I (heart) Jack Lalanne: A Cartoon Memoir, animated documentary, RT 14:20, c. January 2022
Producers: LeAnn Erickson, Jake Rasmussen
Writer/Director/Animator/Editor: LeAnn Erickson
In this animated short documentary, the filmmaker, a lesbian, feminist baby boomer, investigates life’s touchstones via her 50+ year fascination with exercise guru Jack LaLanne.
Using a playful visual aesthetic, I (heart) Jack LaLanne: A Cartoon Memoir takes the viewer on a journey back and forth through time as it employs a variety of animation techniques and a humorous tone to tackle serious issues, including the impact of role models on children, coming out as gay in a less tolerant era, and dealing with a late-in-life disability.
Oracle, experimental animation. RT 1:10, c. May 2022
Producers/Directors: LeAnn Erickson and Jake Rasmussen
Tagline: I see you
Logline: The Priestess has read the signs and predicts that chaos will reign.
My Bike, c. February 2003, 1:08, computer animation
Producer/Animator/Editor: LeAnn Erickson
Description: It’s a beautiful day in the city. Jake has his helmet and his bike. Let’s see where the road takes him…
Description: It started out as such a nice day – then the red ball got loose. The adventures that ensued incorporate a jump rope, a video camera, and Jake’s stuffy nose. Will he ever catch that ball?
Description: The life span of an average worker bee is two weeks. This documentary tells one bee’s life story in 36 seconds.
Description: BunBun, the rabbit and Skippy, the dog can’t agree on where to go while on vacation in New York City. Just when they arrive at a plan a pesky human interferes. Will they ever get to MoMA?
interference, c. 2005, 3:48, computer animation,
Producer/Director/Animator/Editor/Sound Design: LeAnn Erickson
Description: The ghost in the machine is talking again- this time to itself. ‘interference’ utilizes classic animation and computer rotoscoping techniques to create a conversation between image, sound and space.