Mary Kocol

Short Animated Films

My Father's Story, © 1998, Mary Kocol
11 minutes, photo-animated film.

The story of what happened to the non-Jewish Poles during World War II is seldom heard. My Father's Story is just one voice - out of two & a half million people who were taken from their homes and placed into forced labor by the Nazis. This is the story of Romuald Kocol's struggle, liberation by the Americans, and emigration to the United States.

Special Jury Prize: Hiroshima 2000 International Animation Festival

"There's something truely original about My Father's Story.... Many American families have similar artifacts, sacred remnants from a distant land or life....yet for most families, these objects lie mute, Mary Kocol makes hers speak."
-Ken Shulman, Film Critic, WBUR "Morning Edition"

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Digital animation, still photography
by KocoMotion
Could Be Worse! A feature film
by Zack Stratis that premiered at Sundance 2000.


I Was My Sister's Maid of Honor
© 1996, Mary Kocol, 8 minutes, photo-animation.

A humorous account of the filmmaker's first attempt at being a Maid of Honor for her sister's wedding. Screened on the Sundance Channel. Winner of Best Animation at the 1997 New England Film & Video Festival. Also screened at the 1996 Ottawa International Animation Festival and the 1998 Holland Animaton Film Festival.


Is This Me?
© 1994, Mary Kocol, 5 minutes, photo-animated film.
Memories are evoked and experiences relived as a family looks through the family photo album. Winner of Best Animated Film 1995 Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Experimental Film 1995 New England Film & Video Festival. Screened on the Sundance Channel.

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Mary Kocol was on the
2012 Hiroshima International Animation Festival Selection Committee
Hiroshima, Japan.

All photographs are copyright Mary Kocol. All rights reserved.