diamond make some great things together.

Madi the Crabby

Madi The Crabby: Madi and Mary go to the Beach

by Grace Bauer

Madi the crab and Mary the raccoon are roommates who want to find something fun to do. They go to the beach and it’s a mess, so the cleaning up commences. This piece comments on the “save the planet” movement from the perspective we don’t hear enough of: animals’.

The Couch

The Couch

by Thao Doan

When some thing lurks underneath your couch, be careful when you rage quite.


Puppy Dog, I Love You

by Lukas Anderson

A sad pig who doesn’t speak finds happiness from the help of his friends.

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MinnAnim8 Independent Animation Showcase

Here is the MinnAnim8 Independent Animation Showcase, which will be presented on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 pm.



Mike Owens, Wendie Owens

Having your own point of view may not make you fit in, but it can make you king of planet potato.

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Wayne Nelsen

A music video for the Barcelona-based band, Seward.


Maya Bdeg’a

Dana Conroy

A true family story of a heroic pelican takes shape on the banks of Lake Traverse as unwanted visitors approach.



Wayne Nelsen

Poet Gretchen Marquette remember her childhood.

Letters from Pickle Animated Short Film Still Image

Letters from Pickle

Robert Jersak

On July 26th, 2017, Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the president had made a friend. We imagine that their correspondence continued.



Hallie Bahn

“Habitual” is an animated vignette, which explores the doldrums of office labor.

A self-portrait, the animation was created by hand rotoscoping footage of the filmmaker performing. By refusing to generalize any movements, the piece illustrates the minutiae of administrative behaviors in frame by frame detail.


Her Mother’s Eyes

Emory Allen

For those of us without the gift of a green thumb, we can only standby, helpless as our beloved house plants fade away. If only there was an ER for little green buddies!


née Rabbit

Hailie Bahn

née Rabbit confronts the mind’s struggle to maintain a true identity even as our memory begins to fade. Can we continue to know ourselves when we have no recollection of our past actions and reactions? Do we adapt our identity to incorporate this loss into our life’s story? Or do we resign ourselves to wake up each day anew and if so, who are we?

You Are Here Animated Short Film Still Image

You Are Here

Robert Jersak

“You’re out here. You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.” You Are Here is an animated experimental meditation – 112 seconds to break away from whatever you’ve gotten yourself tangled up in lately.

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Beth Peloff

A lonely person unexpectedly takes a journey to reconnect with life.


Object Permanence

Maret Polzine

Anxiety; intrusive thinking; running around in circles

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Indirect Animation

Colin Stanhill

Made with only 12 pages of standard copy paper, this is Colin’s greenest work to date! Let this lo-fi imitation of 35mm film take you on a microscopic voyage through telescoping tunnel visions in Full Two-Tone Color!!


Stone Witch

Molly Stuart

I am stone: solid, heavy. Sometimes I sink in space, falling and filling and scraping through, curving and curling into it. Sometimes I fall into a space that provides refuge.

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The Hole in the Sky

John Akre

Somewhere, up there, is a hole in the sky. But we have not found it yet.

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Hot! Cro-Croa

Sishir Bommakanti

Hot Cro-Croa! Jonnaman Gripthurst, a lonely boneless man recounts his adventures in the big city as he get a mysterious pop-up when surfing the dark web. A TV Spot for a popular drink called Cro-Croa, and its premier of its new flavor: Hot! Cro-Croa. Animated and directed by: Sishir Bommakanti, Additional animation by: Jacob Berrier, Music by: Slowya.roll and Post Everything Production, In collaboration with Post Everything Production and The Story Must Be Told


Dragon Boat Fest

Trevor Adams

My tribute to the Vietmom war


Intruder Man

Peter Nelson

As a young woman, Jessie faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent who blacklists her from teaching. As an elderly woman, Alzheimer’s disease makes her paranoid of an “intruder man” who haunts her apartment. Slipping between these parallel periods, Jessie remains persistent in the face of sexism, loss, and dementia.

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MinnAnimate 7 photos 2

Here are some photos from the Independent Animation screening panel from MinnAnimate 7. Thank you, Aaron Nosan, for the photos!






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MinnAnimate 7 photos

Here is a photo of Dean Hatton’s MinnAnimate shirt and some of the Youth/Student Q and A panel. MinnAnimate 7 was so much fun! Thank you to everybody who came and contributed! Panel photos by Beth Peloff!








