Thursday, September 5th, Grand Hall, 7:30 p.m.
In the middle of a crowded bar, Charles finds himself feeling increasingly desperate. The cause of his misery is an old friend he’s just run into—his old friend...you know...what’shis- name... Directed by Chris Landreth, the filmmaker behind the Oscar®- winning short Ryan, Subconscious Password uses a common social gaffe—forgetting somebody’s name—as the startingpoint for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious. Inspired by the classic American TV game show Password, the film features a wealth of animated celebrity guests, plusCharles’s mother and his childhood babysitter, who try (and try, and try) to prompt him to remember his friend’s name. Charles, Landreth’s alter ego, somehow fails to grasp even the most obvious clues. As his frustration increases, the film’s 3-D effects become more pronounced, mirroring his growing psychological imbalance. Finally, he realizes he will simply have to surrender himself to his predicament. Subconscious Password is a playful and irreverent take on a familiar experience. It may not help you jog your own memory, but it’ll make you more inclined to forgive yourself for struggling with the dreaded question: “What’s his name?What’s his name?”
Chris Landreth is one of Canada’s most celebrated animation directors and the creator of a style he calls “psychorealism.” Landreth studied theoretical and applied mechanics before taking up animation. His first short film, The Listener, was released in 1991. It was followed by the Oscar®-nominated the end (1995) and the Genie winner Bingo (1996). In 2004, the NFB released Landreth’s film Ryan, which won more than 60 awards, including the 2005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, as well as prizes at Cannes and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Landreth’s animated short The Spine (2009) continued his exploration of the human psyche. It was nominated for a Genie and was named one of Canada’s top 10 films of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival. Striking a lighter tone than his earlier films, Subconscious Password continues to demonstrate his remarkable evolution as an artist.
Writen and Directed by CHRIS LANDRETH
Feat uring DON McKELLAR, JOHN DILWORTH
Original Music DANIEL JANKE
Sound Design ANDY MALCOLM, PIERRE YVES DRAPEAU
Animation Direction SEAN CRAIG
Producers MARCY PAGE, MARK SMITH
Executive Producers RODDY McMANUS, STEVEN HOBAN, MARK JONES
Produced by THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
with the pa rticipation of SENECA COLLEGE ANIMATION ARTS CENTRE
and COPPERHEART ENTERTAINMENT