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Assistant Professor • Interim Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studio Arts

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Geoff Marslett (1973, Texas) is an award-winning American film animator, writer, director, producer and actor. His work has screened at over one hundred different film and animation festivals including Sundance, BFI London, SXSW, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), SItges Fantastic Fest, Seattle International Film Festival, Leeds Film Festival, Perth Revelation, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Bucheon Animation, Nashville International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, BendFilm, and Palm Springs Short Film Festival, as well as winning awards at SXSW, IndieMemphis, San Francisco Independent Film Festival, CinemaTexas, Cyrpus International Film Festival, Dallas Video Fest, MicroCine Baltimore, The Austin Film Society, The Madrid Film Festival, Anchorage Film Festival, BendFilm, Nevada City Film Festival, Monmouth Film Festival, Black Maria, Arizona Underground and Chicago’s Just For Laughs. His work has receiving positive reviews from The New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Village Voice, The Dallas Morning News, Time Out London, Filmmaker Magazine, Austin Chronicle and many more publications. His work has been distributed through Netflix, Sony Crackle, HBO, PBS, The Sundance Channel, Amazon Prime and Fandor.

His most recent short film, The Phantom 52, stars Tom Skerritt and premiered in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. In the fall of 2019 Geoff completed principal photography on a new feature The Boardinghouse Reach. The film is an animation and live action hybrid starring Lily Gladstone, Kiowa Gordon, David Arquette, Neko Case, Gary Farmer, Alex Cox and John Doe.

Highlights from his filmography include:

  • Monkey vs. Robot (2000) the punk rock animated short Monkey vs. Robot distributed internationally by "Spike and Mike's Classic Festival of Animation", HBO and PBS

  • Bubblecraft (2006) a rotoscoped music video that he developed the software to animate.

  • MARS (2010) feature film starring Mark Duplass and winner of multiple international awards before being distributed on Sundance TV, SONY Crackle and Netflix.

  • Loves Her Gun (2013) feature film starring Trieste Kelly Dunn and Francisco Barreiro; 4-star critics pick in The New York Times and winner of the Lewis Black award at SXSW.

  • Yakona (producer/actor 2014) experimental feature documentary and winner of numerous international awards.

  • The Phantom 52 (2019) animated short starring Tom Skerritt; premiered at Sundance and played over 60 festivals and won 6 awards.

  • The Boardinghouse Reach (work in progress) feature animation/live action hybrid film

He also appears onscreen in Josephine Decker's Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Alex Cox' Tombstone Rashomon, Keith Maitland’s Dear Mr. Brody, and guest starred as Ted Kaczynski on national cable television. 

As a professor, his work focuses on helping students successfully realize the vision they desire to create rather than emulating his own style. This necessitates listening to and exploring ideas with students, as well as staying current on a multitude of techniques. He has taught animation, directing, writing, editing, cinematography, documentary, acting and DIY producing at The University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, The University of Lisbon and The University of Colorado at Boulder.


He grew up a cowboy with an interest in physics, and worked in both construction and at the naval research lab before becoming a filmmaker. He has a cat named FatFace, and still loves making things.



Denver International Film Festival - 2019

Professor Geoff Marslett had his film The Phantom 52 shown as part of the Denver International Film Festival animated shorts program in November 2019 at the Lyric in Fort Collins. 

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