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MinnAnimate 7 Bios

Trevor Adams work can be seen online at sinemodafatestare.com. He was born and resides in the Midwest.

John Akre is an animator who lives in Minneapolis and is interested in figuring out ways to create animation in public places. He teaches animation at Hamline University and to youth and co-owns Green Jeans Media, where he creates animation and video with his wife Beth.

Born in California and raised in Apache Junction, Arizona. Joseph Dutra currently attends his senior year at Minneapolis College of Art and Design to better extend his creativity. He is influenced by Animaniacs-type of animation and hopes to bring it back into popularity.

Joel Erkkinen is a self taught animator and film maker. My work usually tends to dance the line between funny and gross. I aim to make people laugh.

Sarah Urquhart Evenson is a genderqueer printmaker, illustrator, and now animator(?) originally from Denver, CO.

Emily Fritze is an independent animator and motion graphics artist based in Minneapolis. She has worked on a variety of projects that include music videos for Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, and Perry Project, among others; documentaries, feature films, commercial work, as well as illustration and graphic design. She has been shown and awarded in film festivals – Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, Square Lake, MNTV, Philadelphia Film Festival, and SoCal. Her works can be found at emilyfritze.com.

Me Cable [Hardin]. Me make move things.

Dean Hatton is a mime trained by world renown mime Marcel Marceau and has been performing since 1984. In 97′ he moved from Ohio to Minneapolis where he continues to create perform today. He only recently discovered doing animation using photoshop and this is his first major project.

Lizzie Hutchins (she/her/hers) is a filmmaker, media educator, and creative spirit. She loves collaborating with others to seek out the secret worlds. She believes moving image is important for building empathy.

Julie JAO is primarily a painter and performance artist. She has exhibited and performed at Bedlam Theater, Vine Arts Center, Intermedia Arts, The Southern Theater and at various festivals doing live speed painting in the back of a pick up truck. This is her first animated short.

Robert Jersak is an independent animator, audio documentary producer and Communication Studies faculty member at Century College.

My name is Buko Laditan. I have been in the entertainment industry for about 10 years.

Adam Loomis is a film programmer and animator from Minneapolis, MN. In addition to joining the Film Society in August 2017, he has worked with organizations such as the Walker Art Center, Trylon Cinema, Northern Exposure and, most recently, Hellavision Television Animation Show.

Kelley Meister (pronouns: ze/hir/hirs) uses drawings, video, and participatory experiences to investigate this how the planet is shifted by the indelible touch of humans. Ze received an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2008 and continues to live and work in Minneapolis. See more: kelleymeister.com.

Stephen Miller is currently a student at Hamline University, working towards a Digital media arts degree.

Wayne Nelsen teaches English as a Second Language in St. Paul.

Beth Peloff is a video maker and teacher who works in both documentary and animation. Her films have played at film festivals including the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the Twin Cities Film Festival and the Sodak Animation Festival.

Tom Schroeder has been making hand-drawn animated films since 1990. His films have been broadcast on Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, Canal + France, SBS in Australia and CBC in Canada and have screened at the American Cinematique in Los Angeles and Anthology Film Archives in New York. The films have also played widely on the international festival circuit, including at Annecy, Rotterdam, Sundance, Ottawa, South by Southwest and Edinburgh, and have won over thirty festival awards.

Patrick Schwalbe graduated from the Art Institutes, MN in 2000. I spent the following years working in the medical animation industry doing technical direction.

Colin Stanhill is a self-taught animator working in Minneapolis. He draws all his films by hand on paper. According to Malcolm Turner, of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, he is “quite a lucid sort of fellow.”

Persephine Yang is 12 years old. I started animating in 4th grade when I saw a youtuber post a animation for their school. I was inspired to make my own animations just for the fun of it and I slowly liked doing and I would want to be an animator when I grow up.

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MinnAnimate 7 Independent Animation Program

Big Women Screen Shot

Big Women

by Robert Jersak

Listen up, literature lovers: your nerd dad is here to to mansplain the classics. As Louisa May Alcott says, “Beware the eyes of March!”



by Dean Hatton

In 1979 Pat Benatar released “Heartbreaker” and it became a big hit. Not many people know that British singer Jenny Darren was the first to record it a year earlier.


