“Clara” is a hybrid animated tribute to legendary BBC radio DJ John Peel’s touching on-air reading of a letter from a teenage listener in 1981.

Directed and Animated by Dave Merson Hess
Produced by Jimmy Fusil
Audio via John Peel Archive
Music by Matsu Mixu
Blue diver via Texas Archive
Rotoscoping by Dave Merson Hess & Christina Wagner (
Production company: Night Heron


TIFF x Instagram Shorts Festival / Toronto, Canada 2016
Locomoción Festival of Experimental Animation / Mexico 2016
Brand New Blinkers: COLLISION / London, UK 2016
BIDEODROMO / Bilbao, Spain 2016
Extremely Shorts Film Festival / Houston, TX, USA 2017
Carol, Where Are You? / Houston, TX, USA 2016
Art All Night – Trenton / Trenton, NJ, USA 2016


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