The Bookmobile

The Bookmobile

The Bookmobile is a beautiful short animated film directed by Julie Zammarchi and animated by Connie Leung, Rebecca Raede, Thomas Crew & Julie Zammarchi for StoryCorps. It is based on the real life story of Storm Reyes who you can listen narrating her childhood memories.

It was the 1960s and eight years old Storm Reyes was already working full time with other migrant farm workers in the fields outside Tacoma, Washington. One day, a bookmobile arrived and brought her new worlds—and hope.

StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. In 2007, StoryCorps was awarded a rare institutional award at the 66th Annual Peabody Awards. It won another Peabody Award in 2011 for StoryCorps’ 9/11 Initiative.

Julie Zammarchi has been creating animation for most of her adult life. Her award winning independent films have been screened competitively in many festivals worldwide and have been presented in curated shows such as the Black Maria Film Festival, The Collective for Living Cinema in New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. She has directed and animated films for television, both commercials and shows. Client list includes HBO, Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, among others. In addition, Zammarchi has teamed with producers to create animation for live action documentaries and museum environments. She has taught animation at the university level with appointments at RISD, Harvard University, Emerson College, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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