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Window Horses

Ann Marie Fleming
2016

Prizes and awards

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONANNECY 2016

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONTORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016

  • BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM and BEST CANADIAN FILMVANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016

  • JURY PRIZE-FEATURE FILMBUCHEON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2016

  • AUDIENCE AWARDANIMASYROS-INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL AND FORUM 2016

  • CENTENNIAL BEST CANADIAN FILM AWARDREEL ASIAN 2016

  • INDEPENDENT COMPETITIONSANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

  • ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE SELECTIONCANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS 2017

  • BEST SCREENWRITER/BEST CANADIAN SCREENPLAY - Ann-Marie FlemingVANCOUVER FILM CRITICS CIRCLE 2017

  • BEST PICTURECANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ONLINE FILM CRITICS

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONHOLLAND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL 2017

  • HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD / NARRATIVE FEATURES COMPETITIONRIVERRUN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FILMJULIEN DUBUQUE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

  • AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERNASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2017

  • BEST FEATURESTUTTGART FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM 2017

  • OFFICIAL SELECTIONSYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2017

  • BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILMASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2017

  • ANIMOVIE - AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE-LENGTH ANIMATED FILMINTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL / INTERNATIONAL TRICKFILM FESTIVAL 2017

Synopsis

The Style

Promotional Materials

Trailer

Images

Lever Rukhin
Photo : © Lever Rukhin
Sandra Oh, Shohreh Agdashloo, Ann Marie Fleming, outside The Dark Studio, Toronto
Lever Rukhin
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Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Esme Finley - Big World Sound, Vancouver
Lever Rukhin
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Ann Marie Fleming, Sandra Oh, Esme Finley - Big World Sound, Vancouver
Lever Rukhin
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Shohreh Agdashlloo, Sandra Oh, Ann Marie Fleming, outside The Dark Studio, Toronto
Adam Reid
Photo : © Adam Reid
Nancy Kwan Big World, Sound, Vancouver
Lever Rukhin
Photo : © Lever Rukhin
Omid Abtahi and Ann Marie Fleming

Rosie's Poem Clip

Welcome to Iran Clip

Rosie's Euphoria Clip

Team & Characters


Ann Marie Fleming
Writer / Director / Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : Luka Sanader


Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian independent filmmaker, writer, and artist. Born in Japan to Chinese and Australian parents, Fleming creates work that addresses themes of family, identity, history, and memory. She adapted her 2003 animated documentary The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam into an Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel in 2007, and has followed with a number of acclaimed short films, including I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010), Big Trees (2013), and the animated web-series My Place (2009) for Discovery USA’s Planetgreen.com. Her latest project is Window Horses, a feature-length animated film about a young Canadian poet discovering her family history.


Sandra Oh
Executive Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : Lever Rukhin


Sandra Oh

Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh is best known for her work on the American medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, for which she won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Her feature film roles include the widely acclaimed Canadian film Double Happiness (1994), directed by Mina Shum, as well as Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and Sideways (2004). Most recently on stage in Death and the Maiden at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Oh is currently voicing the protagonist of (and co-producing) Window Horses, a feature-length animated film about a young Canadian poet discovering her family history.


Shirley Vercruysse
Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s latest projects include the feature-length musical documentary The Road Forward; the animated feature film Window Horses; the animated shorts I AM HERE, The Mountain of SGaana and Shop Class; the mid-length documentary Beauty; the soon-to-be-released feature doc That Higher Level; and the documentary series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.


Michael Fukushima
Producer & Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
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Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentaryMinoru: 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 opening up the studio to new audiences and new technologies with a move towards urban and diverse stories and creators.

He was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.  Notable films produced or executive produced by Michael 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; Ann Marie Fleming’s I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010); 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 Randall Okita’s The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer. 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 next short film.


Sandra Oh
Rosie
Biography
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Sandra Oh

Best known for her work as Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, this versatile Korean Canadian actress has also starred in Sideways, Arli$$, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Last Night. Most recently on stage in Death and the Maiden, one of Sandra’s career highlights was as the Cookie Fairy on Sesame Street. Her work is about transformation!


Nancy Kwan
Gloria
Biography
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Nancy Kwan

Nancy Kwan has been the star of more than 40 films, from the 1960s to today. From her memorable role in The World of Suzie Wong to her remarkable performance in
Flower Drum Song, Nancy Kwan is one of the first actresses of Chinese descent to achieve fame in Western cinema, opening the doors for many actors to follow.


