Petra's Poem

Petra's Poem

                                Petra's Poem
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In this short film, Toronto artist Petra Tolley, who has Down syndrome, performs a soliloquy that encapsulates her distinctive take on the social self. Drawing from her emotional experiences, she illustrates what it feels like to be “in the middle.” Employing rotoscopy, hand-drawn animation techniques and subtle stereoscopic 3D, the film captures Petra as she engages the camera with unflinching directness and dignity.

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Petra's Poem, Shira Avni, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • poem writing
    Petra Tolley
  • performer
    Petra Tolley
    Matthew Brotherwood
    Daninah Cummins
    Kenneth Freeman
    Amy Glass
    Nicholas Herd
    Aldene Hussett
    Katherine Newton
    Angela Radford
    Sean Rowley
    Katy Sparling
    Katie Tanner
    Paul Wong
  • director
    Shira Avni
  • writer
    Shira Avni
  • original drawings
    Petra Tolley
  • animation
    Shira Avni
    Paul Tom
  • additional animation
    Dominique Doktor
    Han Han Li
  • choreography
    Shira Avni
    Petra Tolley
  • cinematography
    Carrie Haber
  • editing
    Carrie Haber
  • lighting
    Robert DiVito
  • studio
    Robert DiVito
  • camera assistant
    Dan Thornhill
    Paul Tom
  • sound design
    Luigi Allemano
  • original music
    Luigi Allemano
  • musician
    Lina Allemano
    Luigi Allemano
    Timothy Bruce Halliday
    Maude Lussier
    Madeleine Messier
    Christian Prévost
    Julie Triquet
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • post-production
    Éloi Champagne
    Randall Finnerty
    Denis Gathelier
    Susan Gourley
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Mathieu Leroux
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Mathieu Leroux
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • stereoscopic 3D
    Benoît Chagnon
    Munro Ferguson
    Kyler Kelly
    Paul Kroitor
    Maral Mohammadian
    Isabelle Painchaud
  • technical coordination
    Steve Hallé
    Julie Laperrière
  • administration
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Elaine Largie
  • executive producer
    Roddy McManus
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Shira Avni
    Michael Fukushima

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