The Backward Astronomer

If you found a door to the moon,
would you keep it to yourself?


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The Backward Astronomer is an animated short by Jake Nelson


Looking backward.

A privileged, young man falls in love with a wealthy woman and together they lead reckless lives of opulence in New York City. That is, until he finds something better...




Animation Block Party
Brooklyn, NY
july 29th, 2018 @9PM


FLICKERS rhode island international film festival
providence, rI
august 12th, 2018 @12pm

palm springs international animation festival
palm springs, ca
August 23rd, 2018 @8pm


More to be announced.


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Directed & Animated by
Jake Nelson

Written by
Jade Shames

Voice by
Todd Field

Soundtrack by
Jesse PerlsteinJade Shames

DI/Finishing by
Harbor Picture Company

Post Producers
Sheila Lobo & Kevin Vale

Color by
Roman Hankewycz & Frederick Agyemang

Voice-over recording by
James Curwood

Audio finishing by
Sound Lounge

Audio Post Producer
Rob Browning

Audio mixing by
Steve "Major" Giammaria

Additional vocals by
Lee Cahill

Special thanks to
Angelica Allen
Kat Thek
Cem Kurtulus
Darcey Steinke
Mary Crosse