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Canadian Indie Showcase 1 (15)

October 26, 2013
7:00 pm

Canada holds an iconic and unique position in the world of indie, auteur animation. Beside her network of world class schools and the iconic institution known as the National Film Board of Canada is a vast, diverse and outrageously gifted community of fiercely independents that stretches from one coast to the other and makes do with whatever resources they can muster. Combined, their output is staggering in its scope and scale and this is the first of two programmes that have been put together to paint a picture of one of the biggest unconnected animating collectives there is – the modern Canadian indie animators.

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Animated Self Portraits (Madi Piller, 2012)

Animated Self Portraits, Madi Piller, LIAF, London Internationoal Animation FestivalThe perfect kickstart to this program. An amazing animated who’s-who gallery of some of the most iconic independent Canadian animators drawn by the animators themselves in their own individually unique styles.

Canada, 8’40

Machine (Diane Obomsawin, 2010)

Machine, Diane Obomsawin, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalObom to her friends and fans, her films and illustration work spans decades. Her work is free spirited, takes risks and doesn’t seem to mind not quite making sense sometimes. It pushes the synapses to come to their own conclusions.

Canada, 2’19

Traces Of Joy (Jeff Tran, 2011)

Traces of Joy, Jeff Tran, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTran puts the crystal clarity of 3D CG animation to the task of depicting the gritty and ambiguous reality confornting kids seeking life’s simplest joys on the wrong side of the social dividing line.

Canada, 7’41

It’s The Good Life (Sharon Katz, 2012)

It's The Good Life, Sharon Katz, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWe’ll buy anything to appease our hunger for self-worth. And the world of retails that envelopes us all is only too delighted to feed that craving.

Canada, 4’27

Spirit Of Bluebird (Xstine Cook, 2010)

Spirit of Bluebird, Xstine Cook, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhen the killer of indigenous woman Gloria Black Plume-Bird was acquitted on a legal technicality, her friends responded by gathering at the place of her slaying and crafting this simple, affecting animated tribute and biography to her.

Canada, 5’45

Somnium (Noah Wohl & Nima Ehtemam, 2011)

Somnium, Noah Wohl, Nima Ehtemam, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLatin for ‘dream’, Somnium reaches out to all people as a modern creation myth drawing on influences as diverse as African tribal masks, 60’s psychedelia and contemporary graphic design.

Canada, 2’42

Gluttony (Family Visit) (Ann Marie Fleming, 2011)

Gluttony (Family Visit) Ann Marie Fleming, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalGluttony: The sin of excess. Witness a family visit where food fills all the unspoken holes.

Canada, 2’17

The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid (Joel Mackenzie, 2012)

The Myth of Robo Wonder Kid, Joel Mackenzie, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalCrazy, eye-popping forces are unleashed when an experiment to create a Wonder Kid takes an explosively unexpected turn or two.

Canada, 3’00

Frenching (JC Little, 2011)

Frenching, JC Little, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn innocent savant abroad in his own country takes up every opposite opportunity presented to get under the skin of his French speaking compatriots.

Canada, 4’05

A Girl Named Elastika (Guillaume Blanchet, 2011)

A Girl Named Elastika, Guillaume Blanchet, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA way-cool, uber-clever little tale about a girl on the move proving that imagination is still the magic ingredient in a great film.

Canada, 3’29

Drat (Farzin Farzaneh, 2010)

Drat, Farzin Farzaneh, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe night has a thousand eyes, a million whispers and an infinity that stretches beyond the echoes of footsteps in the dark.

Canada, 10’56

Gains And Losses (Leslie Supnet, 2011)

Gains and Losses, Leslie Supnet, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWe all make bad decisions some days. It’s hard to be rational when everything feels like fire.

Canada, 2’31

Thunder River (Pierre Hebert, 2011)

Thunder River, Pierre Hebert, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalOne of Canada’s truly iconic experimental animators focuses on the patterns of nature as he sees them in the cracks and crevices of the world around him.

Canada, 7’54

The Empress (Lyle Pisio, 2009)

The Empress, Lyle Pisio, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA stop-motion film of outstanding intricacy and detail following the emotional shadow boxing that goes on when two lonely strangers meet in a seedy bar.

Canada, 8’25