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NAKED ISLAND

PUBLIC SERVICE ALERTS FOR A NEW ERA
2017

THE PROJECT


THE PROJECT (SHORT)


BE COOL


SEXT APES


PROTEST


THE LAW OF EXPANSION


SIMULATED LIFE


ALBERTOSAURUS


WE DRINK TOO MUCH


SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST


WE EAT SHIT


ALL WE NEED IS WAR


BLOOD


SOBER


DETENTION


HIPSTER HEADDRESS


SAINT- LOUIS SQUARE

Team


Clyde Henry Productions
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Clyde Henry Productions

Clyde Henry Productions is the creative brainchild of Genie Award winners Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli, Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More to Life). In addition to their film work, they also do illustration, puppet design and produce a monthly comic strip for Vice Magazine.


Eva Cvijanovic
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Eva Cvijanovic

A proud alumnus of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship program, Eva Cvijanovic has directed several animated shorts, including The Kiss. She has built sets for puppets and marionettes, and has worked on various short films, documentaries, music videos and multimedia projects.


Munro Ferguson
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Munro Ferguson

Born in New York City in 1960, Munro Ferguson took a very early interest in cartooning and film.  In 1994, he joined the NFB English Program’s Animation Studio. His most recent film, Minotaur, is an abstract expression of the mythic hero’s journey towards death and back again, with original music by Kid Koala.


Chris Landreth
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Chris Landreth

Academy Award winner Chris Landreth (Ryan, Subconscious Password) is a former engineer who turned to animation to satisfy the demands of both his left and right brain. Since pioneering the “psyschorealism” style of using surreal CGI to reveal character, he’s been obsessed with pushing the boundaries of CGI animation and storytelling.


Frances Adair Mckenzie
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Frances Adair Mckenzie

Multimedia artist Frances Adair Mckenzie (A Little Craving, Don’t Kiss and Telekinesis) combines genres and technology to invoke fantastical internal and external worlds. She works in motion design, animation, mask-making, illustration, projection, and immersive installations. Her art is inspired by both history and pop culture.


The Sanchez Brothers
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The Sanchez Brothers

World-renowned fine art photographers Carlos and Jason Sanchez are known for their large-scale images that take familiar places and situations and render them sinister and uncomfortable. Their work can be seen in museums in North America and Europe.


Luka Sanader
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Luka Sanader

Luka Sanader is a Montreal-based storyteller, devotee of light and avid fan of silver-based film. He works as a live action director of photography and art photographer, and has recently started exploring the fantastic world of stop-motion animation.


David Seitz
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David Seitz

David Seitz is an award-winning independent animator from Montreal whose short films have been screened at festivals worldwide. His diverse practice in new media and film production blend directing, animation, compositing and tool development – both independently and through collaborative artistic support roles. David’s striking visual style is marked by an experimental spirit and a longing for otherworldly, dreamlike landscapes. He is currently Creative Director at ED Films, an innovative animation studio based in Montreal.


Elise Simard
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Elise Simard

Elise Simard is an animation director who also specializes in optical effects. She has created handmade special effects and contributed visual signatures for documentary features and animated shorts and enjoys collaborations with amazing filmmakers and artists. In 2012 she directed My Little Underground at the NFB, where she often takes part in stimulating projects and research. Her filmography includes the tiny musical Breakfast (2013), produced while in residency at the Aberystwyth Art Center in Wales, and Opening Hours (2015), a carte blanche created for the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma based in Montreal, where she too is from.


Amanda Strong
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Amanda Strong

Amanda Strong (Four Faces of the Moon) is an Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop-motion director whose films have screened at festivals worldwide. She runs Spotted Fawn Productions, an animation and media-based studio, and collaborates with a diverse group of artists who support and train women and other Indigenous artists.


Malcolm Sutherland
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Malcolm Sutherland

Illustrator/animator Malcolm Sutherland (Forming Game, The Astronomer’s Dream) originally hails from Calgary, Alberta but makes his home in Montreal, Quebec. He’s directed, animated and designed for film, television, music videos and the web. He has also produced several comic books.


Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is an emerging filmmaker, writer, and actor whose work is community-focused and rooted in social justice. She made her first film, Bloodland, in 2011 and has since explored the genres of narrative fiction, documentary, mockumentary, and music videos.


Theodore Ushev
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Theodore Ushev

Bulgarian-born Theodore Ushev (Drux Flux, Lipsett Diaries) first made a name for himself as a poster designer before moving to Montreal in 1999 and taking up animation. He is a filmmaker, illustrator, graphic designer, and multimedia artist. His work is highly original and often political, and has appeared at festivals worldwide.


Laurence Vallières
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Laurence Vallières

Montreal-based artist Laurence Vallières creates sculptures of animals out of recycled cardboard. Her work represents human relationships, communication, and political issues with an underlying layer of humour. She also works in other mediums, including photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and metal.


Maral Mohammadian
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Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a Producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s English Program Animation Studio. She was recruited by the NFB in 2006 as the first Associate Producer of Hothouse, the celebrated apprenticeship program for emerging animation filmmakers which has spawned such gems as Sweet Talk(by Esteban Azuela), Git Gob (by Philip Eddolls) and Orange(by Sylvie Trouvé). Maral has nurtured artists in the Making Music emerging filmmaker program that createdThe Mixy Tapes (by David Seitz and Mike Wray) which toured as part of Best of Ottawa 2008.

Maral’s recent projects include The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita, an innovative animation/live action hybrid which won Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film at the NYC Shorts Festival. Maral’s latest project is BAM, a short animation directed by Howie Shia which follows a young boxer as he struggles to understand the violent rage within himself.

Prior to joining the NFB, Maral was the Workshop Programmer and Director of the Television Animation Conference at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. She studied Cinema at Carleton University.


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.

 


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.

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    Publicist – Montreal
    Cell.: 514-458-9745
    n.viau@nfb.ca

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 7,000 awards, with NFB animation accounting for 7 of the NFB’s 12 Oscars, as well as 6 grand prizes at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 4 Palmes d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and 2 Golden Bears at Berlinale. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB animators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.