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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 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

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:

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

dust bunnies

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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