Global pandemics are like prairie thunderstorms. Full of terror and havoc, they eventually pass. Bringing a new baby into the world can also feel like a storm.
Pairing sweeping narrative flair with recollections of childhood prairie skies and sparsely elegant imagery, physician/filmmaker Monica Kidd collaborates with animator Duncan Major to create The Storm, a story of disruption and rebirth.
A spacious and meditative soundtrack, punctuated by the ebb-and-flow of ambulance sirens and the first cries of a newborn, is set to the rhythm of human breath. “This is a film about sitting with uncertainty,” says Kidd, “about facing down terror, not turning away, and finding a place of hope.”
A doctor as well as a filmmaker, Monica Kidd finds signs of hope in an uncertain pandemic universe. With The Storm, she collaborates with animator Duncan Major, employing sparsely elegant imagery to reflect on what it means to bring a baby into a world gripped by a global health crisis.
Physician/filmmaker Monica Kidd reflects on what it means to bring a baby into a world under pandemic lockdown, evoking memories of wild summer storms to amplify a sharply etched tale of disruption and rebirth.
written, directed and narrated by
animation and production design by
sound design and original composition by
Katie Butler Major
Valentine and Zelda Major
Family-Centred Maternity Care, St. John’s
South Health Maternity and Wellness, Calgary
digital editing technicians
senior production coordinator
Leslie Anne Poyntz
Quebec – Atlantic Studio, English Program
The National Film Board of Canada
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