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BAM

Howie Shia
2015

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Howie Shia
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Howie Shia

Born to Taiwanese parents in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Howie Shia is a Toronto-based illustrator, animator, writer, and director. His short films have won several awards around the world, including the 2007 Grand Prix at the Tokyo Anime Fair. Much of his work combines a love for ancient mythologies with a fascination for modern urban environments. Creating contemporary visuals using mostly traditional drawing techniques, Shia also draws heavily on music, especially contemporary jazz and hip hop.

Along with his brothers, Shia is the co-founder of PPF House, a Toronto-Taipei music, animation and design studio that splits its time between producing independent work and commercial projects for the likes of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Disney, Freemantle Media, Nike, UN-Habitat and others.

His latest project, BAM, is a tale about a young boxer struggling to understand the violent rage within him. BAMis Shia’s fourth short animation with the NFB, followingPeggy BakerFour Phrases (2009), Flutter (2006) and Ice Ages(2004), the latter a product of the second edition of the NFB’s Hothouse program for emerging animators. Shia is presently developing several short films and three graphic novels, and a baby daughter.


Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer
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Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, co-founding the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002 and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.

Some notable films in his filmography include Genie Award winner cNote (2004), by Chris Hinton; Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which won the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and the prestigious NHK Japan Prize; Muybridge’s Strings (2011), by Oscar-nominated Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura; Oscar-nominated films Dimanche (2011), by Patrick Doyon, and Me and My Moulton (2014), by Torill Kove; and, most recently, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God… and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses. Michael now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in—this year, on the first short film in two decades by Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and on Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new film, Threads.


Maral Mohammadian
Producer
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Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a Producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s English Program Animation Studio. She was recruited by the NFB in 2006 as the first Associate Producer of Hothouse, the celebrated apprenticeship program for emerging animation filmmakers which has spawned such gems as Sweet Talk(by Esteban Azuela), Git Gob (by Philip Eddolls) and Orange(by Sylvie Trouvé). Maral has nurtured artists in the Making Music emerging filmmaker program that createdThe Mixy Tapes (by David Seitz and Mike Wray) which toured as part of Best of Ottawa 2008.

Maral’s recent projects include The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita, an innovative animation/live action hybrid which won Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film at the NYC Shorts Festival. Maral’s latest project is BAM, a short animation directed by Howie Shia which follows a young boxer as he struggles to understand the violent rage within himself.

Prior to joining the NFB, Maral was the Workshop Programmer and Director of the Television Animation Conference at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. She studied Cinema at Carleton University.


Interview with Howie Shia

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Credits

Written, Directed and Animated by
HOWIE SHIA

Music & Sound Design
TIM SHIA & LEO SHIA
© 2015 SOCAN

Additional Animation
LILLIAN CHAN
JONATHAN NG
MALCOLM SUTHERLAND

Animation Assistance
SIMON COTTEE
JENNIFER KRICK

Musicians
TIM SHIA: Keys, Programming, Drums
LEO SHIA: Turntables

Music Recording
TIM SHIA & LEO SHIA

Foley
KARLA BAUMGARDNER

Titles
HOWIE SHIA

Online Editor
DENIS GATHELIER

Technical Coordinator
STEVE HALLÉ

Technical Direction
ELOI CHAMPAGNE

Production Coordination
STÉPHANIE LALONDE 
DOMINIQUE FORGET

Marketing Manager
GENEVIÈVE BÉRARD

Administration
ROSALINA DI SARIO
VICTOIRE-ÉMILIE BESSETTE

Producers
MARAL MOHAMMADIAN
MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA

Executive Producer
MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA 

Thanks to
MARK ABERNETHY
GORDON BELRAY
NICK FOX-GIEG
LISA GRABOSKI
GEORGE HAWKEN
ROBIN JOSEPH
BEN KALINA
KIM LEOW
PPF HOUSE
ANDY SCHOENTAG
JAVIER LOVERA & GASTON SOUCY @ STUDIO 223a
SANDY WEINBERG

Special Thanks to GEORGE & ELEANOR SHIA

Dedicated with feelings to JA & HMXYS

In Memory of DON SALUBAYBA

BAM
Produced by
the NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

© 2015 National Film Board of Canada



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