Author: Dave Merson Hess

Founding Editor Dave Merson Hess has worked in independent animation as a producer, director, and composer. As a media arts educator, he’s taught workshops and/or developed curriculum for film-arts non-profit Aurora Picture Show, Rush Process Fest, DIY Animation Club, Zine Fest Houston, comedy incubator BETA Theater, Houston Independent School District, and the arts-in-medicine programs at Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Watch “Mannequin”, a hand-painted animated short by Pete Burkeet, then read an interview with the artist.

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Kiernan Sjursen-Lien’s “Saxon” Kickstarter

We talk to independent animator and comic artist Kiernan Sjursen-Lien about developing original animated films, and their Kickstarter campaign for Saxon, an animated miniseries following a teenage dropout and their cat as they solve the mysterious death of a local teen.

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“Stilton’s In Charge”

Watch our first-ever Screening Room selection, a short film by Jonni Phillips and Victoria Vincent, made with sharpies, construction paper, and a 10-year-old webcam. Then, read an interview with the makers.

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