Kirsten Lepore

Kirsten Lepore is an LA-based director and animator, and alumna of CalArts. Her viral hit “Hi Stranger” garnered upwards of 200 million views online, and her stop-motion episode of Adventure Time won a 2016 Emmy & Annie award. She recently animation directed the Marcel the Shell with Shoes on movie, which premiered at Telluride, and was released theatrically by A24 in June 2022. Her other films have taken top prizes at SXSW, Slamdance, and many other international festivals. She has worked with clients such as Google, MTV, Mini Cooper, Silk, Skippy, Nestle, and many more. Kirsten has given talks everywhere from Pixar to Portugal and has also been featured in Juxtapoz, Shots, and was named one of the 50 most creative people by Creativity Magazine. She is currently writing and directing the "I am Groot" series for Marvel Studios.

Participant Schedule

Saturday 10/15


Marvel Studios' Journey Into Animation

Saturday 10/15 10:40AM - 11:40AM Room 104-105

Bryan Andrews, Kirsten Lepore, Alex Scharf

In 2021, Marvel Studios released its first-ever animated series, “What If…?” followed by its first collection of animated shorts, “I Am Groot.” Hear from the directors who helped Marvel Studios venture into the world of animation by joining Bryan Andrews (“What If…?”) and Kirsten Lepore (“I Am Groot”) for a conversation on their filmmaking journey.