MinnAnimate 6 is tonight! Thursday, September 14! Check out the Youth/Student program lineup at 6 pm. And Check out the Independent Animation Program at 7 pm. And read some of the Animator Bios. Also, just to let you know, Main Street in front of the St. Anthony Main Theater is under construction today, so you may want to approach the theater from the 2nd St. SE side.
MinnAnimate 6 was featured on Secrets of the City!
Sam Ballis is based in the Twin Cities, and currently is about to start college at MCAD in the fall. Sam dedicates a lot of time to the world of filmmaking, and animation is one field that she is currently exploring.
Jim Belden has been a student and volunteer at CTV since 2014. Working with TV and film is one of his many creative passions, as well as acting and writing.
Emily is an artist, filmmaker, animator, and instructor working in still and moving images. She holds a BFA in Film from UW-Milwaukee, where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres. Drawn to the unusual and unpredictable, her work explores the flux of peculiarities in language, communication, gestures and habits. Working across various mediums, such as video, photography and animation, her work investigates how images are translated into various forms through context. Emily’s work aspires to instigate questions, engage curiosity and manifest new language around what is seen in these new forms.
I’m Mary Kippley, a creator from Hamline University. I specialize in building diverse characters and supernatural/mystical stories that examines questions and twist themes I feel are either mis- or underrepresented in the media today, such as love, friendship, loneliness, alienation and other topics having to do with relationships. I draw to express and create to explore, and more often than not, I’m exploring myself — my beliefs, my ideals, my identity. This exploration may take the form of songs, poems, or shorts, but usually come in comics and sketches.
My name is Jennifer Rosario. I attend Hamline University pursuing a degree in Digital Media Arts. This video is a product of Hamline’s Intro to Animation class taught by Professor John Akre.
MCAD senior animation major that is interested in the narrative structure of storytelling compared to its content.
Trevor Adams is a recipient of the 2017 MSAB Artist Initiative grant and is affording him the opportunity to revisit and digitize personal archives for the unsuspecting public.
John Akre is a Minneapolis animation educator, maker, and fan, and he organizes MinnAnimate. He creates stop motion animation on location with his Sloppy Films Animation Station, teaches animation at Hamline University and creates work with clients through Green Jeans Media, the home studio he runs with Beth Peloff.
Foreign Fauna is an animation studio rooted in design and illustration.
Brian Barber is an illustrator, animator designer and motion graphics artist, working in advertising, children’s books, corporate videoa and more.
Susan Shay Brugger
Susan has been a closet animator most of her life. When she isn’t chasing her young granddaughters, she works as a production manager for Theory Studios, a 3d animation, vfx and vr studio.
Currently attending Minneapolis College of Art and Design and majoring in filmmaking while also learning techniques in animation. Favorite animated films of all time are Toy Story and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Hopes to make both live-action and animated films throughout his career.
Emily 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.
Little Old Lady Animator.
Cody Greene is an independent writer/animator from St Paul Minnesota.
Eve Hernandez is a Graphic Designer with a background in Fine Arts. Her work includes a mixture of both digital and traditional mediums. Currently residing in the cold tundra known as Minneapolis- her work involves bright colors and smooth sounds to offset the busy, snowy city.
Ed Heyl lives in northeast Minneapolis and attends massage therapy school when he’s not making art.
Julie JAO is a visual artist who does both painting and live performance. Her work is about movement and energy. She is particularly interested in the spark of life that propels a being from a state of inertia to action and the impetus that creates this change of state.
Robert Jersak is a multimedia artist by night, communication studies educator by day. He’s eager to be a part of the growing animation scene in the Twin Cities.
Independent animator, graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Clients include Viceland, FOX, and Adult Swim.
Andy Lefton is a Minneapolis based senior 3D/VFX artist with over 12 years of experience.
Animator, filmmaker and artist living in Minneapolis, MN.
Ian Lueck, a Wisconsin native, has been an independent filmmaker and animator for almost two decades. His work has been featured at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis, as well as numerous video sharing sites on the web.
Wayne Nelsen has made 66 animated videos and film collages, using the stories, poems and music of other people.
Animator, Director, Character Designer and Storyboard artists creating hand dawn entertainment for TV and Film. Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Danger & Eggs, an animated series on Amazon Prime.
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.
Maret Polzine is an experimental filmmaker from the Twin Cities. They have a BFA in animation, and their works have screened globally.
Lea Redding is an animator working in Minneapolis, she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in December 2015.
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.”
Josh Stifter is the animation director and owner of Flush Studios. He’s created animation for Kevin Smith and had his cartoons featured on the El Rey Network.
Chamindika Wanduragala is a Sri Lankan American visual artist, DJ (DJ Chamun), puppeteer and maker of stop motion films. She’s also the Artistic Director of Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop, an arts organization that nurtures artists of color and Indigenous artists in contemporary puppet theater and sequential art.
Here is the program that will play at 7 pm on September 14th.
by Lea Redding
A boy playing on the river bank helps a turtle get back into the water, and sees something incredible.
