Animated clay paintings tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. In an Old-Time Music ballad, the house sings of its life and the creatures it has sheltered during its journey from tree, to timber, to home, to its ultimate return to nature. It contemplates time, environmental change, and the rise of the seas.
About the Director, Writer, Producer, and Animator
Lynn Tomlinson is an independent animator and interdisciplinary artist. Her clay-on-glass animated shorts have been official selections in festivals internationally and have aired on children’s public television, MTV, and Sesame Street. She has taught animation at Cornell University, MICA, and the University of the Arts, and currently teaches at Towson University in Maryland. Her current work addresses environmental change by shifting the point-of-view away from human beings onto animals and inanimate objects: in this case, Tomlinson’s images and song lyrics express the point of view of a lost and sinking house who still longs to be a shelter in the face of sea-level rise. She wrote the lyrics to the ballad and began the animation for this film while on an artist residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, across the bay from the remains of Holland Island.