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Northeaster article on MinnAnimate

Here’s a really great article on MinnAnimate and the Street Animation Station in this week’s Northeaster newspaper:


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MN Daily article on-line

Here is a more browser friendly version of the Minnesota Daily article about MinnAnimate from last week:

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MinnAnimate 3 Q and A photos

MinnAnimate 3 was a great success with over 20 filmmakers at the event to talk about their work in the world of animation! A group of students, animators, family and friends came from Brookings, S.D. to join the Minnesotans in the brand new seats of St. Anthony Main Cinema 3 courtesy of the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here are some photos of the great Q and A session with the audience.




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MinnAnimate in Secrets of the City

Here is what Secrets of the City had to say about MinnAnimate 3.

“We already know how vibrant the film community is here in the Twin Towns, but it’s not often animators get to show off their talent. Now in its third year, the MinnAnimate festival showcases the best Minnesota-made animated films. There will be a bunch of different types of animated films taking on a bunch of different topics, and to get a feel for what will be part of the festival check out the program list. Also, you should watch the cool trailer they put together for the show (they also have the trailers for the first two festivals on the website). The show takes place at St. Anthony Main Theater, and it’s perfect because apparently we’ve already hit stay-inside-and-watch-a-movie weather. 7 p.m. $8.50 (general admission), $6 (students/seniors), $5 (film society members). —EDJ”

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Minnesota Daily article on MinnAnimate 3


A very cool article about tonight’s MinnAnimate festival in today’s Minnesota Daily!

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MinnAnimate 3 bios

MinnAnimate 3 bios

As an outsider artist, Trevor Adams is oblivious to most animation techniques analogue and digitial, and painfully aware of how hip his record- and comics collection is.  Despite barely graduating high school, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a year and managed to pay off his debts in 3 months after dropping out freshman year.  He was born the same year Nixon resigned and cites his birthplace the same as Bruce Conner and Moondog.

Alexa Akre and Kyle Ward are both in high school in the Twin Cities area, and are possibly interested in pursuing careers in the film world. This is their first animation.

John Akre is an animator, documentary video maker and youth worker who lives in Minneapolis and organizes the MinnAnimate festival.

Kirk Anderson is a Twin Cities cartoonist.

Greg Bro operates, where his irreverent shorts — including the miniseries “Stuper Powers” and “The Crazy Misadventures of Christ” — can be viewed. When not making animated shorts, Bro spends his time wearing jean shorts.

Susan Shay Brugger works primarily in 2d animation, usually combining watercolor backgrounds with computer animation. Susan is strongly influenced by the Saturday morning cartoons and the pre-feature film animations of her well-spent youth as well as the crazy antics of her family’s pets. Her early interest in animation started with creating character voices, but quickly developed into creating and drawing the characters themselves. Susan grew up in Minneapolis and currently lives with her family in eastern South Dakota. She is also an accomplished fiber artist, creating yarns, textiles and clothing.

Adina Cohen is a Stop Motion Animator who is currently working in the Los Angeles and Burbank area. Mostly known for her animation work on Robot Chicken season 7, Adina uses her spare time to create short films. Her Senior Thesis “The Trip” was the official selection in the Square lake Festival and MinnAnimate 2013. Fork and Knife is her most recent short film. Her other interests include spoken word, figure drawing and going on adventures. To find out more visit

Lisa Rydin Erickson is a Saint Paul artist and lives on the same block with the writer Lisa Sackreiter. They created this animation in a weeks time. Lisa filmed by candlelight during an early morning window when the light was just right to make the gold pastel powder flicker and painted puppets and backgrounds while Lisa Sackreiter embellished and formed the story stirring luck into the nisses nightly travels.

Sue Grant– As a retired person in my 70s I am probably the oldest animator who is submitting work to your festival. Aren’t too many animators my age around. Perhaps I provide a different point of view?

Mike Hallenbeck is a composer and sound designer active in film, animation, games, branding, and performing arts. He is bald. Home page:

Peter Kirschmann – Peter is a youth worker and media maker from the midwest, currently living in Chicago. He likes using paper cut animations to illustrate other people’s stories.

David Koesters. David recently transplanted to Minneapolis from Nebraska. He has two cats.

Editor and Animator, Leah Mann, recently graduated from UW-Stout in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design and Interactive Media. She’s dabbled in a bit of everything, but is happiest when her design projects contribute to making the world a better place.

