An Artist Who Actually Likes Voicemails

Voicemails have never been this fun

Dustin Grella is an award-winning, New York-based artist and animator, whose work has shown in many galleries and films festivals around the world. Dustin’s style of animation is unique in that it feels less like a cartoon and more like art come to life. This year, the Tallahassee Film Festival is proud to present his beautiful short film, Prayers for Peace, about the tragic death of his younger brother in 2004 in Iraq.

Dustin is currently working on another larger project, of a slightly different theme. “Animation Hotline,” as he calls it, is a number anyone can call in to and leave a voice message for the artist. Dustin then selects from these voice messages and creates a new 10-30 second animation based on the message and using the voice recording. The ones he’s done so far are at turns hilarious and sad.

According to Dustin, messages can be, “Just a few sentences, an idea, a word that you think sounds cool, a line from a book that you like, something you heard in the hall that afternoon, a secret that you don’t want anyone to know, or maybe you do, something that bothers you, something that… you get the idea, right? Basically, anything.”

So, we at the Tallahassee Film Festival have partnered with Grella to present an awesome opportunity to our audience and Tallahassee residents! Call the Animation Hotline today, and leave a message that includes the word TALLAHASSEE in it.

Dustin has graciously agreed to select one voice message which includes the word TALLAHASSEE somewhere in it, which we will then premiere on Opening Night, April 7, 2011, before our feature presentation. The person selected will also receive two tickets to the Opening Night Film and after party, and a DVD copy of their animated voice message, signed by the artist! Put the animation hotline in your speed dial and start talkin’ about Tallahassee!

IMPORTANT! Please provide your name and phone number at the beginning or end of the voice message so we can get the DVD to you.

The first animations from the hotline are available at

The animation hotline number is: +1 212-683-2490
International? Skype him at animationhotline

Call soon! Contest ends April 1, 2011 at 11:59PM


One response to “An Artist Who Actually Likes Voicemails

  1. Pingback: The Work of Eran Hilleli | Cinematic Public Enemy

Tell me what you think...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s