Maq and the Spirit of the Woods

Maq and the Spirit of the Woods

                                Maq and the Spirit of the Woods
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This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi'kmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi'gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter, and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he's found through his creation. Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children's stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.

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Maq and the Spirit of the Woods, Phyllis Grant, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Phyllis Grant
  • animator
    Phyllis Grant
  • writer
    Phyllis Grant
  • storyteller
    Gilbert Sewell
  • original music
    Normand Roger
  • sound design
    Normand Roger
  • original music - collaboration
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • sound design - collaboration
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • singer
    Gilbert Sewell
  • flute
    Michel Dubeau
  • animation assistance
    Lillian Chan
    Stephanie Duong
    Rick Knowles
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
    Benoît Chagnon
  • lead infographist
    Randall Finnerty
  • infographist
    Jason Smalridge
    Catherine Lafortune
    Neerajkumar Patel
  • actuality cinematography
    John Walker
  • cast
    River Caplin
    Christopher Grant
    Felicia Grant
    Tristan Grant
    Ava Sewell
  • off-line editing
    Jason Grant
    Jason Lee
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • voice recording
    Ralf Cassidy Bindels
    Alex Salter
  • re-recording
    Luc Léger
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • scanning
    Jean-Marc Brosseau
    Pierre Landry
  • technical coordination
    Patricia Coughran
    Samuel Lambert
    Julie Laperrière
    Richard Lesage
    Jelena Popovic
  • studio administration
    John William Lutz
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
  • marketing
    Hélène Tanguay
    Melissa Wheeler
  • executive producer
    Kent Martin
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Kent Martin
    Michael Fukushima

  • None

    Simply enthralling, moving and meaningful lesson of the importance of keeping our personal power on hand through life. Thanks Phyllis and Elder Sewell.

    None, 4 Jun 2022
  • Gary

    Enjoyed watching. A story with a lesson.

    Gary, 3 Feb 2022
  • Hernan

    Really nice tale. Excellent music and animation.

    Hernan, 26 Nov 2010

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