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My Dear Mr. Whitman

Director: Jeremiah Dickey

Synopsis: This animated excerpt from documentary series “Queer for Fear” illustrates an 1872 letter of adoration sent to American poet Walt Whitman by a young British writer named Bram Stoker, years before he would find fame as the author of the novel “Dracula.” The letter has since become the focus of much historical conjecture.

Bio: Jeremiah Dickey has been creating fine animation for over 20 years, working both independently and in cahoots with numerous studios in NYC and abroad. His work has screened at dozens of festivals around the world, including Annecy, SXSW, Chicago Children’s Film Festival and others. Jeremiah was a founding Animation Director at TED-Ed from 2012-2021, making in that time over 40 short films on subjects from ancient mythology to cutting-edge science, and much in between. Past work includes frequent collaboration with filmmaker Emily Hubley on animation for a wide variety of award-winning documentaries and independent films.

Program: On The Edge – VAEFF 2023

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