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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

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Promotional Materials

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Lever Rukhin
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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
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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


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Sandra Oh
Executive Producer


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Shirley Vercruysse
Producer (NFB)


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Michael Fukushima
Producer & Executive Producer (NFB)


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Sandra Oh
Rosie


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Nancy Kwan
Gloria


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Shohreh Aghdashloo
Mehrnaz


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Camyar Chaichian
Cyrus


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Omid Abtahi
Ramin


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Navid Negahban
Amir/Mehran


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Ellen Page
Kelly


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Kristen Thomson
Caroline


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Eddy Ko
Stephen


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Don McKellar
Dietmar


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Payman Maadi
Payman


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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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