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Crestone -- Feature Film Still

Still from 'Crestone' - The world has ended, and it seems the last humans alive are a group of SoundCloud rappers living together in the desert sanctuary of Crestone, Colorado. (2019, 70min.)

Hi I Need To Be Loved -- Short Film Trailer

Trailer for 'Hi I Need To Be Loved' - Actors from Craigslist audition for a film by reading spam emails from a teleprompter. Three are cast: A Dancer, A Chef, and A Milkmaid. Is it poetry or malware? (2019, 11min)

Animation Still from Growing Girl

Growing Girl - Animation - Utilizing unconventional animation platforms, and stock photo characters, Growing Girl is an animation that explores the form and setting of office culture, the reclamation of an empowered female identity, and a remedy for the internalization of an all-too-common social conflict. (11min., 2017)

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About Marnie Ellen

Baltimore City

Marnie Ellen Hertzler is a video artist, animator, and filmmaker living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her films and animations often explore a multimedia approach to film presentation and distribution and she has utilized live performance, installation, and web design to accompany her work. In 2018 she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent film. She is in post production on her first feature film, "Crestone",  which participated in the 2018 Wroclaw US In... more

Crestone - Feature Film

Synopsis: The world has ended, and it seems the last humans alive are a group of SoundCloud rappers living together in the desert sanctuary of Crestone, Colorado. An apocalyptic narrative is imposed on the true daily lives of these musical artists. The results: A landscape on fire, and a dramatically heightened search for meaning within themselves, their relationships, and their art. Brotherhood is a necessity for survival. Music is a coping mechanism for the end of all things. On a constant hunt for food and supplies to sustain themselves, they loot abandoned houses, and seek refuge in the caves and riverbeds of the surrounding mountains. Within their idiosyncratic personas, they have developed their own unique ways to cope. The town of Crestone creates a compelling backdrop of endless sand dunes and waterfalls juxtaposed with the images of the rap artists’ tattooed bodies, and defunct iPhones. This hybrid documentary wanders along with these men as they write and perform music for nobody.

"Crestone" is my first feature film and will be completed Early 2019. It was shot with a small crew in Crestone, Colorado in the summer of 2018. It participated in The American Film Festival's US Works in Progress program in Wroclaw, Poland in October 2018.

Director/Writer - Marnie Ellen Hertzler
Cinematographer/Writer - Corey Hughes
Editor - Albert Birney
Producers - Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo

(2019, 70 min.)

Hi I Need To Be Loved

Synopsis: 'I am going to have you read from a collection of my spam emails,' The director explains as she ushers actors from Craigslist one-by-one into an audition room. The actors and the director together attempt to breathe life into lifeless, manipulative, malicious, and nonsensical email dialogue in an attempt to realize and humanize the digital and inhumane. All is revealed to the viewer; The slate, light stands, teleprompter, a boom operator, film equipment litters the audition room floor, a cow pasture, a sunset, a strip club. Is this poetry or malware?

Official Selections/Screenings:
2019 Rotterdam International Film Festival
2019 London Short Film Festival
2018 Locarno Film Festival
2018 Vancouver International Film Festival
2018 El Gouna Film Festival
2018 Valdiva Film Festival
2018 New Orleans Film Festival
2018 Denver Film Festival
2019 London Short Film Festival

Press:
Medium: Experimental Shorts Highlights NOFF - 2018
The New Orleans Advocate: 7 Must See Films at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival - 2018

(2018, 11 min.)

  • Hi I Need To Be Loved -- Short Film Trailer

    Trailer for 'Hi I Need To Be Loved' - Actors from Craigslist audition for a film by reading spam emails from a teleprompter. Three are cast: A Dancer, A Chef, and A Milkmaid. Is it poetry or malware? (2019, 11min)
  • Video Still

    Film Still of the cast and crew during the filming of the audition process.
  • Film Still

    Actor while preforming a reading of a spam email from the view of the teleprompter.
  • Film Still

    Close up of Actor while preforming a reading of a spam email.
  • Set Photography

    A photograph on set of the Director (Marnie Ellen Hertzler) and Actor during the audition process
  • Set Photography

    Photograph of the farm location.
  • Set Photography

    The teleprompter - an integral character to the audition process of the film

Growing Girl animation and performance

Utilizing unconventional animation platforms, and stock photo characters, Growing Girl explores the form and setting of office culture, the reclamation of an empowered female identity, and a remedy for the internalization of an all-too-common social conflict.

A PowerPoint presentation about snakes and all of the things I wish I would have done.

As well as being projected in a theatrical setting, Growing Girl has been performed in front of a live audience as a PowerPoint presentation would be in a business meeting or conference using a live score and dialogue.

Directed/Animated - Marnie Ellen Hertzler
Sound/Original Score - Dan Deacon
Original Poetry - Maya Martinez
Producers - Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva, Matt Porterfield
Starring - Isobel Arnberg
Additional Animation - Albert Birney

Official Selections/Screenings
2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival
2018 Indie Grits Film Festival
2018 Florida Film Festival
2018 Ann Arbor Film Festival
2017 Borscht Film Festival
2017 Maryland Film Festival
2017 New Orleans Film Festival
2017 Cucalorus Film Festival

Press:
Good Short Films: Growing Girl - 2018

(2016, 11 min.)

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

Official Selection Maryland Film Festival 2017

(2017, 2 min.)

  • Green Water

    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. 2017
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The Domestic Life of a Housecat

The curse of hindsight and the desperate pursuit of intimacy portrayed through a personal collection of voicemails, 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, 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
Official Selection, 2016 Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival

Producer - Matthew Porterfield
Sound Design - Matt Papich

(2016, 4 min.)

  • 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.

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
(2014, 3 min.)

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
(2015, 5 min.)

Deep Dark Books: My House
A reading from a book for children by children
(2014, 2 min.)

Dream Throat

Dream Throat hotel room installation: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans 2014 (Prospect 3+, New Orleans)

Synopsis: 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 as you participate 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

Dream Throat is an immersive, touring, installation. Written, shot, and edited all in one room, this film installation focuses on the visitor’s relationships within a singular, yet dynamic space. Because the setting of both the film and the installation is a hotel room, a hypothetical 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. Other installation locations: Miami, Florida (Borscht Film Festival) 2015 Tampa, Florida (Gasparilla Film Festival) 2015 Glasgow, Scotland (Glasgow Short Film Festival) 2015 Baltimore, Maryland (Maryland Film Festival) 2015 Wilmington, North Carolina (Cucalorus Film Festival) 2015 (2014)

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