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2012 AWN Oscar Showcase

Written and Directed by: Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Running Time: 13:30
Release Date: 2011
Technique: Gouache on paper, digitally composited
Produced by: Marcy Page and Bonnie Thompson

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Alberta, 1909. The wide open prairies of the wild west. Enter a well-tailored young Englishman, fresh from the old country. He's been sent to try his hand at ranching but his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. As the golden prairie summer turns to fall, it becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. Borrowing playfully from the western, the nature documentary and eyewitness reportage, this short animated film offers a fresh, wry take on the Canadian frontier experience. By contrasting details as delicate as a teacup with the immensity of the prairie sky, the clash between civilization and wilderness is starkly rendered. Wild Life is about the beauty of the untamed prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context.

Additional Notes

Executive Producer: David Christensen and David Verrall
Music by: Judith Gruber-Stitzer

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