Jane Nelson Meyer works in many mediums outside of animation. The result is much cross-over between painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and creative writing. ‘Navel Gazing’ is no exception. While working as an intern at High Point Center for Printmaking, Jane made the illustrations through the process of drypoint intaglio. She now is working at Franconia Sculpture Park. In 2011, she graduated as a studio art major from St. Olaf College.

Shelby Pearson is an animator/illustrator residing and working in Minneapolis.

Beth Peloff likes to make cartoons (still and moving), documentaries, music, cookies, and soup.

Josh Stifter makes toons. But don’t laugh, you’ll just encourage him.

Jordan Studanski, etc. – A group of South Dakota State University students got together to make this short film so a bio on just one of us doesn’t seem sufficient. We’re all from different corners of the globe but we all have one thing in common, we love animation. The group of us really worked well together and we had a blast making the short film. Of course we had our ups and downs but in the end it was all totally worth it.

Oanh Vu is a youth worker at the Science Museum of MN and an artist with a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art from the College of St. Benedict. When not working Oanh can be found making videos and organizing MNKINO a bi-montly video screening.

Leo Winstead is an illustrator and filmmaker based out of the Twin Cities. Leo has been involved with various film projects over the last 20 years, starting with short stopmotion vignettes shot on super-8 which then lead to 16mm film and video production during college. He produced the storyboards for the film The Quiet Storm (2000) about domestic violence, while an undergraduate at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Other projects have included This Is My Body (2008), where he worked as storyboard artist, animator, and 2nd unit director and more recently Akello & the Lion (2010), an animated film dealing with the effects of the conflict in Uganda involving the LRA.

Caleb Wood is an animation artist. He is most interested in the dynamism of the mundane and overlooked, abstract, and all things moving. He incorporates several different mediums in his work, and aims to expand upon the possibilities of animation. He received a BFA in Film/Animation/Video at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, and has since gone on to show work internationally and continue making films independently.


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MinnAnimate 3 Program

MinnAnimate 3 program

MinnAnimate Youth!

IFP MN: Find Your Voice (IFP-MN Summer Animation Camp 2014)

TCYMN Youth Media Market (created by youth from Migizi Communications, Perpich Arts High School, and other youth at the Walker Art Center)

Parents Suck! (Alexa Akre, Kyle Ward, Emily Downes)

A video developed to accompany a poem by Kyle Ward, about the rocky relationship between parents and their teens.

Transitions Animated (MTS Media Arts Youth)

What used to be where your school is now?


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Plumb (Caleb Wood)

A continuous vertical freehand digression.


Make Your Mark (Shelby Pearson, Mike Hallenbeck)

A family member encourages a young artist.


Street Animation (John Akre and many others)

Animation made on the street at the North Minneapolis Greenway Experience Open Streets, Lyndale Open Streets, the Northeast Farmer’s Market, and Central Ave. Open Streets this spring and summer.

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League of Littles (Jordan Studanski, Michael Mazourek, Young Fuller, Evyn Erickson, Katherine Daugaard, Dan Dismounts, Scott Meier, Logan Anderson, Amanda Boerger)

A group of extraordinary preschoolers are interviewed to become the next super hero. Some of these kiddos have found their powers and are confident in themselves while others are not quite sure yet. What the future will hold? It is up to the League of Littles to save us all from unforeseeable doom.


Stuper Powers: Secret Stache (Greg Bro)

In this episode of Stuper Powers, Bob has devoted his entire existence to becoming the ultimate crime fighter and tonight he’s ready to reveal himself to the world.

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Losing with Dignity (Peter Kirschmann)

Molly loses things all the time, and loves to talk about it candidly.

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Navel Gazing (Jane Meyer, Sara Meyer, Anders Nienstaedt, Dana LeMoine, Anda Tanaka, Mat Brutger)

I tell the tale of my heroic belly button and his adventure as a rescuer of the downtrodden.

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#StopCombatingMe (Leah Mann, Maia Ledesma, Greg Lehner)

#StopCombatingMe is a Public Service Announcement that was created for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Its purpose is to inform the public that the Combating Autism Act (CAA) doesn’t help Autistic adults, and that funding services for Autistics across the lifespan is more important than funding cure research.