Kidtasia: A Fantasy in 5 Beats
by Robert Jersak
The kid took my tablet and messed around with GarageBand, so I decided to animate some of her beats and tracks. A very short electronic riff on Fantasia.
by chamindika wanduragala
A shadow puppet stop motion animation dealing with losing/regaining creativity and sense of self after childbirth.
eye palindrome eye
by Colin Stanhill
A series of exercises in synthesized silliness. A formalist offering of fabricated frivolity. A procession of ocular oddments. A capricious cartoon. A geometric jaunt.
by Emory Allen
A humorous take on the dangers of over-working. Made for Hellavision Television Animation Show.
All My Heroes
by Adam Loomis
Music video for Minneapolis-based band, Double Grave.
Maureen and the Ice Queen
by Beth Peloff
A young girl discovers there’s more to her favorite food than meets the eye.
by Andy Lefton
A modern approach to an age old legend.
by Josh Stifter
Every snowflake is different, right?
by Wayne Nelsen
Tom Cassidy talks about his brother, mentalist extraordinaire, Bob Cassidy.
by Susan Shay Brugger
Getting toothpaste back in the tube isn’t a problem for an animator.
by Eve Hernandez
A series of compositions created to offset a high anxiety inducing lifestyle.
by Maret Polzine
Thursday’s Child has far to go. As I gazed into the storm, I was never more receptive to the vast journey ahead of me, never more aware of my smallness. But it was also in this meditative state that I found I was not afraid of the void, but soothed by it. Thursday’s Child has far to go, and what a comfort that is.
by Trevor Adams
A/V remix of an IMP classic.
by Cody Greene
Self Portrait is a short about the healing properties of the creative process; Using art as a means of coping with inner turmoil such as depression and anxiety.
PEEN Zine – Mature Warning
by Simeon Kondev
ISSUE #1 of self-published animation
Manfred’s my Friend
by Edward Heyl
Manfred the vampire lord discovers the meaning of true friendship… and the gamezone club.
A Pitiful Mind
by Ian Lueck
In this sequel to “C.A.T. Scam” and “Hoppity Quack”, Mr. Cat is forced to attend therapy, and clashes with Dr. Rabbit, who keeps entering his life at the most inopportune times.
by Sue Grant
Spoof on Gravity
Science Today: The Trump Particle
by John Akre
Dr. Hubert Zork presents his research on the Trump Phenomenon.
The Dames – “Head of State”
by Brian Barber
Music video for Duluth-based band The Dames, produced as part of the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival.
by Mike Owens
The cat of a terrified man performs an act of cathartic kindness the morning after a shocking presidential election.
by Julie JAO
The Message is a short film of an experimental creative ritual. The performer creates, breathes life into the creation and sends it with a message to the spirit world.
by Emily Fritze
After a tragedy occurs in a remote desert town, a boy sees his world through a new, more sinister perspective. With a fairybug as his sidekick, he sets out to unearth the truth behind what happened.
This is the program that will show at 6 pm on September 14.
by Samantha Ballis
In the future, the only frontier left to explore is space.
by Kai and Sam
Recycling Gone Wrong
by Elyse and Ellen
These two films were created during the IFP MN Stop Motion Animation Camp in June 2017.
by Pao Thao Theng
SPNN youth detail their trip to Detroit and recite their bonding experiences and lessons they’ve learned from the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.
Welcome to Hell
Matt and Ollie
Final Project (Flower Movie)
by Vidhya H.
These three short films (and the MinnAnimate trailer) were created during the IFP MN Photoshop/Animate Camp in August 2017.
by Jennifer Rosario
This film shows the relationship between an old dog who just wants to sleep and a baby who just wants to play.
I’m Happy – Teen Nostalgia
by Jim Belden
“I’m Happy” was produced by students in the Animation @ The Station class at CTV North Suburbs, as a culminating project for a class that explored various types of animation styles. It is an abbreviated music video for a song of the same title by teen musician Teenage Nostalgia.
by Joseph Dutra
A bored student experiences a frightening wake-up call.
The Love Bug
by Jennifer Rosario
Two chameleons find love through the help of a metaphoric match-making butterfly.
The Star Shepherd Parts 1 and 2
by Mary Kippley
A little girl transforms into the keeper of the stars, but grows lonely. Finding something unidentifiable floating in the distance, she goes off to investigate.
by Sklyer Swender
Drawn charcoal stopmotion accounting the events of the 1914 Christmas truce from soldiers diaries and journals.
by Emily Downes
A dissection of a macroscopic view of individual constitution or actualization is interpreted through symbols and abstraction. “Astrodynes” is a representation of an astrological birth chart where physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual tendencies endowed at birth are realized through animation.
Submit you animated short to MinnAnimate 6 by July 31, 2017. MinnAnimate features under 5 minute shorts that are made by independent, student and youth animators from Minnesota or slightly beyond. Click on the Submit button in the title bar above!