CREATIVE INTERESTS


FILM, VIDEO, ANIMATION: Narrative and experimental forms.  Alternatives to mainstream conventions and aesthetics. 

EXHIBITION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Organizing and promoting venues for alternative to mainstream film and animation from independent local, regional, and global artists.


SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

F11 and Be There, Feature Documentary, live-action/animation, 2018

Animations created for feature-length documentary on North Carolina-based veteran photographer Burk Uzzle. Director Jethro Waters, Producer David Raymond. www.f11andbethere.com

  • Austin Film Festival, Austin, Texas, USA, October 2018

  • Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, November 2018


Beebox, experimental animation, 2:14, 2018

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

  • Barents Ecology Film Festival, Petrozavodsk, Russia, April 2018, SEMI-FINALIST

  • Sioux Empire Film Festival, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, May 2018

  • River Film Festival, Padua, Italy, June 2018

  • Bergamo Food Film Festival, Bergamo, Italy, June 2018, BEST ANIMATION

  • Kinookus Food Film Festival, Ston, Croatia, June 2018

  • Green Movie Night, Berlin, Germany, June 2018

  • CineAmbiente – Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy, July 2018

  • Supertoon International Animation Festival, Šibenik, Croatia, July 2018

  • Insomnia International Animation Film Festival, Moscow, Russia, July 2018

  • SunChild International Environmental Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia, July 2018

  • Rural FilmFest, Ciudad Real, Spain, July 2018

  • Palm Springs International Animation Festival, California, USA, August, 2018

  • Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, August 2018

  • Conscious Cartoons Animation Festival, Seattle, Washington, USA, September 2018

  • San Francisco Green Film Festival, California, USA, September 2018

  • Paris International Animation Film Festival, France, September 2018

  • MinnAnimate, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, September 2018

  • Kuala Lampur Environmental Film Festival, Malaysia, October 2018, FINALIST

  • Serra da Estrela International Environmental Film Festival, Seia, Portugal, October 2018

  • Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival, Spain, November 2018

Infestation, animation/2D traditional/digital, 1 min, 2016

Short vignettes illustrate the challenge of eliminating certain pests.

  • River Film Festival, Padua, Italy, June 2016

  • Square Lake Film & Music Festival, Stillwater, Minnesota, USA, August 2016

  • MinnAnimate, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, September 2016

  • Toronto Urban Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 2016

  • UnderGround Film Festival, Ancona, Italy, September 2016

  • Manlleu Short Film Festival, Manlleu, Spain, November 2016

  • Sommets du cinéma d’animation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 2016

  • Tahoe Underground Film Festival, Incline Village, Nevada, USA, November 2016

  • Fargo Film Festival, Fargo, North Dakota, USA, March 2017

  • Minneapolis International Film Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, April 2017

  • 1Minuto Festival, São Paolo, Brazil, April 2017 *Winner: Best Animation

  • Sioux Empire Film Festival, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, May 2017 *Winner: Best Animation

Big Brown’s TV Slap-Down!, animation/stop-motion, 1 min, 2016

The Li’l Shape Peeps love making new friends and including everyone in their adventures!

  • The Dumbest Sh!t I Ever Saw Show, Brooklyn, NY USA, August 2016

  • 1Minuto Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2017

  • We Like ‘Em Short, Baker City, Oregon USA, August 2017

  • Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, September 2017

  • Sick n’ Wrong Film Festival, Orlando, FL USA, November 2017

  • Sommets du cinéma d’animation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 2017

  • Athens AnimFest, Athens, Greece, March 2018

White Out, animation/stop-motion, 5 min, 2015

A lone pilot is faced with isolation on a cold dark world. Music by Domenico Cimarosa and performed by Nathan Jorgensen and Mary Ermel Walker. 

  • Athens AnimFest, Athens, Greece, March 2015

  • Athens International Film & Video Festival, Athens, Ohio, USA, April 2015

  • Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, Florida, USA, April 2015

  • RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC, USA, April 2015

  • Animaze: Montreal International Animation Festival, Montreal, Canada, April 2015

  • Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, August 2015

  • Anibar International Animation Festival, Peja, Kosovo, August 2015

  • INSANE Animation Film Festival, Malmo, Sweden, September 2015

  • Portland Film Festival, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 2015

  • Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, November 2015

  • St. Cloud Film Festival, St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA, November 2015  *Winner: Best Animation

  • ReAnima International Animation Festival, Bergen, Norway, September 2017

An Evening with Harvey Dunn’s Feminine Images, 2013-2015

A multidisciplinary live performance based on selected paintings by South Dakota artist Harvey Dunn. Collaborators Asst. Prof. Darla Bielfeldt (English), Asst. Prof. Aaron Ragsdale (Music), Lynn Verschoor (South Dakota Art Museum), Melissa Hauschild-Mork (Comm Studies/Theater), Professor Corey Shelsta (Comm Studies/Theater), Lowell Haag (Journalism).

