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Black Gold

Black Gold

| 1 min
2011 7 films

Short, surprising and always entertaining! Watch a collection of one-minute animated shorts from our Hothouse animation mentorship program, past and present.


This animated short employs hand-drawn animation layered over stop-motion sequences of moving ink on drumskins to create a striking, mournful portrait of the Alberta tar sands.

Produced as part of the 7th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • writer
    Aimée van Drimmelen
  • director
    Aimée van Drimmelen
  • mentoring director
    Luigi Allemano
  • composer
    Darren Fung
  • musician
    Darren Fung
    Anna Sampson
  • editor
    Jelena Popovic
  • sound editor
    Luigi Allemano
  • digital imaging
    Susan Gourley
    Randall Finnerty
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • on-line
    Denis Gathelier
  • technical co-ordination
    Julie Laperrière
    Steve Hallé
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Elaine Largie
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima
  • associate producer
    Maral Mohammadian


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Ages 13 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities

Discuss forms of recreation that encourage protection of the environment, and those that encourage the development and exploitation of resources. Discuss the various methods of natural-resource extraction and their impact on the life forms that depend on the environments affected by these processes. Ask students to write a persuasive piece that argues for or against extracting oil from bituminous sands (tar sands) and to create an art piece that illustrates their argument.

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