Since 1980, Lucille Côté has lived in Laterrière, surrounded by more than 250 animals. With a silver mane and a candid demeanor, Lucille practices a craft that has long been the exclusive domain of men: taxidermy. Through various contemplative and country-flavoured tableaux, we meet a particular breed of taxidermist, living outside of the digital age, with enough skills to get by in the woods without a compass or a frying pan.
Mamie lives in Gaspésie in a house that faces away from the sea. Her granddaughter wonders: “Why isn’t Mamie interested in me or her other grandchildren? Why won’t she give me any affection or her beautiful blanket? What happened that made Mamie so indifferent?” In this wonderful animation of hand-painted watercolours, the filmmaker reaches back into her own childhood memories to share a personal and touching story about the break in “passing things on” between her and her grandmother.
Luke Anderson wasn’t born with quadriplegia. Thirteen years ago, he went for a mountain bike ride that changed his life. Following another rider, he attempted a jump across a 25-foot opening, but instead, he missed the transition and broke two vertebrae in his spine. As Luke began his new way of life as wheelchair user, dating didn’t seem possible. A Different Way explores how Luke confronted his fears and began embracing personal relationships again.
Commissioned by the Toronto Animated Image Society as part of the TAIS ABCs Residency. Participating animators were asked to create a one-minute short with the loose theme, “animate how you animate.” Swimming in the Imaginary is a symbolic and metaphorical take on the process of generating ideas for an animation. Animated by hand under camera at the Toronto Animated Image Society, February 14 – 20th, 2016.
A visual poem and surrealist requiem for the Kalmyk people that were mass-deported by USSR from 1943-1957. Half of them died before they were allowed to return home. The film manifests itself as an archetype with frame-by-frame hand painted imagery, bringing back an example of human history on the eternal theme of diaspora and the loss of homeland.