Anne Beal is an American filmmaker working in handmade animation and sound. Her film, 'Balance and Swing,' comprised of 2,500 watercolor paintings, premiered at the Annecy International Animation Festival (France) in 2013. Since then, Anne’s films have screened at notable festivals such as the London International Animation Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. Her animated music videos have been featured in Paste Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR. In addition to fiddling for contra dances, Anne uses her violin to get into parties at film festivals, add color to soundscapes, and play for friends' films: sometimes along with projections in real life. She taught animation in the Film/Video/New Media/Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She lives in New York City.