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Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

Que le soleil jamais ne voie briller tes larmes
Natalie Baird and Toby Gillies
2024 | 7 min 6 s
Animated & Live Action Short

Awards and Festivals

  • Official SelectionDOXA (2024)

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Directors Statement


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Feel all the happiness


A shared imagining of Edith's drawings, animated by the directors

Edith holds a drawing she made about her son, titled "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"

Edith as the moon

Morning scene based on Edith's drawings

Nightscape based on Edith's drawings

Behind the scenes: directors Natalie Baird and Toby Gillies visit with Edith Almadi

Behind the scenes: Edith looks out her window at her personal care home

Behind the scenes: co-director Natalie Baird evolving the animation for the film

Behind the scenes: rendering butterfly animations


Natalie Baird & Toby Gillies

Photo : Matt Horseman

Alicia Smith


David Christensen
Executive Producer

Photo : Courtesy


A film by

Natalie Baird

Toby Gillies



Edith Almadi



Alicia Smith


Line Producer

Laetitia Seguin


Executive Producer

David Christensen



Natalie Baird

Toby Gillies

Oana Suteu Khintirian


Camera Operators

Natalie Baird

Toby Gillies


Sound Design

Andy Rudolph

Kelsey Braun


Music Composed by

Gilad Carroll

Sam Sarty

Andy Rudolph



Lise Wedlock

Assisted by

Carmelita Glowacki


Foley Recording

Geoffrey Mitchell



Jean Paul Vialard


Technical Directors

Eloi Champagne

Vincent McCurley


Technical Coordinators

Lyne Lapointe

Luc Binette


Online Editing

Serge Verreault


Credits Design

Alain Ostiguy



Esther Viragh


Studio Operations Managers

Devon Supeene

Darin Clausen


Studio Administrators

Bree Beach


Production Supervisors

April Dunsmore

Esther Viragh


Senior Production Coordinators

Janet Kwan

April Dunsmore


Production Coordinators

Jessica Smith

Everett Sokol


Legal Counsel

Peter Kallianiotis


Marketing Manager

Carly Kastner


Marketing Coordinator 

Harmonie Hemming



Katja De Bock


Toby and Natalie met Edith in 2013 while working as artists-in-residence at Misericordia Health Centre.

This film is an expression of their shared imagination, incorporating Edith’s words and imagery from drawings made together over the years.

Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying  was made in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral homelands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples, and homeland of the Métis Nation.

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