Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with backlit paper cutouts, ink, paint, sand and objects. She is the recipient of three 4Culture grants, two City of Seattle grants and others in support of her films, including The Whale Story (Mountainfilm 2014), which was animated on a 16-foot high wall in a public park. One Night in Florida is a one-minute look at the George Zimmerman acquittal, and Mario is a paint-on-glass film based on an Italian folk song. Her films have screened at galleries and festivals worldwide. Martin is a member of Seattle Experimental Animation Team, a collective of independent animators.