Collaborative Fellow 2015-2016
Jon Appel is a filmmaker originally from Pleasantville, NY. He studied fine art and hand-drawn animation in college and went on to work under acclaimed animator Paul Fierlinger and documentary filmmaker Vicky Funari in Philadelphia. He currently resides in New York City and works as a teaching artist, teaching film and stop-motion animation in NYC public schools. Jon aspires to create visually compelling films that subvert oppressive social trends while instilling feelings of connectedness and kinship in human viewers. He is currently finishing his debut feature film Melmilap, which explores, deepens, and problematizes these themes in the context of post-war Nepal. In his spare time he likes music and hiking. He currently plays in the band Real Life Buildings.