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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Film Credits

performer
Petra Tolley
director
Shira Avni
writer
Shira Avni
performer
Matthew Brotherwood
Daninah Cummins
Kenneth Freeman
Amy Glass
Nicholas Herd
Aldene Hussett
Katherine Newton
Angela Radford
Sean Rowley
Katy Sparling
Katie Tanner
Paul Wong
original drawings
Petra Tolley
animation
Shira Avni
Paul Tom
choreography
Shira Avni
Petra Tolley
cinematography
Carrie Haber
editing
Carrie Haber
sound design
Luigi Allemano
original music
Luigi Allemano
foley
Karla Baumgardner
re-recording
Shelley Craig
producer
Shira Avni
Michael Fukushima

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