1. Downriver is a film that deals with the end of an important part of a man's life. It speaks of loss and grief, but is not an elegy. It is a celebration. Downriver uses poetry, music, and images to show how an inexhaustible responsiveness to nature creates a sense of possibilities; hope.
    The vector to this new life is the beautiful dog, Niva, a Malinois. Her name comes from the Celtic goddess Nimah, usually pronounced Neeve -- though there are many variations! The myth of this goddess of the green wood is about the impossibility of resisting change. In the green and gold images Downriver projects on the screen, in the poetry, in the haunting music, in the movement and grace of a loving creature and fellow being, Downriver causes a rising of the heart. The audience experiences a sense of wonder, or call it the Grandeur of God: the numinous. Downriver is about attachment. It confirms a deep attachment to our fellow beings and creation. No matter how desperate and alone one creature may feel, that is not the way of things. There is connection. If the film speaks of what is past, passing, and to come, it confirms that Creation looks after its own and everything is brought around, full circle. This is a film that is not abstract in any way. It is particular, yet its language, images and music are wide as all the world.

    M.T. Kelly
    Niva the Malinois

    Directed by
    Judith Keenan
    with M.T. Kelly

    Cat Cappuccio
    Aria Evans

    Paul Hart
    Aria Evans, CMPA Trainee

    Niva Footage
    Courtesy M.T. Kelly

    Sound Editor
    Mike Filippov


    Candlelight baroque
    By freddiehangoler

    Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No 11 in A Major
    By Handel Premiere Classics, Getty Images

    Produced by BookShorts Literacy Program
    For MovingStories.TV

    M.T. Kelly

    With the support of Canadian Heritage, Canada Book Fund

    Inspired by the book
    By M.T. Kelly
    Published by Exile Editions

    (c) 2013 Copyright BookShorts Literacy Program

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  2. This video follows the making of the BookShorts animated short adapted from author Pauline Couture's non-fiction book, ICE Beauty Danger History, including an interview with director Daniel Borins.

    For the short film, and more book videos visit movingstories.tv

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  3. This BookShort animated film, narrated in French by author Pauline Couture, is based on the non-fiction book of the same name. It has been adapted by auteur Daniel Borins with animator Oli Goldsmith. It is a wide-ranging adventure of the mind, exploring the subject from the heavy to the light, from the curious to the significant, from the quirky to the sublime. It mines the power of multi-layered collage, provocative narration and hauntingly evocative music score to address the breadth, scale and scope of Couture's seminal book.

    For more book videos, visit movingstories.tv

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  4. A Life’s Passion is the biography of author James McCreath, who turned his real-life story into a book of epic proportions, RENALDO.

    In this short film, James`fiction is imagined in brilliant animated sequences by director Gary Thomas, staying cinematically true to the sweeping historical fiction that McCreath honed through seven years of diligent research, astute political observation, and the dedication of a zealous sports fan.

    Woven into the poignant tapestry of James’ life, echoing the incredible stamina required to distill twists of fate into a cogent story, Thomas captures McCreath’s personal credo that without faith, hope and passion, life is a tragedy.

    Produced by BookShorts Literacy Program, in collaboration with Crush Inc., and CBC. Premiered at Miami Short Film Fest, Philadelphia First Glance, Moving Stories Films. For more info, contact production-at-bookshorts-dot-com

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  5. Connected by debilitating memories, bottomless drinks, and the pretext of being strangers, Phil and Jay play out a darkly comic ritual in an effort to redeem themselves, and each other, of a shameful childhood incident.

    Cutting between live action performed by an award-winning cast and ingenuous animation whose simplicity belies the impact of the incident it reveals, Pavane portrays both the loss of innocence and a subtle hint at the boys’ fragile potential for a new beginning.

    Paul Quarrington

    Geraint Wyn-Davies
    Ted Dykstra
    Jennifer Podemski
    Michelle Latimer

    D. Gregor Hagey

    Chris Minos

    Gary Thomas

    David Gray

    Glenda del Monte Escalante

    Ross Turnbull

    Judith Keenan

    ISBN 9780307356147

    Produced by BookShorts Inc., in association with Fizzy Dreams Inc., Crush Inc., CTV’s Bravo!FACT Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), ACTRA Toronto Performers TIP Programme.

    # vimeo.com/18094863 Uploaded 114 Plays 0 Comments

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