This experimental short animation is inspired by the NFB's Studio D (1975-1994), a production department aimed at creating filmmaking opportunities for women in Canada. Featuring a rhythmic soundscape and paint-on-glass animation, Assembly shows a woman’s hands cutting and editing a reel of film on a flatbed editing table as fragments of women walking in chains, protesting with placards, and speaking at podiums are inter-cut. We hear bursts of words and the percussive whir and click of the Steenbeck—until a “message” is finally revealed. The film is dedicated to the memory of Kathleen Shannon, a prominent editor and one-time Executive Producer of Studio D.

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Jenn Strom
Jenn Strom
Jenn Strom
Tracey Friesen
hand painted animation
Jenn Strom
original score
Gordon Cobb
sound design
Gordon Cobb
director of photography
Kim MacNaughton
Sylvia Mezei
executive producer
Tracey Friesen


  • VroomFondle

    “That was very well done in the tradition of the Canadian demacracy movement. Bravo! Bravo! ” — VroomFondle, 2 Mar 2013


    “Message heard and seen!” — PAMCGOLDRICK, 1 Mar 2013

  • KarinLisaAtkinson

    “I enjoyed this film very much. Thank you for creating it and presenting to the world to see.” — KarinLisaAtkinson, 1 Mar 2013

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