The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house's point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise. The film is in the permanent collection of the MoMA's education department.

Oscar-nominated documentarians Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (Trouble the Water) describe it as a “totally mesmerizing, thoughtful and immersive piece.”

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Screenings & Awards

  • First Place Winner  - Greenpeace Poscards from Climate Change

  • Golden Glovie - Top Score for Animation, Glovebox Short Film and Animation Festival

  • Jury's Citation, 2nd Prize, Black Maria Film Festival, Touring Program

  • Special Jury Award, Alexandria Film Festival

  • Official Selection:

  • Chesapeake Film Festival, Easton, MD (Premiere)

  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

  • Environmental Film Festival at Yale

  • RVA Richmond, Virginia Environmental FIlm Festival

  • Colorado Enviromental Film Festival, Touring Program

  • Indie Grits, Columbia, SC

  • Cinanima, Portugal

  • WAMM Fest, Women and Minorities in Media

  • Chinemonos, Santiago, Chile

  • SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, Providence, RI

  • Blue Sky Animation Festival

  • Tricky Women Animation Festival: Feelings, Ballads & Poetry

  • Shastaland Children's Film Festival

  • Experia, Sedicicorto, Italy

  • Feel Free to Feel Green, Athens Airport, Athens, Greece, Video Art Festival

  • International Non-Commercial Animation Festival BEAR, Dresden, Germany

  • George Washington University, GWMEMSI, Transition, Scale, Catastrophe Symposium, Invited Screening & talk

  • Philadelphia Independents at the Plastic Club, Invited Screening

  • Cornell Cinema Screening

  • Cornell University, Animating Anthropology, Symposium in honor of Professor Robert Ascher, Screening & talk