Shohreh Aghdashloo
Mehrnaz
Biography
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Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo is an Iranian and American actress and author known for her Academy Award nominated performance in House of Sand and Fog. She also won an
Emmy Award for her work in the HBO miniseries House of Saddam.


Camyar Chaichian
Cyrus
Biography
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Camyar Chaichian

Camyar Chaichian is an actor, writer and director. Born in Iran and raised in London, New York and Vancouver, he has performed extensively across Canada and the United States and is the founder of one of Canada’s leading independent theatre companies, Neworld Theatre. He is also a published playwright, and his opera librettos have been produced in Canada and the United States.


Omid Abtahi
Ramin
Biography
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Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi is an Iranian-born American actor.  After immigrating to the United States with his family as a child, Abtahi has made a name for himself as an accomplished actor on stage, in film, and on television. You can see him in The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 2.


Navid Negahban
Amir/Mehran
Biography
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Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban is an Iranian American theater, film, and television actor. He has appeared on 24The West Wing, CSI: Miami and the critically acclaimed drama, Homeland. In 2009, Negahban won Best Actor at the Noor Iranian Film Festival.


Ellen Page
Kelly
Biography
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Ellen Page

Ellen Page is a Canadian actress, director, and activist known for her Academy Award nominated performance as the title character in Jason Reitman’s Juno. She can be seen in the drama, Into the Forest.


Kristen Thomson
Caroline
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Kristen Thomson

Kristen Thomson was born in Toronto, Ontario.  She is known for her one-woman play I, Claudia, which was adapted to film in 2004. She was the recipient of a Genie Award for her performance in Sarah Polley’s Away from Her.


Eddy Ko
Stephen
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Eddy Ko

Eddy Ko is a Chinese and Canadian actor. One of Hong Kong’s highly regarded screen actors, recently having a role in the Hollywood film The  Martian, he is well known through numerous TV and film credits in the Chinese film industry, going back to the late 1960s. After immigrating to Canada in the 90s, Eddy has made numerous appearances in films such as Lethal Weapon 4The Counting House, and Largo Winch.


Don McKellar
Dietmar
Biography
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Don McKellar

Don McKellar was born in Canada and has had a varied career as a writer, director and actor. He was the screenwriter of Roadkill and Highway 61, and co-writer of Dance Me Outside, the Genie Award-winning Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould and The Red Violin (he also appeared in the latter two). He received a Genie Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Atom Egoyan’s Exotica and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes for his directorial debut, Last Night, which he also wrote and starred in. He wrote, directed and played the lead in his second film, Childstar. Other film appearances include David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ, ​Olivier Assayas​’​s Clean.

He collaborated on the film adaptation of José Saramago’s Nobel Prize-winning novel Blindness. Directed by Fernando Mereilles, McKellar starred with Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal and Mark Ruffalo. He also directed the Max Films feature The Grand Seduction starring Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch.

McKellar starred in the acclaimed television series Slings And Arrows, which aired on TMN and Movie Central in Canada and Sundance Channel in the States. He also directed and executive produced the CBC series Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays and the HBO Canada series Sensitive Skin​, ​in which he co-stars with Kim Cattrall.

His stage ​writing credits include the five plays he co-created with the Augusta Company and the book for the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone”, for which he won a Tony Award.


Payman Maadi
Payman
Biography
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Payman Maadi

A CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN STICKGIRL PRODUCTIONS AND THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

Credits

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Ann Marie Fleming

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Sandra Oh

PRODUCED BY
Ann Marie Fleming (Stick Girl Productions)
Shirley Vercruysse  (NFB)
Michael Fukushima (NFB)

CAST
Sandra Oh  (Rosie Ming)
Shohreh Aghdashloo  (Mehrnaz Filsoof)

FEATURING
Nancy Kwan (Gloria)
Omid Abtahi  (Ramin/Rumi)
Camyar Chaichian  (Cyrus Kazimi)
Mehdi Darvish (Sassan)
Esme Finley (little Rosie)
Nima Gholamipour  (tour guide)
Azadeh Khatibi (doctor)
Eddy Ko  (Stephen)
Payman Maadi (Payman)
Ramin Mahjouri  (taxi driver)
Taylor Mali  (himself)
Don McKellar (Dietmar Langweillig)
Panta Mosleh  (Shahrzard Abbibi)
Navid Negaban (Amir/Mehran)
Azita Sahebjam  (aunt Farah)
Kristen Thomson  (Caroline)
Houshang Touzie  (Hassan)
Jun Zhu (Di Di)

