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DRAWING, A

What to know: Beautifully constructed.
DRAWING, A is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 6-18
5.5 minutes
VIDEO
BRAD CONDIE
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Recommended. This beautifully constructed animation short is made from hand-drawn animation, taking pencil drawn images and turning them into beautiful animation in the tradition of the early 1900's animation. I love that. It truly is almost a lost art that this film follows. In this unique short, we see a child dealing with the loss of his mother. Although there is no dialogue and the images are in black and white, it holds your attention the entire time. The story moves seamlessly, making it easy for viewers to create their own interpretation of the story. In its five plus minutes, the story delivers all the nuances of a good film. The story starts out somewhat melancholy, as we see the boy at his mother's funeral. We all know that losing a beloved parent isn't an easy subject for anyone. Yet, the story perks up when the bird comes to the boy, turning him into a bird himself so that he might have one last visit with his mother. We rejoice as he learns to use his wings. The expressions on the young boy's face are so heartfelt. You feel the pain of his loss and the ecstasy of being with his mother one last time. The original score by Mina Keohane is so appropriate - sad and melancholy at times, joyful at others. The director/writer/producer, Brad Condie has such delicate control of his craft. His artistry alone makes this worth viewing. For anyone who has ever lost a parent or dear friend, this brings a spirit of joyfulness in its simplicity and love. I high recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 6 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
A young boy misses the chance to say goodbye to his dying Mother. Through his deep desire to reconnect to her and the beneficence of the universe he is allowed to see her again. A drawing done by the boy is his final gift to her.
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