Happy Valentine’s Day!

Every once in a while, you hear a genuine, heartwarming story of a chance meeting that leads to something meaningful and true. Case in point, the back story behind the making of the popular viral music video “I Have Your Heart” sounds like something out of a romantic comedy. But this particular tale of art-making lovers is far more intriguing than any rom-com diversion at your local multiplex.

In fact, it’s not too much of a stretch to say that the tale of the creators is just as fascinating as the hand-crafted artistry in this roughly four-and-a-half minute stop-motion animated film that was created by artists on separate continents.

Enter, New York-based singer-songwriter Kim Boekbinder and Australia-based animator Jim Batt who were brought together through their mutual friend, artist Molly Crabtree. What started out as a marvelous collaboration where Batt painstakingly animated Boekbinder’s song, frame by frame, gradually blossomed into a long-distance romance.

Curious to find out how their love story turned out?

No worries. Click the link and read my friend Michael Cavna’s story on his always surprising “Comic Riffs” blog at The Washington Post to see the details of how a short-film project became an unlikely Cupid for these two offbeat artists who were brought together through the alchemy of art and music. Enjoy!

- Neil Kendricks


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