‘McLaren’s Negatives’ by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

We love animated films about animators… here’s an animated portrait of Scots – Canadian animator Norman Mclaren. Featured in ‘Crossing Identities Best of Anima doc at Doc Leipzig‘ programmed by Annegret Richter.

McLaren’s Negatives is a short animated documentary directed by French Canadian filmmaker Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre. The film is a study of the Canadian animator Norman McLaren, and his personal view of film making. The short film won several awards, including the 2007 Jutra Award for best animated short film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCXT-iHmZYc

‘Tying your own shoes’ by Shira Avni

 

Beautiful and sensitive mix of live action and animation. The link below is for the trailer and download for the film.

This short documentary is an intimate glimpse into the exceptional mindsets and emotional lives of four adult artists with Down Syndrome. An artful, four-way essay about ability, this animated film explores how it feels to be a little bit unusual.

http://www.nfb.ca/film/tying_your_own_shoes_trailer/

‘Louise’ by Anita Lebeau

The detailed characterisation in this film is beautiful.

This animated short is an ode to Louise, a fiercely independent 96-year old inspired by animator Anita Lebeau’s grandmother. Speaking in her own voice, Louise takes us through a day in her busy life near the town of Bruxelles, in rural Manitoba. Between coping with garden gophers and reaching cupboards that have grown taller, Louise’s plans sometimes miscarry, her sense of humour is foolproof.

http://www.nfb.ca/film/louise_en