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I Have a Question Patrick Doyon

In which Chris Robinson asks animation professionals profoundly inane questions about the inner workings of their existence. Today's guest is 2012 Oscar nominee ('Sunday') and illustrator of really good Quebec beers, Patrick Doyon.

Bear with Beer by Patrick Doyon

Patrick Doyon is an Academy Award nominated director based in Montreal, Canada. His first professional film Sunday (2011), produced by National Film Board of Canada, was nominated for an Oscar for best animated short in 2012. In 2015, he received the prestigious Governor General Literary Award for his first children’s book The Sandwich Thief (published by Chronicle Books). In Spring 2017, Patrick presented his first video installation titled GRRR (Georges Rémi, Relu & Remixé) at the gallery La Bande Vidéo in Quebec City.

Patrick agreed to meet me at Parc Lafontaine during a frosty January afternoon. We drank beers, chased squirrels, and made snow angels with our pee. It was, of course, a Sunday.

Doyon's beer labels for Microbrasserie du Lac St-Jean

I get the greatest pleasure from.... sun, horizon, water (salty or not), big waves. Not many people around me.

The name of my autobiography would be…. "Probably Just Beginner's Luck"

My most beloved possession is…. SNES Chrono Trigger, complete in box.

Patrick Doyon

A (non-family member) person I have high respect for is....

My former university teacher, Jean-Philippe Fauteux. He has been teaching for over 30 years, is not jaded and continues to renew himself and his methods. I meet him sporadically and his opinion counts a lot for me. He is the main reason why I love animated shorts.

The song that makes me tingle is....

"In The Garage" by Weezer

The funniest thing that happened to me….

At the end of a boozy evening, to say to a girl the Jean Gabin's famous sentence: "You have beautiful eyes you know".

Instead of answering "Kiss Me" as Michèle Morgan in the movie Le Quai des Brumes, she simply said I was stupid and she turned around.

We are together now for more than 15 years.

I’d like to be remembered as….

The winner of the 1st official Baby-Foot tournament in my secondary school.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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