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Metamorphosis

Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper
2018 | 85 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionSanta Barbara International Film Festival - 2018

  • Official SelectionDOXA Documentary Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionDOCLANDS 2018

  • Official SelectionEdinburgh International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionShanghai International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionFIN Atlantic International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionCrossroads Festival for Documentary Film and Discourse Graz/Austria 2018

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Directors: Nova Ami (left) and Velcrow Ripper (right).

Team


Nova Ami
Writer/Director/Producer
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Nova Ami

Nova Ami creates socially relevant, thought-provoking films that inspire, educate, and empower. Her work has screened at international festivals including Hot Docs and IDFA, and has been broadcast on BBC, CBC, CTV, Super Channel, Vision TV, and SBS Australia. She directed the documentaries Say I Do (CTV, Vision TV), Secrets (CBC’s The Passionate Eye), and Peacing it Together (Red Storm Productions), and was a producer on Occupy Love (Super Channel, Free Speech TV) and Army of One (BBC, CBC, SBS Australia). She was host, director, and writer on the technology and innovation television series The Leading Edge (Knowledge Network), and was host and segment producer of GVTV, a series about urban issues in Vancouver. She has a master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School.


Velcrow Ripper
Writer/Director/Producer/Cinematographer
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Velcrow Ripper

Velcrow Ripper creates powerful, cinematic feature documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. His epic “Fierce Light Trilogy” began with Scared Sacred, winner of the 2005 Genie Award for best feature documentary, continued with 2008’s award-winning Fierce Light and concluded with Occupy Love (2013). His first feature-length documentary, Bones of the Forest (1995, co-directed with Heather Frise) won nine awards, including Best of the Festival at Hot Docs and the 1996 Genie for best feature doc. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards) and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs, Leo Awards). Metamorphosis is his sixth feature film.  www.velcrowripper.com


Lauren Grant
Producer (Clique Pictures)
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Lauren Grant

Clique Pictures is a vibrant film and television production company with a focus on working with female creative talent both in front and behind the camera. Clique Pictures recently completed the feature documentary Metamorphosis by co-directors Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper and the short documentary One Leg In, One Leg Out for CBC Digital with director Lisa Rideout.

Clique Pictures is in post-production on Riot Girls with director Jovanka Vuckovic and writer Katherine Collins and financing the feature film Sugar Daddy with director Wendy Morgan and writer/star Kelly McCormack for a May 2018 shoot.

Lauren Grant co-produced the feature film The Parting Glass for CASM Films. Directed by Stephen Moyer, The Parting Glass stars Ed Asner, Rhys Ifans, Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O’Hare, and Anna Paquin. Lauren also served as executive producer on the short documentary Take a Walk on the Wildside by director Lisa Rideout, which premiered at Hot Docs in 2017.

Clique Pictures’ productions include the feature film Wet Bum starring Julia Sarah Stone, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the feature documentary Traceable, which screened theatrically around the world as part of Fashion Revolution Day events honouring the 1127 victims of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse in Bangladesh.

Previous productions include the feature Picture Day and the futuristic short film Frost, both premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Picture Day won the Borsos Award for Best Film and Best Performance at the Whistler Film Festival for lead actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black). Frost won Best Canadian Short Film at the Edmonton International Film Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Lauren worked as production consultant on season one of the Temple Street series Killjoys.

In 2011, Lauren won the best live action short drama Genie Award (Canada’s Oscar) for the residential school musical Savage. The film has screened at over 50 film festivals including Berlinale, BFI, SXSW and the NYC Children’s Film Festival.

The Hollywood Reporter named Lauren one of 15 Talents to Watch in their Next Gen Canada 2014 edition. Lauren is an alumna of Trans Atlantic Partners, Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab, TIFF Studio, Producers Lab at TIFF, Rotterdam Lab, and Berlinale Talent Campus. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC with a double major in Film Production and History and attended the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers Lab. She is a member of the Canadian Media Producers’ Association Feature Film Committee.


Bonnie Thompson
Producer
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Bonnie Thompson

With over 65 producer credits, Bonnie Thompson is a veteran National Film Board of Canada producer, working with Canadian media makers and producers on a slate of documentary, interactive, and animation productions. Thompson’s productions have been screened nationally and internationally on television screens, on the web and in festivals, winning many nominations and awards.

Recent production highlights include the feature documentary, Angry Inuk which won the 2016 Hot Docs Audience Award; the Oscar and CSA nominated short animated film Wild Life; and the acclaimed Webby and FWA award winning website Bear 71.


David Christensen
Producer & Executive Producer
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David Christensen

David Christensen is a Producer and Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s North West Studio, one of the NFB’s six English language studios. Some of his recent films include If I Was God, recently Oscar-shortlisted for Best Animation Short, the NFB co-produced feature documentary Hadwin’s Judgement, which premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival, and the feature film The Forbidden Room, directed by Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson and winner of the best Canadian Feature by the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Other works that David has produced include the acclaimed documentary Everything Will Be, a devastating co-production about Indian Residential Schools entitled We Were Children, the Oscar-nominated animated short film Wild Life, and Bear 71, an online interactive web documentary that was named FWA Site of the Year. He is also very involved in emerging filmmaking and digital programmes for Nunavut filmmakers.


John Bain
Executive Producer
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John Bain

JOHN BAIN started up Canadian film distribution company Search Engine Films in 2014. Search Engine concentrates are the indie film space. Recent films include “Jean of the Joneses”, “Morris From America”, “Equals”, “Standing Tall” and “Alone in Berlin”. Prior to Search Engine he was Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and SVP, Distribution at Maple Pictures. He held a wide range of jobs in Distribution, culminating in SVP, Distribution, at Lionsgate Films before it spun off the Canadian operations into Maple.  Some of his acquisitions at Lionsgate/Maple included “Drive”, “Winter’s Bone”, “Hurt Locker”, “Hunger”, “Biutiful”, “The Pianist”.

Credits

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
NOVA AMI AND
VELCROW RIPPER

PRODUCERS
LAUREN GRANT
NOVA AMI
VELCROW RIPPER

PRODUCERS (NFB)
BONNIE THOMPSON
DAVID CHRISTENSEN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
DAVID CHRISTENSEN
JOHN BAIN

CINEMATOGRAPHERS
VELCROW RIPPER
GRANT BALDWIN

COMPOSER
JAMES MARK STEWART

EDITOR
EUGENE WEIS

A CLIQUE PICTURES, TRANSPARENT FILM, NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA CO-PRODUCTION PRODUCED WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CANADA MEDIA FUND AND ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH TVO AND KNOWLEDGE NETWORK WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF ROGERS TELEFUND, ONTARIO FILM AND TELEVISION TAX CREDIT AND CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT.



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