About Planet SJ

I have lived as a sole proprietor for nearly two decades, not including my second-grade sticker cartel. People always say to me, "You make your living...as , um, an artist? How?"

Simple: I've been guided by angels who have helped me create a sustainable Planet SJ.

People Who Make Planet SJ Possible





My extended family, my friends, my creative soulmates, collaborators, customers, and community - may you all meet face to face one day!


Sarah Jane Lapp has worked with film and visual art for the last two decades. Her experimental non-fiction films and hand-drawn animations often connect labor, comic personae and the religious imagination. Her work has been supported by Fulbright Commission, Rockefeller Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Artslink, Jerome Foundation, Alpert Award in the Arts, Ucross, Washington State, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Seekonk Arts Council, and the City of Seattle. Currently she is distributing her project "Sweetface," a 16mm film that evolved from her production of 1,000 sugar packets by hand. Sarah Jane began her education at Brown University where she earned a BA in Playwriting. She then moved to Prague as a Fulbright Scholar and studied film production at Filmova a Televizni Fakulta Academie Muzickych Umeni in addition to being an animation apprentice at Studio Bratri v Triku. She received her MFA from the Department of Filmmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago and has held teaching appointments at Wellesley and Harvard. She currently makes her home in Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Cultural Council (2013),Santa Fe Art Institute (2011), Seattle City Artist’s Grant (2010), Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Media Grant (2007), the Alpert Award in the Arts/UCross Residency Award (2007), The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (2007 -in collaboration with Mark Dresser), Artist Trust Gap Grant (2004), the MacDowell Colony (2001, 2000) a Jerome Foundation New York Media Grant (2000), a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Grant (2000), Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts (2000), the Atlantic Center Center for the Arts/Civitella Ranieri (2000), and an Artslink/CEC International Partners Media Grant (1997 with Jenny Perlin).


Across the Pond

Across the Country


© Sarah Jane Lapp, 2017