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Hi I Need To Be Loved

In the short film, Hi I Need To Be Loved, I invite ten craigslist actors to an audition where I ask them to read my spam emails off of a teleprompter. Three of the actors are cast to act out a spam email as a character in a narrative scene in "real world" situations where humans would often seek or create comfort. The new-formed characters breathe life into lifeless, manipulative, malicious, and nonsensical email dialogue in an attempt to realize and humanize the digital and inhumane. 2018

Animation Still from Growing Girl

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. 2017

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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About Marnie Ellen

Marnie Ellen Hertzler (b.1988) is a video artist, animator, and filmmaker living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Her animations and films have screened nationally and internationally in festivals, and as traveling video installations and performances.  She currently produces video that act as cinematic platforms for exploration of interpersonal relationships, human connectivity, and interpretive storytelling.

Hi I Need To Be Loved

In the short film, Hi I Need To Be Loved, I invite ten craigslist actors to an audition where I ask them to read my spam emails off of a teleprompter. Three of the actors are cast to act out a spam email as a character in narrative, "real world" situations where humans would often seek or create comfort. The new-formed characters breathe life into lifeless, manipulative, malicious, and nonsensical email dialogue in an attempt to realize and humanize the digital and inhumane.

The film will be completed early 2018.

  • Hi I Need To Be Loved

    In the short film, Hi I Need To Be Loved, I invite ten craigslist actors to an audition where I ask them to read my spam emails off of a teleprompter. Three of the actors are cast to act out a spam email as a character in a narrative scene in "real world" situations where humans would often seek or create comfort. The new-formed characters breathe life into lifeless, manipulative, malicious, and nonsensical email dialogue in an attempt to realize and humanize the digital and inhumane. 2018

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

2017 Official Selection Borscht Film Festival
2017 Official Selection Maryland Film Festival
2017 Official Selection New Orleans Film Festival
2017 Official Selection Cucalorus Film Festival

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

2017

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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