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FREAKS OF NURTURE

Alexandra Lemay
2018 | 6 min 28 s
Stop-motion

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionPalm Springs International ShortFest 2018

  • Official SelectionMilwaukee (MKE) Film Festival 2018

  • Best Comedy Short New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts) 2018

  • Official SelectionSommets du cinéma d'animation

  • Official SelectionSt. John's International Women's Film and Video Festival

  • Official SelectionChicago International Children's Film Festival

  • Official Selection36 Miami Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionTRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES International Animation Filmfestival 2019

  • Audience Award - Short FilmCinequest 2019

  • Official SelectionRendez-vous Québec Cinéma 2019

  • Official SelectionFestival Stop Motion Montréal 2019

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Team


Alexandra Lemay
Director and Animator
Biography
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Alexandra Lemay

A graduate of both Concordia University and Sheridan College, Alexandra Lemay is a freelance artist with a background in media arts, animation and practical special effects. Though she continues to dabble in different disciplines such as puppet and costume fabrication for TV, museums and costume shops, her true passion lies in independent filmmaking via traditional animation and SPFX techniques such as stop-motion.  She works on personal and collaborative film projects as writer, director, fabricator and animator. Her selection by the National Film Board of Canada to be part of Hothouse apprenticeship program led to the creation of her stop-motion short, All the rage. The film has been featured in numerous festivals such as the renowned Ottawa International Animation Festival, and received a nomination for best animated short by The Gala du cinéma québécois.


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 hit films. In addition to animated films, she produces multimedia and interactive projects with a distinct artistic edge.


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.

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Credits

Director and Animator
Alexandra Lemay

Story and Designs
Alexandra Lemay

Screenplay
Alexandra Lemay
Julie Matlin

Script Consultant
Janet Perlman

Voices
Alexandra Lemay (Daughter)
Claudia Besso
(Daughter, looking back)
Amanda Plummer
(Mom)

Original Music
Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Musicians
Nicholas Di Giovanni (guitar)
David Gossage
(bass)
David Grott
(trombone & bass trombone)
William Mahar
(trumpet)

Sound Design
Luigi Allemano

Director of Photography
Luka Sanader

Sets
Laurent Canniccioni and Emily Bélanger (Jako Lanterne)

Props
Laurent Canniccioni and Emily Bélanger (Jako Lanterne)
Dominique Côté
Emma Owen
Dany Boivin

Armatures and Rigs
Erik Goulet (Stop Motion Montreal)

Molds and Casts
Emma Owen
Dany Boivin
Daniel Auclair
Olivier Xavier

Character Sculpts and Costumes
Alexandra Lemay

Intern
Ramona Mismetti

Foley
Karla Baumgardner

Foley and Music Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Voice Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell (NFB)
Smart Post West
MELS

Re-recording
Serge Boivin

Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Technical Coordination
Candice Desormeaux
Luc Binette

Compositing
Randall Finnerty
Eloi Champagne
Simon Cottee
Glenn Gear

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Animation Coordinator
Randall Finnerty

Administration
Victoire-Émilie Bessette
Rosalina Di Sa
rio
Dominique Forget
Stéphanie Lalonde

Marketing
Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Producer
Maral Mohammadian

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima

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