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Looking for a Place to Happen
Publication date: 2008
Total pages: 264
ISBN: 9780 86196 688 2
Price: £ 16.99
In 2007, writer Chris Robinson traveled across Canada to meet with some
of the country’s leading independent animation filmmakers. Along the
way, Robinson muses about the animation art form in Canada and his own
relationship to the scene and personalities, many of whom are friends
and colleagues. As he travels from place to place he carries along his
own private (and sometimes not-so private) struggles with insomnia,
depression, identity, cab drivers, hobos and nobos and the shocking
murder of animator Helen Hill, whose life and work embody many of the
themes that colour these conversations.
With the intimate detail of a diary, Canadian Animation: Looking for
a Place to Happen weaves together history, memoir and dream into a
mesmerizing and candid portrait of Canadian animation, art, doing,
drifting and dying.
Lavishly illustrated, the book’s cast includes award-winning animators Marv Newland (Bambi Meets Godzilla), Chris Landreth (Ryan), Chris Hinton (Nibbles), David Fine (Bob and Margaret, Ricky Sprocket), Wendy Tilby (When the Day Breaks), Anne-Marie Fleming, Torill Kove (The Danish Poet), Claude Cloutier (Sleeping Betty), Janet Perlman (Why Me?) and many more.
2 - In the Beginning was the end and in the end was the beginning
4 - Vancouver
5 - Calgary
6 - Halifax
7 - Toronto
8 - Montreal
9 - Home
10 - To Sleep
Chris Robinson is an Ottawa-based author and the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). A noted animation commentator, curator, and historian, Robinson is a leading expert on Canadian and international independent animation. His books include: Estonian Animation: Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy (2006), Unsung Heroes of Animation (2005), Stole This From a Hockey Card: A Philosophy of Hockey, Doug Harvey, Identity & Booze (2005), and The Animation Pimp (2007).