In this award-winning animation-documentary, we meet two unusual artists. Ryan Larkin was once a brilliant filmmaker who ended up on the streets in Montreal. Chris Landreth is a rising star in animation beginning to experience the kind of adulation Larkin received decades earlier.
Laurence Green is a documentary filmmaker whose productions present
provocative and poetic images from the archival footage and home movies of our
collective memories and explore notions of family, personal history and Canadian
identity politics. His autobiographical documentary Reconstruction won eight major
film awards at festivals from Ann Arbor to Leipzig, including best short film at the
1995 Toronto International Film Festival. Green's best-known film is Alter Egos
(NFB), made in collaboration with Oscar-winner Chris Landreth, on the story of
Icarus-like Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. He has also directed episodes for
documentary series for TVO, History Television and the LIFE Network. Laurence
Green has written for a number of film magazines and has served on the boards of
numerous arts organizations and lobby groups, Prior to York, he taught in
Swaziland, southern Africa, and at McMaster University, Hamilton. He joined the
faculty in York's Film Department in 1997.
Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series Nomination – Gemini Awards 2005 – Canada