·       Performing Arts Center, Brookings, South Dakota, Spring 2014

·       South Dakota Public Television, Spring 2015

The Uncle Mike Show, live-action/animation, 6.5 min, 2012

An unfortunate host of a cable access show is tormented by the wishes of the show sponsor.

·              MinnAnimate, Minneapolis, MN, USA, September 2013

·              Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, MA, USA, March 2013

·              PollyGrind Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV, USA, October 2012 * Winner: Best Television Show/Webisode

Look to the Sea, animation, 3.4 min, 2010 

Music video produced in collaboration with National Geographic Digital and the Census of Marine Life.  Music by Maryann Camilleri.  Producer: Jason Orfanon

·       Museum of Natural History, London, UK, October 2010 

·       Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, April, 2011

·       International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula, MT, March 2011 *Honorable Mention for Animation

·       Hawai’i Ocean Film Festival, Hanalei, HI, July 2011  *Winner: Best Animation

·       BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Monterey, CA, September 2012

Beard & Moustache Experiments, nos. 1-4, experimental documentary, 12 min, 2008                

A lighthearted look at the social, cultural, historical and aesthetic aspects of facial hair portrayed through a combination of live action combined with animation.

·   Athens International Film & Video Festival, Athens, OH, March 2009

·   Humboldt Film Festival, Humboldt, CA, May 2009

·   Middle Tennessee Film and Video Festival, TN, April 2009

·   Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, November 2008

·   Faculty Exhibition, Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD, September 2008

·   SDSU Animation Mini-Fest, Brookings, SD, October 2008

Ancestors, short animation, 3 min, 2006

In this 2D animation, a first-time father accounts the irrational fears of tracing back his family roots.

·  Citrus Cel Animation Festival, Jacksonville, FL, USA, 2009

·  South Dakota Film Festival, Aberdeen, SD, USA, 2008

·  Canterbury Film Festival, Canterbury, New Zealand, 2008

·  Landlocked Film Festival, Iowa City, IA, USA, 2008

·  Frame Damage Animation Festival, Denver, CO, USA, 2008

·  North Carolina Film & Video Festival, Greensboro, NC USA, 2007 *Winner: Best Independent Animation

·  2D or Not 2D Festival, Portland, OR, USA, 2007

·  Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC, USA, 2006

·  Microcinefest, Baltimore, MD, USA, 2006

Corcovado, live-action, 16mm, 12 min, 1999

Two diner patrons endure the monotony of a dreary meal. Cowboys, cavemen and lots of food.

  • Rosebud Awards Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, April 2000 *Winner: Best in Show

  • Flicker, Cat’s Cradle, Carborro, North Carolina, November 1999

  • Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2000

  • Johns Hopkins University Reel Festival, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2000

  • Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina, May 2000

  • Come and Get It! DVD Compilation, 2001

  • Rooftop Films, Brooklyn, New York, August 2001

·       Mario’s Furniture, Los Angeles, California, December 2002

SELECTED AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

2018. South Dakota Art Museum Faculty Scholar, Fall 2018. Awarded course release for research in character and narrative in the work of American illustrator and painter Harvey Dunn.

 

2017. South Dakota Arts Council Fellowship Award, $5000. South Dakota Arts Council.

 

2014. Awarded Project Grant for production of short film “White Out”, $2000. South Dakota Arts Council.

 

2013. Faculty Excellence in Engagement & Outreach Award Recipient.  For efforts in SoDak Animation Festival, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.

 

2012. Awarded “Fast-Track Challenge America” Grant for 2012 SoDak Animation Festival, $10,000. National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

 

EDUCATION & APPOINTMENTS

 

MASTER OF FINE ARTS: FILM PRODUCTION

Ohio University. Athens, Ohio

Thesis:  Corcovado, experimental/narrative, live-action, 16mm, 12:34

Graduated August 1999

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: GEOGRAPHY

James Madison University. Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1995

 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANIMATION AND FILM

School of Design, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

2007 - present.

 

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Multimedia Designer, Mind & Media, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, 2004.

 

Makeup/Makeup FX Artist for film and television, NC/DC-based,1997 – 2007.

 

Sound Studio Assistant, Ohio University, Department of Film, 1997 – 1999.

 

Freelance Grip/Production Assistant, 1995 - 1999.

 

AFFILIATIONS

 

AEF (Animation Educators Forum), Member 2017-present

 

ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation), Member. 2007 - present

 

IATSE Local 798 (International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees), Makeup Artists & Hairstylists. 2000-2003.