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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
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
> 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
Canada, 0'37, 2010 (NL)
Canada, 0'28, 2012 (NL)
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.
Lockdown 2013 Trailer
Canada, 0'20, 2013 (NL)
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.
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”.
Canada, 0'05, 2010 (NL)
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.
Into The House Of Knowledge
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.
Canada, 3'00, 2005 (NL)
Folk Tunes like you have never seen them
before. An idiosyncratic herd of sketchbook images coming out to play.
The Water Is Sick, The World Is Sick
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.
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.
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
Canada, 2'21, 2010 (NL)
Life comes in many crazy shapes and forms.
And so does it’s food and deformations!
All Things Possible
Canada, 2'05, 2006 (Singing)
A gentle song brought to life by animation
crafted with an equally gentle raw, simple elegance.
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.
Life And Death Of Wiggly Chew
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.
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
Canada, 3'57, 2010 (NL)
A colourful and hypnotic experimental
film blending shapes and animated cycles into a beguiling and unique
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.
And The Space Between
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
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.