Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ryan


Source National Film Board of Canada

This Oscar®-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who, 30 years ago, produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist's worst nightmare - having lost his ability to create and succumbing to addiction, he panhandles on the streets to make ends meet. Through the use of computer-generated characters, Landreth interviews his friend and colleague in an effort to shed light on his downward spiral. Some strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.

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In the Library:
  • Sarris, Nikos [2005] 3d modeling and animation : synthesis and analysis techniques for the human body. Hershey PA : IRM Press, [Netlibrary]
  • Grant, John [2001] Masters of Animation. New York, NY : Watson-Guptill Publications, [WorldCat]
  • Cohen, Karl. [1997] Forbidden animation : censored cartoons and blacklisted animators in America. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co. [WorldCat]
  • Sitney, P. Adams [2002] Visionary film : the American avant-garde, 1943-2000. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press. [NetLibrary]
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Pacifist Who Went to War


Source National Film Board of Canada

This documentary is the story of two Mennonite brothers from Manitoba who were forced to make a decision in 1939, as Canada joined World War II. In the face of 400 years of pacifist tradition, should they now go to war? Ted became a conscientious objector while his brother went into military service. Fifty years later, the town of Winkler dedicates its first war memorial and John begins to share his war experiences with Ted.

Resources:

In the Library:
  • Huxley, Aldous. [1937] An encyclopaedia of pacifism . New York : Harper [WorldCat]
  • Brock, Peter. [1998] Varieties of pacifism: a survey from antiquity to the outset of the twentieth century. New York: Syracuse University Press. [Netlibrary]
  • Brock, Peter [1968] Pacifism in the United States, from the colonial era to the First World War. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Payne, James. [2004] A history of force : exploring the worldwide movement against habits of coercion, bloodshed, and mayhem. Sandpoint, Idaho : Lytton Pub. Co [WorldCat]
  • Cooney, Robert. [1977] The Power of the people : active nonviolence in the United States. Culver City, Calif. : Peace Press. [WorldCat]
  • Cooper, Sandi. [1991] Patriotic pacifism : waging war on war in Europe, 1815-1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Yoder, John Howard. [1992] Nevertheless [electronic resource] : the varieties and shortcomings of religious pacifism. Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press [Netlibrary]
  • Dyck, Cornelius J. [1993] An Introduction to Mennonite history [electronic resource] : a popular history of the Anabaptists and the Mennonites. Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press. [Netlibrary]
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