Moose is a forthcoming animated, anti-gun fable, starring Samuel L. Jackson, written and directed by Jonah D. Ansell. Co-produced by Erin Breen. Scored by Chris Thomas.
CADAVER is a bittersweet, animated love story written and directed by Jonah D. Ansell. The film stars Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd, Academy Award winner Kathy Bates and fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson. The film tells the story of a Cadaver who wakes up to say a last goodbye to his wife, but discovers a truth in death he didn’t know in life. The entire film was hand drawn with permanent markers and animated using Adobe After Effects. MTV has hailed the film, featuring the music of Neil Young and Pet Shop Boys, as “darkly beautiful.” Cadaver has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Vogue, Elle, Onion A.V. Club, and more. The film played the film festival circuit in 2012-2013, was longlisted for a 2013 Academy Award, and published as an adult picture book (Academy Chicago Publishers). More information can be found at cadaverthefilm.com.
Cadaver is a graphic novel written by Jonah D. Ansell, illustrated by Carina Simmons, Eric Vennemeyer & Abe Dieckman. It was published by Academy Chicago Publishers in April 13 and quickly became a top 1,200 book on Amazon upon launch. The book trailer premiered in New York Magazine. Music from the book premiered in USA Today (Neil Young and the Pet Shop Boys performed by Tavi Gevinson). The book itself was unveiled at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. After Party was held at Debonair Social Club.
Redondo Blue is an animated TV show concept that satirizes our society’s “going out/club culture.” Created by Jonah D. Ansell, music by XY Unlimited.
FIRST BASS is a bittersweet comedy written and produced by Jonah D. Ansell, directed by Phil Hodges and executive produced by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. The film stars Mark Borchardt, star of Sundance Grand Jury winner American Movie, Greg Hollimon of Strangers With Candy, and Tavi Gevinson, editor-in-chief of the fashion/teen blog Rookie. Shot on-site at Chicago’s Wrigley Field and sponsored by Wendy’s, FIRST BASS tells the story of a 12-year-old music prodigy who tricks her mom into thinking she is practicing her instrument and instead sneaks out to Wrigley Field with the boy from across the street. But when she arrives at Wrigley, she discovers a truth about her divorced parents that changes her relationship with her mother and her instrument, forever.
P.B. & Jay is an animated children’s TV show created by Jonah D. Ansell, music by Blake West. It features two orphans, P.B. (a peanut) and Jay (a strawberry), who live in and go on adventures in a grocery store.
JUMP WITH US is a stop-motion Save The Date video written and produced by Jonah D. Ansell. It was featured on USA Today, Glamour, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, ABC, NBC, FOX and WGN. It features the original song “Take Me With You” by LA-based Palter Ego.
NOAH’S ARK – THE MUSICAL is a 1-min PSA commissioned by the CDC, written and produced by Jonah D. Ansell, directed by Elle Schneider. Shot in Ojai, CA, the humorous spot uses music, cows and a pied piper-protagonist bursting into song about an unlikely topic to lead a parade of 30+ people indoors. The spot strategically leverages shock, surprise and utter ridiculousness to drive awareness and conversation about an important, but not-so-salient issue.
MOM… is a national 2-min PSA commissioned by FEMA, written and directed by Jonah D. Ansell. Shot in Ojai, CA, the spot stars eight-year-old actress Bella Niems.
LUCKY 13 is a music video produced by Jonah D. Ansell, performed by Nickelodeon star and singer/songwriter Ali Brustofski, lyrics by Danny James. The bubblepop, stop-motion story is a coming-of-age anthem for girls turning thirteen.
BAD AT STUFF is a webseries produced by Jonah D. Ansell, written by and starring comedian Aparna Nancherla (F/X’s Totally Biased, Conan, Last Comic Standing). Directed by Amanda Ely, this series follows Aparna as she struggles to succeed at mundane, everyday tasks.
Paradigm Shift is a 1-min commercial created for FEMA for a public health campaign unveiled in California in 2013. Directed by Jonah D. Ansell and starring Chad Evans, and San Diego Charger Linden King. Campaign featured on NPR and Huffington Post.
FROM DA ‘HOOD TO THE HEDGE is a reality TV show concept created and produced by Jonah D. Ansell, directed by Joshua Stickler and edited by Andy Giles.
QUITTERS is a reality TV show concept created by Cincinnati Bengals running back Chris Perry, scripted and produced by Jonah D. Ansell, directed by Jason Wong.
THE FISH FRY is a 22-minute web TV pilot written and directed by Jonah D. Ansell, nominated for a Chicago Innovation Award by the Chicago Sun-Times.
RIVALFISH is a daily humor magazine founded in 2004 that snarkily lambasted all things sports, music and pop culture. Created by Jonah D. Ansell, Mike Raspatello and Scott Merz, the site reached 150,000 readers each month and was sold to National Lampoon in 2008. Content from the site was regularly featured across the web at Yahoo! Sports, ESPN.com, Deadspin, FHM, Sports Illustrated and more.