AND

Ellen Page as Kelly

LEAD DESIGN AND ANIMATION
Kevin Langdale

COMPOSER
Taymaz Saba

SOUND DESIGN & SUPERVISOR
Gordon Durity

EDITORIAL TEAM
Ann Marie Fleming
Ileana Pietrobruno
Jean-Denis Rouette

LINE PRODUCER
Ruth Vincent

ANIMATION TEAM

GUEST ANIMATORS
Ian Godfrey
Nathaniel Akin                                                                   

ANIMATION SERVICES
Jester Coyote Animation Inc.
Jesse Cote
Brad Gibson
Chloe Liu
Eben Sullivan
Patrick Dufresne
Prajay Mahta
Jacyntha Cadwell                                                                                                          

GUEST DIRECTOR-ANIMATORS
Rosie’s poem – Janet Perlman
History of Iran – Sadaf Amini
Hafiz history – Bahram Javaheri
Bani Adaam – Dominique Doktor, Shira Avni (consultant)
Taylor Mali’s poem – Elissa Chee
Dietmar’s Poem – Michael Mann
Hafiz poem – Jody Kramer
Cow poem – Kunal Sen
Masnevi – Louise Johnson
Rumi poem – Lillian Chan

HORSE DESIGN, ANIMATION & CALLIGRAPHY
Younger Yang

HORSE DESIGNS & KEY FRAME SEQUENCES
Joe Chang

ANIMATION ASSISTANT
Christine Li

ADDITIONAL ANIMATION
Natty Boonmasiri
Reid Blakely
Gemma Goletski
Pyrrha Powilanska-Burnell
Ceile Prowse

SCENE SET UP ARTISTS
Mona Lisa Ali
Natty Boonmasari
Pyrrha Powilanska-Burnell

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Lever Ruhkin
Adam Greydon

PRODUCTION TEAM

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Alexis Adams
Dan Emery

ANIMATION MANAGEMENT
Pyrrha Powilanska-Burnell
Claire Maxwell

ASSISTANT CO-ORDINATOR
Natty Boonmasiri

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Devon Ellis-Durity

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Gordon Durity
Mehrdad Farbod
Azadeh Khatibi

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Wendy Jackman

AUDIT SERVICES
Optis Finance

TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
Jordan Acomba

IT ASSISTANCE
Joe Truesdale
Paul Martin
Werner Thomas

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS
Mike Sangalang
Justin Li
SOCIAL MEDIA
Michael Patience

LEGAL SERVICES
Eva Schmieg
Suzanne Cross
Chandler, Fogden, Aldous

STORY CONSULTANT
Michael MacLennan

POETRY CONSULTANTS
Malini Mahin
Jan Walls

FARSI CALLIGRAPHY
Sadaf Amini
Yadolla Kaboli

FARSI TRANSLATION
Mehrdad Farbod
Maryam Najafi
Taymaz Saba

IRANIAN CULTURAL CONSULTANTS
Mehrdad Farbod
Bahram Javaheri
Maryam Najafi

MUSIC CONSULTANTS
Mashallah Mohammedy
Jamal Salavati Khurdistani

MUSICIANS

VOCALS
Jamal Salavati Kurdestani
Taymaz Saba
Sahra Amini

Setar – Ali Mahinpour
Ney – Amir Eslami Mirabadi
Taar – Soroush Nasab
Percussion/synthesizer/digital instrument programmer- Mehrdad Abkenari
Guitar – Ammar Sedqui
Oboe/flute/clarinet/melodica/violin/erhu- Marco Del Rio
Dastaan songs

Kamancheh- Saeed Farajpouri
Oud – Hossein Behrouzinia
Santoor – Amir Mohandesan
Vocals – Anita Zanganeh, Sahra Amini

POEMS

“I need to know…” (Rosie’s poem)
written by Ann Marie Fleming
from “Breathless: the book of Anne”

“Mah” (Di Di’s poem)
written by Sean Yangzhan

“Bani Adaam”
Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din bin Abdallah Shirazi (Saadi)
English adaptation by Ann Marie Fleming

