American Refugees

Super Dads

By Sihanouk Mariona
Written By Heather Cimmy Ayres

Using a kaleidoscope of real stories to create an overarching storyline, fathers and children share their worries, feelings, challenges and how they overcame being homeless using stop motion animated clay characters.

Sihanouk Mariona is an Emmy award-winning stop-motion animator whose work includes animation for Robot Chicken seasons one through five, Robot Chicken Star Wars III, and MTVs Celebrity Death Match. Mariona taught stop-motion animation to disadvantaged youth in California before relocating to Seattle, where he co-founded the animation studio Wonderful Lizard.

Heather Cimmy Ayres is a Seattle-based writer and director whose credits include Betty (2010), a 35mm short film that premiered at SIFF and Palm Springs International ShortFest; 2006 SIFF Fly Screenwriter; and 2004 SIFF Fly (Documentary) Filmmaker. She has supported film and media nonprofits in numerous roles, including serving on the board of 911 Media Arts Center and writing grants for Northwest Film Forum. Her documentary training began with the KCTS-sponsored New Voices Documentary Program, mentoring alongside some of┬áthe┬áregion’s leading storytellers.


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