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'Bird Calls': Malcolm Sutherland

Based in Calgary, the Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) stands as one of the most valuable organisations in the indie Canadian animation community. Since 1980 this artist-run film co-op has proved to be a valuable hitching post for a supremely talented, fiercely independent and often courageously experimental posse of animators to learn, develop and refine their filmmaking free of any constraints. As a result of a forensic search of the vast QAS archive, we have brought together TWO very special programs in tribute and celebration of QAS.

This extensive retrospective of some of the best films to come from within the QAS stable shows just how important it has been to nurture the true independent spirit of the Canadian animation scene. Fun, anarchic films happily rub shoulders with sublime abstract works. Hand-drawn cartoons share space with cameraless films. This is what grassroots, independent, auteur animation is all about.

This program brings together the most important talons of QAS’s embrace of and commitment to the art, the appreciation and the makers of animation. The program line-up first glimpses into the legendary workshops that QAS stages for first time, inexperienced ‘animators’. It then travels on to the workshops and co-operative/collective projects that have been made up of more experienced and established animators (often graduates of the former). And it finishes up with a sampling of the QAS alumni that have taken so much of what they harvested within the fertile plains of the QAS homeland and gone out into the wider world and continued on their own diverse paths.

SL: Spoken Language / NL: No language / Sub: Subtitles


Also see:
> Quickdraw Animation Society 30th Anniversary Retrospective: Sat 28 June, 6.30pm

> Workshop: Story Orgy – Kevin D.A. Kurytnik (Canada): Fri 27 June, 9.30am-4.00pm (15+)


Opening Trailer
Canada, 0'37, 2010 (NL)

AYAP Trailer
Canada, 0'28, 2012 (NL)

Zachary Medicineshield
Canada, 2'56, 2012 (SL)
Lovelife with a question mark. Combining a messy relationship meltdown with abusing hard drugs is probably not the best idea (no question mark).

Canada, 2'23, 2012 (SL)
A roll call of problems big and small that really need sorting out.

Animation Lockdown 2013 Trailer
Canada, 0'20, 2013 (NL)

5 Neat Guys
Jordan Hollenbeck, Paris Hollenbeck
Canada, 1'53, 2013 (SL)
If you ever wondered what the QAS ‘Animation Lockdown’ is actually all about, here comes the answer as seen from the inside of the beast.

In Ogre My Head
Finn Matthews, Kaitlyn Hoover, Adam Muhieddine
Canada, 2'20, 2013 (SL)
A vainglorious mashup of hard partying compadres takin’ it to the streets. As Ridley says, “don’t sweat, forget it, enjoy the show”.
YAP 2010 Trailer
Canada, 0'05, 2010 (NL)
Force Fed
Tess Sibthorpe
Canada, 1'28, 2010 (NL)
What goes up must come down and what goes in must come out. And it can make one hell of a mess when it does.
Journey Into The House Of Knowledge
Drew Demarco
Canada, 2'20, 2010 (NL)
There’s a big wide world waiting beyond of the Blah Blah on TV. Saddle the horse, take the ride.
Folk Tunes
QAS Workshop
Canada, 3'00, 2005 (NL)
Folk Tunes like you have never seen them before. An idiosyncratic herd of sketchbook images coming out to play.
When The Water Is Sick, The World Is Sick
QAS Workshop
Canada, 5'15, 1999 (NL)
A cacophonous reminder that we mess with nature at our peril as predicted by the generation who are going to feel it most.
Scratch My Shorts
QAS Workshop
Canada, 9'05, 2001 (NL)
A comprehensive roll call of QAS ‘cameraless’ coming together to do what they do best. A masterclass on the technique.
The Explorasaurs
Ian Milne
Canada, 2'07, 2011 (NL)
From a planet far, far away came a team of curious creatures intent on unlocking some of the universe’s secrets.
The Monstrosity
Martin Warszawski
Canada, 2'21, 2010 (NL)
Life comes in many crazy shapes and forms. And so does it’s food and deformations!
For All Things Possible
Elisabeth Belliveau
Canada, 2'05, 2006 (Singing)
A gentle song brought to life by animation crafted with an equally gentle raw, simple elegance.
Red Hot Drops
Chad Van Gaalen
Canada, 3'23, 2005 (Singing)
Channelling some of psychedelia’s most fanciful angels, Van Gaalen finds ample wings to take one of his most popular singles to a different level.
The Life And Death Of Wiggly Chew
Jacqueline Koehler
Canada, 2'08, 2007 (NL)
It might be tough at the top but it’s chewy at the bottom. The tough life cycle of one of the world’s most disposable products.
Dog Drawn It
Warren Leohardt
Canada, 2'48, ???? (SL)
A dog’s life might seem like a pretty simple one to figure. But give him a pencil and a whole new universe erupts.
Light Forms
Malcolm Sutherland
Canada, 3'57, 2010 (NL)
A colourful and hypnotic experimental film blending shapes and animated cycles into a beguiling and unique little universe.
Malcolm Sutherland
Canada, 2'24, 2006 (NL)
Sound made visual. Selected birdcalls are rendered into a kind of shamanic morse code played out in exquisite precision before our eyes.
Peter And The Space Between
Sitju Chou
Canada, 4'08, 2010 (SL)
There are some days like this where you commit to an idea and are completely resolved to what you are going to do. More often than not, this isn’t the case – in the end.

Walk For Walk
Amy Lockhart
Canada, 10'53, 2005 (NL)
No one sees the world in quite the same way Lockhart does and here she is at her kooky finest - getting her bizarre collection of characters to walk the walk.

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