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.

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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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MinnAnimate 6 Photos

MinnAnimate 6 is over, and it was a fun night with many great animated films and lots of great discussion. Here are some photos!




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MinnAnimate 6 is tonight!

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.

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Featured on Secrets of the City

MinnAnimate 6 was featured on Secrets of the City!


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MinnAnimate 6 Bios

Youth/Student Filmmakers

Sam Ballis

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

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 Downes

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.

Mary Kippley

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.

Jennifer Rosario

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.

Skyler Swender

MCAD senior animation major that is interested in the narrative structure of storytelling compared to its content.


Independent Animators

Trevor Adams

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

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.

Emory Allen

Foreign Fauna is an animation studio rooted in design and illustration.

Brian Barber

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.

Joseph Dutra

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 Fritze

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.

Sue Grant

Little Old Lady Animator.

Cody Greene

Cody Greene is an independent writer/animator from St Paul Minnesota.

Eve Hernandez

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

Ed Heyl lives in northeast Minneapolis and attends massage therapy school when he’s not making art.

Julie JAO

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

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.

Simeon Kondev

Independent animator, graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Clients include Viceland, FOX, and Adult Swim.

Andy Lefton

Andy Lefton is a Minneapolis based senior 3D/VFX artist with over 12 years of experience.

Adam Loomis

Animator, filmmaker and artist living in Minneapolis, MN.

Ian Lueck

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

Wayne Nelsen has made 66 animated videos and film collages, using the stories, poems and music of other people.

Mike Owens

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

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

Maret Polzine is an experimental filmmaker from the Twin Cities. They have a BFA in animation, and their works have screened globally.

Lea Redding

Lea Redding is an animator working in Minneapolis, she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in December 2015.

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.”

Josh Stifter

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

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.

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MinnAnimate 6 Independent Animation Program

Here is the program that will play at 7 pm on September 14th.


Creation Myth

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.

Fulfillingness’ Rebirth

by chamindika wanduragala

A shadow puppet stop motion animation dealing with losing/regaining creativity and sense of self after childbirth.


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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.

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Maureen and the Ice Queen

by Beth Peloff

A young girl discovers there’s more to her favorite food than meets the eye.


Sleigh Runner

by Andy Lefton

A modern approach to an age old legend.



by Josh Stifter

Every snowflake is different, right?

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Magic Season

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.

Thursday’s Child

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.


8500 v2.0

by Trevor Adams

A/V remix of an IMP classic.

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Self Portrait

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.

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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.

Science Movie

Science Movie

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.

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The Message

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.

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Dead Birds

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.


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MinnAnimate 6 Youth/Student Program

This is the program that will show at 6 pm on September 14.

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New Frontier

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.


Theng’s Animation

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

by Henry

Matt and Ollie

by Leon

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.

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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.

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