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The Whale Story

February 18, 2016

A fisherman experiences a moment of connection with a female humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco. Is this an example of inter-species communication or a mysterious fluke? This true story is retold in paint on a 16 foot high wall with the help of the passing public in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park. Directed by Tess Martin.

About the Filmmaker

Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with back-lit paper cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. She is the recipient of three 4Culture grants, two City of Seattle grants and numerous others in support of her films, including The Whale Story, animated on a 16-foot-high wall in a public park.

Her most recent films are One Night in Florida, a one minute look at the George Zimmerman acquittal and They Look Right Through You, a nine minute marker-on-glass animation about human-pet relationships. Her films have displayed at galleries as well as festivals worldwide. She is a member of SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team, a collective of independent animators and has curated two programs of SEAT films: Inter-Action, which screened in Seattle, Portland, New York City and toured Europe in October 2011, and Strange Creatures, which is currently touring. Tess is currently based in The Netherlands.