Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 15:00
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:00
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 11:45
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:45
Vancity Theatre (Sunday and Thursday)
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Roundhouse Community Centre (Monday)
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Jeff Chiba Stearns and friends

A roster of artists displays the full spectrum of Canadian animation talent as each animates a single diary entry using nothing other than a black marker and some yellow sticky notes. 

Featuring animation from the original Anijam creator Marv Newland along with Oscar® winners Alison Snowden and David Fine and Academy® Award nominees Cordell Barker, Janet Perlman, Chris Hinton, and Paul Driessen. For the film, animators were asked to self-reflect through animation on personal and global events that impacted one day of their lives. Each of the animators created their sequences independent of knowing what the other participants were creating. Starting with a 'to do' list written on the day of a life-altering event, the animators transitioned from text to imagery by utilizing 'animation meditation' to create a visual animated poem representing how their lives were affected by that pivotal day. In the end, the thousands of sticky note drawings link together to create a dynamic and inspirational animated film that connects the human spirit while celebrating individual artistic expression with the goal of inspiring future generations of animators.

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Director's Bio: 
Jeff Chiba Stearns is an award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker, illustrator and writer. Born in Kelowna, BC, of Japanese and European heritage, he graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a degree in Film Animation (2001). Soon after, he founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. specializing in the creation of animated and documentary films and innovative animated commercials. His studio has won 32 awards including a Webby Award in 2011 and an Emmy® nomination in 2012. His short animated film Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), winner of the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival was animated with just a black pen on over 2300 sticky notes and is the official selection of over 80 international film festivals, winning 10 awards. Yellow Sticky Notes was also one of the first films acquired by YouTube’s Screening Room and has since achieved over 1.8 million views.