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John and Michael

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A gentle tale of love told in halting words. A film about healing after profound loss.

John and Michael pays homage to two men with Down's syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Animated with clay backlit on glass, the film shimmers like stained glass in motion. Narrator Brian Davis, also intellectually challenged, brings the men alive with great sensitivity. The audience shares in the various emotions that infuse their everyday living.

John and Michael, by its artistry, rises above society's traditional ideas around disability, sexuality and death. When the heart is touched, differences melt. Love is what defines humanity.

2004, 10 min 28 s

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Honorable Mention
Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
October 13 to 22 2006, Seattle - USA

Jury Prize - Category: Shorts
OutFlix Film Festival - International GLBT Film Festival
August 4 to 10 2006, Memphis - USA

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Animation
Yorkton Film Festival
May 25 to 28 2006, Yorkton - Canada

Doxa Short Documentary Award
Doxa - Documentary Film and Video Festival
May 23 to 28 2006, Vancouver - Canada

JWR Award for Best Original Screenwriting
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
May 18 to 28 2006, Toronto - Canada

Short Film Award
Pink Apple Film Festival
May 4 to 21 2006, Zurich - Switzerland

Silver Remi Award
WorldFest - International Film Festival
April 21 to May 1 2006, Houston - USA

Award for Best Animated Short
Cinequest
March 1 to 12 2006, San Jose - USA

Award - Category: Animation 10 - 30 minutes on a theme of disability
Picture This Film Festival
February 6 to 10 2006, Calgary - Canada

Special Distinction Award by Jury Classe L CAV
Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma d'Animation
November 14 to 22 2005, Wissembourg - France

Honorable Mention - Catégorie: Arts
International Film and Video Festival
November 9 to 13 2005, Columbus - USA

Best Animated Short Award
Q Cinema: Forth Worth's Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
May 19 to 22 2005, Fort Worth - USA

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