MNKino 40 (Mindy Knoll, Leo Winstead, John Akre)

Created during a MNKino animation workshop at MCAD.

Connect the Dots (Oanh Vo, Robert Masen and many others)

Created during MNKino 43 during the Greenway Glow/Northern Spark.

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The Bike Ride (Sue Grant)

A bike rider has trouble with a feisty bird who insists on following him.


The Blue Bicycle (Mike Finley, John Akre, Beth Peloff)

A bicycle in a tree sparks thoughts about family and change.


North by Northeast (Andy Waltzer, John Akre and many ohers)

Created by dozens of people in the Northrup King Building during this year’s Art-A-Whirl.


Sheridan Veterans Memorial (Robert Smart)

A massive sculpture forms right before our eyes.


Extreme Makeover: Thor (Greg Bro)

Thor decides to test his mighty hammer at home remodeling.

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The Interviewering (David Koesters)

David has a job interview for position of mediocre lawyer.


The Crazy Misadventures of Christ: Joe Finds Out (Greg Bro)

In this comedic short written, animated, and voiced by Greg Bro, Joseph gets some surprising news about his future wife, Mary.


The Other Side (Josh Stifter, Mike Hallenbeck)

Results of new research on why the chicken crossed the road.


Cheshire Club (Kirk Anderson, Kevin Featherly)

Inside one of the few comedy clubs featuring stand-up comedy by cats, for cats.


Zeke and the All-Inclusive Cat House (Susan Shay Brugger, Lawrence Diggs)

A tomcat discovers a dream vacation with Miss Kitty is not what he expected.


The Fox and the Grapes (Leo Winstead, Kerri Lake)

Aesop’s classic fable. I animated clay reliefs with some colors added digitally in Toonboom Studio.


Red Dog (Beth Peloff)

A meditation on grief through the story of an old man and his dog.


YIELD (Caleb Wood)

Roadkill deaths are documented, and collectively animated.


McFowl! (Trevor Adams, Mike Hallenbeck)

A hand-drawn meditation on spirituality and the police state of art sleds scratched and mutilated on film.


Totem (Caleb Wood)

A celebration of anima


Titanic Tower (Nimo Farah, John Akre, Beth Peloff)

A public high rise is a place where culture is collected and nourished.

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Lucky Bucket (Lisa Erickson)

A Nisse out of luck asks a bridge troll for some magic luck. He trades a beautiful pair of mittens for a lucky bucket which appears to be empty. Filling it with good things for animals and the farmers family the nisse realizes that it truly is lucky.

Teetersee Tottersaw (Caleb Wood, Derick Wycherly)

Teeter See Totter Saw is an animated dialogue between two animators. One animator draws a frame, the other animator draws the next. Without a plan, the film forms itself as the two animators suggest a new direction with each frame.


The Crazy Misadventures of Christ: The Snake Bite (Greg Bro)

In this comedic short written, animated, and voiced by Greg Bro, Jesus gets bit by a snake. This short debuted at the 2014 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival.


Fork and Knife (Adina Cohen, Steve Blumenthal, David Harri)

It is about a lonely man in a restaurant who decides to attract attention for the other people in the restaurant by making music.

Connect the Dots (Oanh Vu, Charley MCarrron)

Animated portmanteau words.


Aurora (Leo Winstead, Byron Yang

Aurora (2013) is my latest paint-on-glass animated short. This film was initially inspired by the music of Claude Debussy. The idea that life can thrive even in the dead of winter formed the basis for my attempt at “visual poetry.”


Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop (Caleb Wood)

A mind in the city looks inward, and escapes into the rabbit’s domain.


The Bestest Place of All (Mike Hallenbeck, John Akre)

Where do you go to get creative?

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MinnAnimate 3 Trailer

MinnAnimate 3 is coming up on Thursday, September 11th at 7 pm at the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul, at St. Anthony Main. Here’s this year’s trailer!

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Street Animation at Central Avenue Open Streets

Here is some street animation from the Central Avenue Open Streets event on July 27, 2014. Street animation from this summer will be featured at this year’s MinnAnimate festival. Check out other Street Animation videos.

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Street Animation at this year’s MinnAnimate (NE Farmer’s Market)

This year’s MinnAnimate, on September 11th, will feature some of my Street Animation projects this summer, like this one from Saturday at the Northeast Farmer’s Market.

And the submission deadline is July 31, so submit today!

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