Wednesday, 1 August 2012

C’est La Vie: The Chris J. Melynchuk Story

C’est La Vie: The Chris J. Melynchuk Story
Various artists
Calgary 2011 Animation, 7:00

C’est La Vie: The Chris J. Melnychuk Story documents the award-winning animator’s (Alien, Zap Girl Makes Toast) battle with tongue cancer.  Building on live footage from Chris’s last, unfinished film, C’est La Vie was created posthumously through the collaboration of 19 animators from Quickdraw Animation in Calgary, Canada.  To honor Chris’ legacy, all proceeds from the project go towards supporting the Chris J. Melnychuk Memorial Scholarship – encouraging emerging animators to develop their artistic practice.

Chris was a Calgary-based award winning visual artist and filmmaker.  A long standing member at Quickdraw Animation, Chris joined the society in 1997, and dedicated his time to creating animation, teaching, and serving on the Quickdraw Board of Directors, and has since achieved an Honorary Membership for his dedication to the community.  His award winning animated films, Alien and Zap Girl Makes Toast, have toured worldwide, and he had a long-standing commitment to mentoring young artists and animators.

C’est La Vie was collaboratively completed by 19 animators from Quickdraw Animation Society (est. 1984 – Calgary Canada)  - a non-profit, artist-run center with a mandate to facilitate education, production, and appreciation of independent animation.