Malady of Mine

An ill-fated artist comes to terms with the true source of his mysterious disease.

Director Biography – Jon Portman

Jon Portman is an award-winning San Francisco-based animation filmmaker. His work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic and SF Gate. In 2014, Jon co-founded Oxbow, a creative agency specializing in animation and interactive content, where he served as the creative director for five years. Jon specializes in writing and directing impactful narrative stories through the medium of animation. He produces films through his production company, Very Big Boy, which he founded in 2019.


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Director Statement

Malady of Mine is a film about a young man, who, burdened by a mysterious disease, struggles to save his relationship, and ultimately himself. I wanted to tell a story about the powerful nature of our subconscious and the dark places we often turn to for inspiration as artists. Malady of Mine is a cautionary tale about the importance of untangling emotional health, creativity, and physical wellbeing, which can become dangerously intertwined.


Jon Portman


Jon Portman


David Rochkind

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