Hafiz, “We Should Talk About This Problem”
From the Penguin publication I Heard God Laughing
renderings by Daniel Ladinsky
Copyright © 1996 & 2006 by Daniel Ladinsky and used with his permission

“The Moon Exactly How it is Tonight”
written and performed by Taylor Mali

“Masnevi”
Mowlana Jalal-e-Din Mohammad Molavi Rumi (Rumi)
composed and arranged by Kavan Honarmand
performed by Payman Maadi, Haanaah Kamkar vocals, Fardin Laharpoor, ney

“do you know what this lute music tells you?”
Rumi
from “ Say Nothing : poems of Jalal al-Din Rumi in Persian and English ”
English adaptation by Iraj Anvar & Anne Twitty
“Cow Poem”
written by Ann Marie Fleming

“Now that I am with you…”
Rumi
English adaptation by Mehrdad Farbod & Ann Marie Fleming

“Horse” (Rosie’s poem)
written by Ann Marie Fleming

SONGS

“LuckLucky”
written and performed by Veda Hille
courtesy of Veda Hille

“Fromage Français”
composed by Ian Hughes
courtesy of Audio Networks Canada

“Masnevi” (end credits)
composed and arranged by Kavan Honarmand
performed by Payman Maadi, Haanaa Kamkar (vocals) Fardin Laharpoor (ney)

“Improvisations”
Performed by Hamnavazan

“Sarmast”
composed by Saeed Farajpouri
arranged by Taymaz Saba
performed by Hamnavazan

“Saz-O Avaz”
composed by Saeed Farajpouri
arranged by Taymaz Saba
performed by Hamnavazan

“Naghmeha”
composed by Saeed Farjpouri
arranged by Taymaz Saba
performed by Amir Eslami

“Window Horses”
written and performed by Ann Marie Fleming
with Brad Nelson (guitar)

VOICE RECORDING SERVICES
Walker Sound Studios (LA) – Genevieve Vincent
Bad Robot Sound (LA) – Charles Scott
Dark Studios (Toronto) – Gabe Knox
Big World Sound (Vancouver) – Doug Paterson

DIALOGUE EDITOR
Michael Werth

FOLEY
1010 Audio

VIDEO MASTERING
Cinematik Post

POST-PRODUCTION SOUND SERVICES PROVIDED BY
Big World Sound

RE-RECORDING ENGINEER
Doug Paterson

CLOSED CAPTIONING
Line 21

CANADIAN CASTING DIRECTOR
Neera Garg, Your Sound Inc.

ANIMATIC VOICE WORK
Azita Sahebjam • Tara Sahebjam • Kamyar (Kami) • Peter Chow • Camyar Chaichian • Farshid Homayoon Nasserabadi • Ali Abbasi • Kelly Constabaris • Werner Thomas • Pochu Auyeung • Wendy Dallian • Mehrdad Farbod • Ann Marie Fleming • Ruth Vincent • Rebecca • Tara Nazemi • Mahin Milani • Zhangsean Zhang • Kevin Langdale • Banashef Mohseni

PROMOTIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

Telefilm Feature Film Fund – Development Program
John Dippong • Cathy Schock • Bill Hurst

Creative BC Project Development Fund

Canadian Film Centre
Norman Jewison • Kathryn Emslie

Perfect Circle Productions
Karen Powell • Dean English

Joe Cruz

Rock-It Promotions

Indiegogo

Akademie Schloss Solitude
Jean-Baptiste Joly

Indiegogo campaign managers
Social media – Bella Sie
Design & marketing – Pyrrha Powilanska-Burnell
Web support – LeftRight Minds
this film is based on the graphic novel
“Window Horses: the Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”
written by Ann Marie Fleming

“stickgirl”
appears by the permission of
Ann Marie Fleming

NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA BC & YUKON STUDIO

Production supervisor – Jennifer Roworth
Technical edit coordinator – Wes Machnikowski
Production coordinator – Kathleen Jayme
Centre administrator – Carla Jones

NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA ANIMATION STUDIO

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Eloi Champagne

TECHNICAL CO-ORDINATOR – Steve Hallé

thank you Michelle Van Beusekom and Teri Snelgrove

Telefilm Canada
• Lauren Davis • Steve BatesJohn Dippong

With the participation of the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive Program

With the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

With the participation of Telefilm Canada Talent Fund and Canada Feature Film Fund

With the assistance of Mehr Studios

 

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