Hula Hoop (2012)

A girl with a hula hoop becomes a goldfish becomes the Earth itself. The ordinary and the extraordinary loop and transform in this playful take on the circle of life told in grains of sand.

Hula Hoop is a 1 minute short made with sand, originally conceived as part of a collective film made with six other Seattle animators in the exquisite corpse style, and called Exquisite Corpse. The seven of us pulled strips of paper our of a hat with a beginning and ending image. These images were predetermined to match up, so that the seven shorts could be forever looped. My two images were ‘Girl with a Hula Hoop’ and ‘Plate of Pasta’. This film was made for and premiered at a special event on March 1st, 2012 called Re-Animated. You can see my film above as well as a documentation video of the making of below.


  • Redcat International Children’s Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, April 27, May 4 and May 11, 2014
  • Doris Duke Theater, Honolulu Museum of Art, Children’s Film Festival Talk to the Animals program, April 20, 2014
  • TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, April 8-20, 2014
  • PLAY – Lisbon’s International Kids Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, Feb 1-9, 2014
  • Children’s Film Festival, Seattle, WA, Jan 23-Feb 2, 2014
  • Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, Nov 13-16, 2013
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre ‘the box’, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, Sept 9-Oct 31, 2013
  • Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Perth, Australia, July 4-14, 2013
  • Toronto Animated Image Society, Toronto, Canada, May 11, 2013
  • Short Run presents: Ishi’s Brain, Seattle, WA, April 25, 2013
  • St. Louis International Film Festival, November 8-18, 2012
  • Se-ma-for Film Festival, Lodz, Poland, October 10-13, 2012
  • Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle, WA, October 2, 2012
  • 3 Minute Masterpiece Seattle Times program at the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA, May 19, 2012
Apr 082014

CFFS_WebsiteHeaderThe Children’s Film Festival Seattle is making sure its films get seen by people the world over! In addition to touring the Best of Fest programs (The Whale Story is included in the Animation program and has so far screened at seven locations outside Seattle) the festival also promotes other programs it curated.

For example, my sand animation Hula Hoop was included in the Talk to the Animals program during the festival, and this is screening at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The screening is on April 20th at 11:10AM.

My snow film Snowball will also screen there as part of the program Take Wing on August 17th.

A Walk in the Woods and The Whale Story also screen at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art as part of the Seattle Children’s Film Festival program Earthwise on July 20th.

These two films also screen at the Baltimore Green Works in Baltimore, MD on April 23rd as part of Baltimore Green Week.

Next time you’re at the NW Film Forum, congratulate Liz Shepherd on all her hard work!

Hula Hoop

Hula Hoop



A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods





The Whale Story

The Whale Story

Mar 162014
Films at the REDCAT International Children's Film Festival

A number of my shorts that were included in the Seattle Children’s Film Festival will now also be screening at the REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival in Los Angeles, thanks to the partnership between these two festivals. The Whale Story will be in the Paint Me A Story program on April 26, May 3 and [...]

Dec 092013
4 shorts in the Children's Film Festival, Seattle

I’m happy to announce that if you’re in Seattle you’ll be able to catch four of my animated shorts at the Children’s Film Festival Jan 23-Feb 2, 2014. The Whale Story will be screening in the ‘Paint Me A Story‘ program on Jan 25, 31 and Feb 1 (alongside Seattle’s own Stefan Gruber‘s excellent Edible [...]

May 212013
New festivals - Slovakia and Perth!

I’m happy to say that my nine minute short They Look Right Through You has been accepted into the Animated Documentary category at Fest Anca International Animation Festival in Slovakia, June 27-30, 2013. This will be the International Premiere (the World Premiere is at SIFF right now) I will also have two films in the [...]

Apr 292013
CityArts review of last week's show!

Lillian Nickerson of CityArts Magazine reviews the show last Thursday to which I contributed three animated shorts. Read the whole thing to see how Eamon Epsey and Lisa Krause’s puppet show went down (I loved it!), but check out this neat paragraph: “Up next was a series of animated short films from Seattle animator Tess Martin: [...]

Apr 192013
Still Life - World Premiere at Hugo House April 25th!

I’m happy to announce that my latest short short Still Life will be premiering on Thursday, April 25th at 7PM at the Richard Hugo House. Come see it on the big screen alongside two other shorts, The Whale Story and Hula Hoop as well as other mind-blowing puppetry/comics performances from artists Erin Tanner, Tim Miller [...]