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Red Star Alley

2024 2 min
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A vine takes root in old Beijing, witnessing the passage of time in a traditional hutong as this neighbourhood undergoes radical transformation.

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Red Star Alley
  • Hothouse
    2024 14 editions
    Short, surprising and always entertaining! Watch a collection of one-minute animated shorts from our Hothouse animation mentorship program, past and present.



A vine takes root in old Beijing, witnessing the passage of time in a traditional hutong—part of an urban fabric that’s fast disappearing as the city undergoes radical transformation. Making ingenious use of backlit cut-outs, Jenny Yujia Shi crafts an animated elegy to a vanishing way of life.
  • writer
    Jenny Yujia Shi
  • director
    Jenny Yujia Shi
  • animator
    Jenny Yujia Shi
  • mentoring director
    Andrea Dorfman
  • editing
    Jesse Rivière
  • sound design
    Vid Cousins
  • music
    Martin Cesar
  • voice
    tigris sakda
    Sophia Zhang
    Yue Qi
  • technical direction
    Mathieu Tremblay
    Vincent McCurley
  • technical animation support
    Alexandre Roy
    Johanne Ste-Marie
    Christopher MacIntosh
  • technical coordination
    Luc Binette
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • online editing
    Serge Verreault
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • mix
    Geoffrey MacKay
  • studio operations manager
    Camille Fillion
  • studio administration
    Victoria Angell
  • production coordination
    Dominique Forget
    Omorose Osagie
    Lucia Corak
  • marketing
    Geneviève Bérard
    Judith Lessard-Bérubé
    Jolène Lessard
  • publicist
    Nadine Viau
  • associate producer
    Anne Koizumi
  • producer
    Maral Mohammadian
  • executive producer
    Robert McLaughlin

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