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My Heart Attack

Sheldon Cohen
2015 | 13 min 42 s

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Sheldon Cohen
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Sheldon Cohen

Sheldon Cohen is a multi-award-winning animator, director and book illustrator who grew up in Montreal’s Côte-des-Neiges borough. Throughout his 30-year-long career working in the NFB’s animation studios, Cohen has turned several beloved children’s tales into acclaimed films. The Sweater, his renowned 1980 adaptation of Roch Carrier’s classic short story, has won a BAFTA and more than a dozen other international awards. Cohen also received the Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration in a French-language children’s book (1991), while his 2002 short I Want a Dog won First Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film FestivalIn 2005, the NFB released a compilation DVD entitled From Book to Film: Animated Classics by Sheldon Cohen, as a tribute to his brilliant career.

Cohen’s latest animated short, My Heart Attack, documents his moving personal journey through open-heart surgery. Narrated by Cohen himself, this poignant and funny film captures the shock of the diagnosis, the trauma of the medical procedure, and his struggle to find the inner strength required to navigate the whole ordeal. A self-described “nice Jewish boy with Buddhist inclinations,” Cohen has an interest in self-growth and meditation. He has also taught film courses at Concordia University in Montreal and Harvard University in Cambridge. His memoir, This Sweater Is for You!, was published in 2012.


Marcy Page
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Marcy Page

Marcy Page has pursued an interest in animation for well over 30 years.

Born and raised in California, she animated for over a dozen companies and taught animation courses at San Francisco State University and the California College of Arts & Crafts in addition to pursuing her independent animation craft before immigrating to Canada.

Prior to joining the National Film Board of Canada in 1990, her personal film Paradisia was awarded at many international festivals.

As a NFB producer in animation, she has remained committed in the many projects on which she collaborated, to seeking out eclectic and unusual productions that push the envelope of the medium.  She’s helped lead the way in marrying computer technology and artistry, as NFB producer on such films as Chris Landreth’s Oscar winning, 3D-generated “documation” co-production Ryan and on stereoscopic animation projects such as Falling in Love Again  and June (2003, Munro Ferguson, dir.).

She has produced or co-produced work with many other world-renowned animation directors such as Paul Driessen, Janet Perlman, John Weldon, Chris Hinton, Gayle Thomas, Sheldon Cohen, Craig Welch, Lynn Smith, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. As well, she collaborated on the first professional animated films of such emerging talents as Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski with their Oscar nominated Madame Tutli-Putliand the first films by Torill Kove, the Oscar nominated My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts (co-produced with Norway’s Studio Magica). She also worked on Torill’s Oscar winning The Danish Poet (co-produced with Norway’s Mikrofilm).

Marcy Page has helped to shape dozens of acclaimed narrative and non-narrative films that together have garnered over 250 international awards for the NFB and its celebrated animation program.


Jelena Popović
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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.

 


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WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND NARRATED BY
SHELDON COHEN

ART DIRECTION BY
DAVID BARLOW-KRELINA

MUSIC
JUDITH GRUBER-STITZER

ADAPTED FROM THE ORIGINAL SONG
HEARTBEATS ACCELERATING
by
ANNA McGARRIGLE
Published by Garden Court Music
Administered by Kobalt Music Services Limited

VOCALISTS
SYLVAN LANKEN
LILY LANKEN

LAYOUTS AND ANIMATION
SHELDON COHEN
DAVID BARLOW-KRELINA

ADDITIONAL ANIMATION
VELISLAV KAZAKOV
JO MEURIS
HYUN JIN PARK

ANIMATION ASSISTANT
SHARRON MIRSKY

CHARACTER COLOURING
DAVID BARLOW-KRELINA
HYUN JIN PARK

BACKGROUNDS, MOTION GRAPHICS AND COMPOSITING
DAVID BARLOW-KRELINA

PICTURE EDITING
SHELDON COHEN
OANA SUTEU KHINTIRIAN

ONLINE EDITING
SERGE VERREAULT

DIGITAL IMAGING
RANDALL FINNERTY

TITLES
MÉLANIE BOUCHARD

SOUND DESIGN
OLIVIER CALVERT
JUDITH GRUBER-STITZER

FOLEY
LISA WEDLOCK
KARLA BAUMGARDNER

MUSICIANS
Drums THOMAS GOSSAGE
Tuba CHRIS SMITH
Vocal Percussion ANANT JESSE
Ukulele SÉBASTIEN DUFOUR
Violin TOMMY GAUTHIER

FOLEY AND MUSIC RECORDING 
GEOFFREY MITCHELL

MUSIC RECORDING ASSISTANTS
PHILIP GOSSELIN
TRISTAN CAPACCHIONE

DIALOGUE EDITOR
PIERRE YVES DRAPEAU

SOUND EDITOR ASSISTANTS
SHARRON MIRSKY
TRISTAN CAPACCHIONE

RE-RECORDING
JEAN PAUL VIALARD

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
ELOI CHAMPAGNE

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
STEVE HALLÉ

ADMINISTRATION
VICTOIRE-ÉMILIE BESSETTE
ROSALINA DI SARIO

PRODUCTION COORDINATION
STÉPHANIE LALONDE
DOMINIQUE FORGET

PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE
JON MONTES

MARKETING
GENEVIÈVE BÉRARD

COPYRIGHT CLEARANCE
SYLVIA MEZEI

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA
DAVID VERRALL
RODDY McMANUS

PRODUCED BY
JELENA POPOVIĆ
MARCY PAGE

A Production of
THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA



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