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Plum Media Art Director to be Featured at Milwaukee Short Film Festival

Laura McElree

Written by Laura McElree


Plum Media Art Director and Animator Aaron Johnson’s short form animated documentary Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge will make its Milwaukee premiere during the Milwaukee Short Film Festival Friday, September 7th at 6:45pm. It will be featured alongside nine other short films during the opening night screening.

Advanced tickets to the screening are available for purchase at

Hoan Alone explores Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, as a frequent site for suicides. This animated documentary shares the stories of Dave, John, and Mary as it explores the issues of the bridge and suicide through the three intimate interviews.

“My goal, in creating this piece,” said Johnson, “is to help raise awareness and help de-stigmatize mental health, depression, and suicide through messages of hope and positive observations.”

In addition to the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, Hoan Alone has also been selected for screening at the following film festivals:

The film has also received Award of Merit Special Mention: Documentary Short at the Impact DOCS Awards international film awards competition.

About Aaron Johnson:

After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 1998, Aaron has gone on to a 20-year career in animation. Outside of his daytime professional work, Aaron has remained active in his independent filmmaking pursuits. Johnson has been recognized nationally for his independent animation including awards for animated television commercials.

You can also learn more about Aaron's work at Plum Media by visiting his staff page.

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