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Meky Ottawa
2019 | 1 min
2D animation and rotoscope

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  • Official SelectionimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

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Meky Ottawa
Director and Animator
Biography
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Photo : Stephan Ballard


Meky Ottawa

Hailing from the Atikamewk Nation in Quebec, Meky Ottawa works across a range of genres, creating video, illustration, photography and gallery installations. In 2017, she contributed to Kushapetshekan/Kosapitcikan: A Glimpse Into the Other World, an immersive installation at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts, and she’s exhibited in several editions of the 13 Moons: Four Nations exhibition. She has also designed album covers, created illustrations for the online magazine Working It Out Together, and made animated sequences for the award-winning music doc Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. In 2018, Meky was commissioned by the Montreal-based arts organization MU to create a mural honouring Alanis Obomsawin.


Amanda Strong
Associate Producer
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Amanda Strong

A Michif media artist based in the unceded Coast Salish Territories, also known as Vancouver, Amanda Strong directs and produces animation through her own company Spotted Fawn Productions, winning acclaim for work like Four Faces of the Moon, remarkable stop motion that elicits comparisons to Tim Burton. When the legendary Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin was given the Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association in 2016, she bequeathed the cash award to Strong, acknowledging Strong’s important contribution to contemporary Indigenous cinema.


Amanda Roy
Associate Producer
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Amanda Roy

An Anishinaabe filmmaker and producer from the Wikwemikong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island, Amanda Roy has worked with Mushkeg Media, Nish Media and other Indigenous companies, producing everything from Indie films and docs to fiction series and VR apps. She views Hothouse as a way of challenging dominant Western modes of storytelling.


Maral Mohammadian
Producer
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Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio in Montreal. Her award-winning auteur films include I Am Here, directed by internet sensation Eoin Duffy, and the innovative mixed-media film The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer, directed by Randall Okita. Maral has helped to develop some of Canada’s top rising talents through the NFB’s internationally recognized Hothouse apprenticeship program, which has spawned a series of one-minute hits. In addition to films, she produces interactive projects with a distinct artistic edge, such as Paloma Dawkins’ stunningly beautiful multi-award-winning VR joyride, Museum of Symmetry.


Jelena Popović
Producer
Biography
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Jelena Popović

Producer at the NFB Animation Studio since January 2014, Jelena forged her skills as production manager and associate producer on conventional, interactive and hybrid documentary and animation films. She directed and co-wrote the documentary The Knights of Orlando (2007) and edited Patrick Doyon’s Oscar-nominated short Sunday, as well as three editions of NFB’s acclaimed Hothouse program. She co-produced with Marcy Page Theodore Ushev’s Blood Manifesto (Prix Créativité, FNC 2015), Sheldon Cohen’s My Heart Attack, (Best Animated Short, Cleveland Int’l Fest) and Munro Ferguson’s Minotaur VR. With Maral Mohammadian, she co-produced Naked Island, a series of public service alerts by some of the top Canadian animators exposing the dark underbelly of modern times. Her latest releases are Hedgehog’s Home, a stop-motion fable about cherishing one’s home directed by Eva Cvijanović and co-produced by Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio, Croatia), which won over 30 prizes including Special Mention at Berlinale and Prix Jeune public in Annecy, and Manivald, a gender-ambiguous tale about the boomerang generation by Chintis Lundgren, a coproduction with Estonia and Croatia selected at Sundance, SXSW, Annecy and awarded at OIAF, LIAF, NYSFF, Aspen, Denver, Manchester etc.

 

Credits

Written, Directed and Animated by
Meky Ottawa

Mentoring Director
Jeff Barnaby

Editor
Nicolas Renaud

Sound Designer
Luigi Allemano

Assistant Sound Designer
Travis Mercredi

Music
“Bear Hunting Song”
By
Elisa Harkins

Additional Animation and colouring
Fred Casia
Eva Cvijanović
Amanda Roy
Amanda Strong

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Technical Specialist – Animation
Randall Finnerty

Technical Coordinator
Maud Chayer

Foley
Karla Baumgardner

Assisted by
Rod Thibeault

Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Online
Denis Pilon

Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell
Luc Léger

Studio Administration
Rosalina Di Sario
Victoire-Émilie Bessette

Senior Production Coordinator
Dominique Forget

Associate Producers
Amanda Roy
Amanda Strong

Studio Coordinator
Barry Ahmad

Marketing
Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Producers
Maral Mohammadian
Jelena Popović

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in partnership with imagineNATIVE ©2019



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