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Flutter - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB539253
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Michael Fukushima, Howie Shia, David Verrall
Directors:  Howie Shia
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal), PPF House (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Family Studies/Home Economics, Media and Communications, Social Issues, Social Studies
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2006
Running Time:  6:52

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How big is the world? Searching for an answer, a young boy waves goodbye to his classmates, hops the schoolyard fence and disappears into the city, swallowed by the din and decadence of its machines and masses and automobiles. Back at school, amidst a crowd of confused onlookers, the runaway's best friend, a young artist, smiles and waves goodbye with equal parts understanding and expectation: she is biding her time, preparing for her own adventure to begin.

In Flutter, award-winning artist and illustrator Howie Shia marries traditional and digital media with a mish-mash score of jazz, electronics and sampling to create an urban fairy tale that sets to reclaim the contemporary world as fertile ground for epic adventure and romance. This is not a story about humble beginnings, but about two school kids with ambition and love so potent that they reinvent the landscape as endless canvases; infinite mazes. A film without words.

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