An Index of Pouts

by Sarah Urquhart Evenson

A bunch of lips and sweet kisses, produced with screenprinting.

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Let x Equal x

by Colin Stanhill

A sequence of hand-drawn experiments.
Constants: visualist, technology, run time.
Independent variables: musician, drawing materials, theme.
Dependent variables: you tell me!


Tersely Menders

by Trevor Adams and many others

If you were take the path of no resistance, you might land here: a gulag of animators chained to light tables, hovering over a sharpied-out 16mm print, scratch animations borne out with a needle, forever dreaming of freedom.


Thursday Night in Rancho de Las Rocas

by Mike and Wendie Owens

There’s nothing like a cowpoke’s campfire harmonica to soothe the savage… um, big shadowy thing.



by Patrick Schwalbe

This is a full 3D/CG short film. Harmony is meant to be elegant, artistic, and expressive. I “hand-animated” the hands and did the special effects all inside of 3D Software.



by Joel Erkkinen

This is a short film I made about love that knows no bounds and breaks barriers. After landing on the moon, an astronaut discovers a curious green and sparkly being with a single red eye. The intrigued astronaut inspects the properties of the extraterrestrial in a very non-scientific manner of poking, slapping, and tickling, the being seems to react… and the universe will never be the same.


Why the Birds

by Adam Loomis

In a pet store after hours, a sentient computer ponders love.



by Cable Hardin

A story of agriculture and a need for change, as told by a bee and its box.

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Blob’s Adventure

by Beth Peloff

Blob explores the world against his better judgement.


Feygel the Pigeon Keeper

by Emily Fritze

16th century Prague: the Golem, a mythical creature brought into being by Rabbi Loew to protect and defend the Jewish community, reflects on his purpose and his mortality.


Kassandra and The Bus

by Julie JAO

When a chance meeting at a remote café upsets the plans for two travelers they must decide whether to help a stranger or leave her stranded. Yet mysterious forces suddenly transform the situation calling into question the nature of reality. This animation is based on a dream.


“Now I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds”

by Kelley Meister

“Now I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds” is a hand-drawn animation that explores the realities of living in the nuclear age.


Big City

by Buko

Anthony is constantly looking for ways to make the most out of his situations. In Big City he embarks on another adventure to do that.

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A Community Media Kit Show

by John Akre

How do you build a picture of a place, an understanding of a community? I explore this idea through film and video I shot over 25 years ago and animation created by many hands.


I Live Differently Today

by Wayne Nelsen

Tom Cassidy guides us through the phases of his life.


Bike Trip

by Tom Schroeder

The third and final film in Tom Schroeder’s “Bike” animated documentary series. Two bikers travel 500 miles to ask a question about beer.

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MinnAnimate 7 Youth/Student Program



by Persephine Yang

About a young highschool girl entering a new video game


Barney the Bear

by Ada and Bruce at Film North Stop Motion Animation Camp

A bear searches for a new home.

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Falling Apart

by Sidney and Carly at Film North Stop Motion Animation Camp

The Flower, Bird and Man

by Haley at Film North Creative Cloud Animation Camp


by Grace at Film North Creative Cloud Animation Camp



by Emma at Film North Creative Cloud Animation Camp

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Guy and Fly

by Donovan at Film North Creative Cloud Animation Camp


The Story of How North and South Turtle Lakes Got Their Names

by Carly at Film North Creative Cloud Animation Camp



by Aaron at Film North Creative Cloud Animation Camp



by Finn at Film North Creative Cloud Animation Camp

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Dust Bunnies

by Stephen Miller

Follow along on a trek of a few average dust bunnies.



by Edward Elliott


Scarf in the Cold

by Stephen Miller

A person searches for warmth amongst the cold they find.

Mickey Bimbo Poster

Mickey Mouse meets Bimbo the Dog

by Joseph Dutra

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse meets Max Fleischer’s Bimbo the Dog and revenge is taken.



by Lizzie Hutchins

GRIEF highlights many different people’s experiences with grief and related emotions through interviews and claymation. The short film invites you to listen and reflect with others about pain. Together, we heal.



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Submit to 7!

Submissions are now open for MinnAnimate 7. They close on July 31, 2018!



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