Letter to My Body
Nominated for Best Social Impact Doc
Director: Elyse Kelly
2' • United States • 2020
An intimate conversation between one's true self and the body they've been given. Based on the poem by writer Joy Ladin, who has become a nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues since coming out in 2008.
Writer: Joy Ladin
Producer: Elyse Kelly
Art director: Ala Nunu Leszyńska
Animator: Ala Nunu Leszyńska
Music: Brooke Blair, Will Blair
Sound design & mix: Chris Mastellone
Elyse Kelly is an award-winning animation director based in Washington DC. Most recently, she was animation director on Starz Network’s Seduced–a documentary series that exposes one of the most destructive cults of our time. Her animated series for the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice spotlighted three individuals whose experiences show the toll that an abusive and unjust criminal system takes on individuals, families, and communities. The series was nominated for the 2018 Tribeca X Award. Elyse has over a decade of experience in animation and film, working for clients such as the ACLU, The Atlantic, Sesame Workshop, Columbia Records, ESPN Films, Upworthy and Disney Research. Her films have won awards and been exhibited in festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, Annecy, Zagreb, and OIAF.