To Find Your Place in the World (2016) dir. Kelly Tsai and Ryan Hartley Smith
Role: Co-Director, Illustrator, Animator
Honors / Awards: American Illustration 35
An animated poetry short film that brings alive the challenges and rewards of giving back to your community. The piece follows four young people as they commit to a year of service finding themselves and their communities in the process. Drawing from the traditions of both social realism and surrealism, the visuals are underscored by a spoken word poem that illuminates the characters' experiences and inner transformations. To Find Your Place in the World is a collaboration with Kelly Tsai, sound designer Mike Skinner, and original music by Norvis Jr. We premiered "To Find Your Place in the World" at the 2016 Public Allies National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Film Festivals include Rarebit Animation Festival (2017) and New Filmmakers New York (2017). 
Prelude to Freedom Summer (2014) dir. Ryan Hartley Smith
Role: Director, Illustrator, Writer
Honors / Awards: Society of Illustrators 57, ICON9 Motion Commotion
An animated short film that explores the legacy of black liberation activism in Mississippi prior to the summer of 1964. Animation by Jen Epstein. The piece was sponsored by the CUNY Queens College Civil Rights Commemoration Commission, and incorporates photos and other visual material from the college's extensive Civil Rights Archive. It premiered at the Godwin Ternbach Museum at a commemorative event to mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.
Civil Rights at Queens College: 50 Years Forward (2013) dir. Ryan Hartley Smith
Role: Illustrator
An animated short that promoted commemorative events taking place at CUNY Queens in 2013 and 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the school's involvement in the March on Washington and Freedom Summer. Animation by Jen Epstein.

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