Lisa works as an Animation Director at TED-Ed, the educational initiative of TED Conferences. She began her animation career in 2003, working with the Oscar-nominated director and animator, Bill Plympton, and has since been crafting hand-drawn and stop motion animation for independent films, documentaries, television, and beyond, working both independently and with various studios and artists in NYC. The short film she produced in 2009, “Backwards”, was awarded “Best First Film” at Zagreb Animafest & “Best in Show” at the ASIFA-East Festival, among others. As an educator, Lisa has taught animation workshops in several countries to populations in homeless shelters, refugee camps, as well as in traditional classroom settings. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
Felix Massie is an animator, director, short film maker and children's book writer. He graduated in 2007, ended up working at Arthur Cox and Aardman then moved to London to join Nexus Studios in 2012. However, it was 2008 that was most pivotal to Felix Massie's life. That was the year he had his heart broken by Andy Saul London. After a whirlwind romance when they met by chance at Annecy animation festival in France, he travelled to New York City to be with the only man he had ever and will ever love. After being rebuffed several times ("I'm practically married", "I have a child", "I'm just not that into you", "I'm calling the cops", "Put down the gun, we can talk about this", "The cops are on their way") he eventually coerced Andy London into voicing his third short film, In The Air Is Christopher Gray - a film that he listens to while lying in bed alone, every night, to this very day. While his heart remains very, very, much still broken (shattered into a thousands tiny pieces), Felix Massie still agreed to be on the jury for DUM-D festival on the off chance that it will change Andy's mind.
Erica Perez is an Emmy Award winning 2D animator, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After attending Pratt Institute, she has worked on a variety of shows in children's programming to adult TV animation, documentaries, and web series. Among those works are Storycorps, Ugly Americans (Comedy Central), Mr. Sheep and Sleepy Bear (Nick Jr. Online), Gridiron Heights (Bleacher Report), My Cartoon President (Showtime), and Broad City (Comedy Central). With a passion for storytelling and character building, in her free time she enjoys making/reading comics and playing Dungeons & Dragons.