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Just in time for Mother’s Day. Alexandra Lemay’s NFB stop-motion look at a neurotic mother-daughter relationship, Freaks of Nurture premieres online May 8. Available worldwide on NFB.ca, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.


“We don’t choose our family, and they can drive us nuts, but remembering that we are all irritating in our own way can help us laugh at life’s frustrations and be more accepting—of our loved ones and ourselves. I always knew my mom was different, but you know what? Things are never clear-cut, so I figure let’s mix it up and embrace the mess.” – Alexandra Lemay, director

May 8, 2019 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Alexandra Lemay’s award-winning National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short Freaks of Nurture debuts online free of charge on May 8—just in time for Mother’s Day—at NFB.ca, Facebook, YouTube as well as Vimeo, where it’s been selected as a “Staff Pick.”

An off-beat stop-motion animated short about a neurotic mother-daughter relationship—inspired by the filmmaker’s own unorthodox upbringing with her single-parent mom—Freaks of Nurture will be available for streaming starting Wednesday, May 8, at 9 a.m., ET.

Voiced by Emmy and Tony Award winner Amanda Plummer, Freaks of Nurture makes its online debut after a popular festival run, including screenings at the New York City Short Film Festival, where it was named Best Comedy Short, and at San Jose, California’s Cinequest, where it received the Audience Award for Short Film. The six-and-a-half-minute film is produced by Maral Mohammadian and executive produced by Michael Fukushima for the NFB’s Animation Studio in Montreal.

Alexandra Lemay is a freelance artist with a background in media arts, animation and practical special effects. Her selection by the NFB to be part of the Hothouse apprenticeship program led to the creation of her first stop-motion short, All the Rage (2014).


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