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About Marnie Ellen

Marnie Ellen (b.1988) is a video artist, animator, and filmmaker living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Marnie Ellen's animations and films have screened nationally and internationally in festivals, and most recently as a traveling video installation in hotel rooms around the world. She founded and produced collaborative works through Dream Throat Productions for the past three years as well as actively participated in the fields of research and clinical psychology where she was able to present and... more

Green Water

Made in collaboration with visual artist, Beth Hoeckel, Green Water is a collaged animation using archival magazine photography and advertizements to create a domestic world in which a woman travels through rooms in search of the perfect easter basket. Utilizing mid-century and 1960s imagery and color pallets, a imaginary space is created with simple movements, rich sound design, and a linear narrative. Green Water is subtle yet impactful story telling through collage and animation. Easter is here and things are getting strange.

Directors: Marnie Ellen Hertzler and Beth Hoeckel
Animation: Marnie Ellen Hertzler
Collage: Beth Hoeckel
Sound Design: Albert Birney

The Domestic Life of a Housecat

The curse of hindsight and the desperate pursuit of intimacy portrayed through a personal collection of voicemails, sex tapes, animation, and spite.

The Domestic Life of a Housecat is a study of hindsight. The filmmaker plays the invisible lead as she sends the audience rifling through a two-year history of voicemails, home-made sex tapes, and various relics of lost love. Using animation and found images, she pieces together this video as she finds her footing after months disoriented by regret and spite. What was once such an intimate and desperate pursuit is now rewound and repackaged as a cinematic peek into the absurdity and ephemera of romantic love.

"Is it that we are chasing something, or are we being chased?''

Official Selection, 2016 Maryland Film Festival

Producer - Matthew Porterfield
Sound Design - Matt Papich

Deep Dark Animation Series

Deep Dark is an ongoing series that draws inspiration from suppressed memories, collected secrets, alleged rumors, and personal confessions. Deep Dark acts as an interpretive document of these stories and retells them through symbols, sound, and animation.

Episode 1: Josie and Jade
A plant that grows unusually large and prolific due to its nurturer’s strange secret

Episode 2: No Parents
A biographical exploration of small freedoms, boyhood, and unadulterated curiosity
Official Selection, 2015 New Orleans Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Cucalorus Film Festival

Deep Dark Books: My House
A reading from a book for children by children

Dream Throat

Welcome to a room that has hosted numerous tenants. This room is a collector of dreams, aggression, love, lust, and pain. You are the subject of it's experiment, enduring, and participating in a brief document of these particular collected occurrences.The tenants change while the stiff taxidermy and rose wallpaper remain as viewers like yourself. You are invited to an in depth and darkened view of what these thorns have collected.
Here, stories stain the floor and soak into the mattress of a room we like to call Dream Throat.

Over the course of two years, Dream Throat has traveled with and been screened as part of an immersive installation. Written, shot, and edited all in one room, this film contained in the installation focuses on the altercations and ambiguity of the visitor’s relationships within a singular, yet dynamic space. Because the setting of this film is reminiscent of a hotel room, by placing the viewer also in a hotel room a mirror is created, allowing the viewer to actively experience the film as a situation, rather than passively view it as a spectator in a theatre.

Official Selection, 2014 New Orleans Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Borscht Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Maryland Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Cucalorus Film Festival

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