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Introducing Emily Ann Hoffman: Fall 2016 Emerging Artist Fellow

By Fall 2016 Emerging Artist Fellow Emily Ann Hoffman 09.30.16

First off, I’d like to express how excited I am to be spending the next four months at the Jacob Burns Film Center as a Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellow. As a Westchester native, this institute has always been dear to me as a theater that shows unique, diverse and artistic films. I’m looking forward to watching an infinite number of movies while I’m here to fuel my own filmmaking. I’m also very excited to adopt the title of “filmmaker” throughout this fellowship.

I didn’t necessarily think I’d end up on this path, but it’s been a very pleasant surprise. For as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a visual artist. (If you’re looking for proof, you can check out the “what do you want to be when you grow up?” questionnaire I filled out in kindergarten.) I took to arts and crafts very quickly and have yet to give it up. I arts-and-crafted my way into the Rhode Island School of Design where I majored in illustration. I had a lot of great experiences in the illustration department, but my crystal ball was always foggy when I tried to picture myself as an illustrator. It was in an introductory animation course my junior year that the fog cleared. I found stop-motion animation fulfilled all my artistic desires. I could paint, draw, sculpt, fabricate and story-tell, all on one project. I soon realized filmmaking is just an excuse to continue playing make-believe throughout my adult life. (FYI, I was a master at make-believe as a kid. I was caught talking to my “imaginary” peers all the time. But don’t worry you guys, I have some human friends now too). This is especially true with stop-motion: I not only get to make new, imaginary, friends to play with, but I also get to create their entire universe.

Since being thrust out of the education sphere a year ago, I’ve had the pleasure of putting my arts-and-crafting to good use on other people’s projects and participating in their imaginary worlds through freelance work. I’ve also been lucky enough to take a short film I made with a friend to a number of different festivals, from LA to Vienna. Attending these festivals and meeting so many inspiring, wonderful people has left me itching to get started on a new project. I can’t wait to spend the next four months using all the resources JBFC has to offer to work on a new stop-motion animated short film. If you come visit me at the Burns, I’ll introduce you to my puppet pals and possibly force a paintbrush into your hand so you can help me fabricate my sets.

If you’d like to stay up-to-date with my progress, follow me on instagram @emilyannimation, Or you can check out my website:

We at the JBFC are proud and thrilled to welcome Emily Ann Hoffman to our community as the Fall 2016 Emerging Artist Fellow.  Make sure to view and vote for her Sundance Ignite Fellowship submission, Ok, Call Me Back, here.  Can't get enough of her work?  Check out her reel here!


The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation, a nonprofit community endowment for the benefit of Westchester County.