Animated documentary uses innovation in image and sound to portray famed inventor Nikola Tesla.
Montreal -- The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has announced The Tesla World Light, an animated short directed by Matthew Rankin, is now streaming free of charge worldwide on NFB.ca, Facebook and YouTube. The film has won 10 awards and screened as an official selection at numerous international festivals. Its world premiered was at the 56th annual Cannes Film Festival's Semaine de la Critique and its North American premier was at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The Tesla World Light was produced at the NFB by Julie Roy. Named one of Vimeo’s “Staff Pick Premieres,” this experimental film is about inventor Nikola Tesla, and his final appeal to his onetime benefactor, J.P. Morgan. The short is a burst of image and sound that draws as much from the tradition of avant-garde cinema as it does from animated documentary.
Filmmaker Matthew Rankin, originally from Winnipeg, is now based in Montreal. The Tesla World Light is his second NFB film; the first was The Radical Expeditions of Walter Boudreau (2015). His short film Mynarski Death Plummet received an award in the "Off Limits" competition at Annecy in 2015.
Source: National Film Board of Canada