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On NFB.ca, Facebook and YouTube. Matthew Rankin’s animated short THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (NFB) now available free online.


April 15, 2019 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

As of today, THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (NFB), an animated short directed by Matthew Rankin, is streaming free of charge worldwide on NFB.ca, Facebook and YouTube. This acclaimed experimental film, in which visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to his onetime benefactor, financier J.P. Morgan, was named one of Vimeo’s prestigious “Staff Pick Premieres,” receiving more than 112,000 views on that platform. THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT has also won 10 awards and screened as an official selection at 48 festivals around the world. It had its world premiere at the 56th annual Cannes Film Festival’s Semaine de la Critique and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

About THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (8 min 18 s)
Produced at the NFB by Julie Roy

New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. Inspired by real events, this electrifying short is a spectacular burst of image and sound that draws as much from the tradition of avant-garde cinema as it does from animated documentary.

About Matthew Rankin

Originally from Winnipeg, filmmaker Matthew Rankin is now based in Montreal. THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT is his second NFB film; the first was The Radical Expeditions of Walter Boudreau (2015). His short film Mynarski Death Plummet received an award in the “Off Limits” competition at Annecy in 2015.


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