Dir: Jonathan Ng | Canada 2007 | 4:17 | BetacamSP | Director In Attendance
Playing with bboying and turntables, Kid Koala and Jonathan Ng team up to draw attention to Montreal’s underground music scene. When the director was forced to quit bboying due to a skin related illness, he turned to animation, which allowed his love for the urban dance to find an alternative outlet.
Jonathan Ng was born in Toronto and inspired by Saturday morning cartoons. As a child, drawing helped him get through his frequent hospital stays. Ng’s first professional film Asthma Tech was produced by Michael Fukushima at the NFB Animation studio in Montreal.
Dir. Thomas Lieu, Nori | Canada 2007 | 12:00 | DigiBeta | Canadian Premiere | Directors In Attendance
Fierce, like a roundhouse kick? To impress his new lady friend, Carl asks Wang for help on getting a unique “ethnic” tattoo. Retaliating against Carl’s racist implications, Wang decides he’ll teach Carl a little cultural lesson about orientalism.
Thomas Lieu (Co-Director and Editor) is based out of Toronto, graduated from Ryerson University and has edited numerous commercials and music videos throughout his career.
Nori (Co-Director and Writer) was born in Hong Kong and brought up in Toronto. He started out as a storyboard artist in advertising and is now exploring the world of narrative film through writing and directing.
Dir: Tiffany Hsiung | Canada 2007 | 8:27 | DigiBeta | Director In Attendance | In English, Vietnamese, Spanish, Tagalog, French with English Subtitles
Everyday we cross paths with people from all different cultures and backgrounds. Interweaving four humbling stories about people’s lives before immigrating to Canada, Hsiung looks for what unifies immigrants whether they are from Vietnam, Mexico, Philippines or Rwanda. Binding Borders recently won the Best Toronto Focus Film Award at the Cabbagetown Film Festival and is in the CBC Radio International Digital Diversity Competition.
Tiffany Hsiung was born in Toronto and graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. Tiffany strives to create awareness through entertaining films for all audiences.
Dir: Alison Reiko Loader | Canada 2007 | 10:57 | 35MM | North American Premiere
“I just keep thinking, does my other mom love me?” In a shopping cart full of fruity characters, Roots is a playful skit on the highly sensitive issue of adoption disclosure. Roots was written by Paul Bellini of the legendary comedy troupe Kids in the Hall, and voiced by an all-star comedic cast, including ex-Kids Scott Thompson and Mark McKinney.
Alison Reiko Loader (herself an adoptee) studied traditional animation at Concordia University. Active in Montreal’s Japanese Canadian community, she moved to Japan for two years, where she worked for clients such as Playstation, Sony, and Mitsubishi. Alison returned to Concordia University to teach digital animation.
Dir: Naomi Ward | Canada 2007 | 8:30 | BetacamSP | World Premiere | Director in Attendance
What are you: Chinese? Filipino? Moroccan? Burmese? Korean? Gypsy? Guatemalan? Thai? Tibetan? Maori? Spanish? Cuban? Japanese??? Inspired by her experiences growing up, Ward reflects on what feels like a lifetime of never ending questions about her ethnic identity.
Naomi Ward is a graduate from York University. Recently she was nominated for the Ryerson University Cesar Screenwriting Award and is a past winner of the Reel Asian and Charles Street Video Hear Me! See Me! Pitch Me! Competition.
Dir: Kun-I Chang | USA 2006 | 5:00 | BetaCam SP
Fission is a motion graphic animation about a man who struggles with himself and the graffiti on the wall.
Kun-I Chang is a New York based motion graphic designer whose art practice includes animation, video, and drawing. In his recent work Fission, Chang combines video shooting, 2D motion graphic animation, and rotoscoping techniques.
Dir: Ben Wu | USA 2006 | Betacam SP | Canadian Premiere
Capturing the subtleties and dilemmas of life inside the studio, Wu paints an inspiring portrait about the artists who work at Creativity Explored, a centre for people with developmental disabilities.
Ben Wu is originally from San Francisco and received his BA at UC San Diego in Media Methods/Film Studies, and his MA from the Documentary Film Program at Stanford University.
– Heather Keung