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Shannon Amen

filmmaker : Chris Dainty
Composer : Shannon Jamieson
Canada, 2019
Production : Maral Mohammadian (NFB)



The passionate and pained expressions of a young woman overwhelmed by guilt and anxiety as she struggles to reconcile her sexual identity with her religious faith. A loving elegy to a friend lost to suicide.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival 2020

Tënk's film review

One of the most amazing formal propositions resulting in a very beautiful and very moving film. The alternating formats (real images, graphic effects, photos, and dramatised situations) illustrate the complicity between the author and his protagonist. Shannon, an artist herself, contributes to this multiform creation with the many works she left behind, with her songs and writing. And to describe the fragility of this young woman, the director goes as far as setting himself the challenge of filming animated sequences of sheer ice! It is all very subtle until the epilogue, which lets us gauge for ourselves the need for this love poem.

Jean-Marie Barbe
Producer, Editorial Coordinator of Tënk and Co-founder of the États Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas

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Chris Dainty

Chris Dainty is a director, animator, ice carver, and college professor from Ottawa, Ontario. In 2006, he co-founded Dainty Productions, Inc., a high-end 2D animation studio for film, TV, mobile, console, and interactive experiences. In addition, Chris teaches in the Illustration and Concept Art program at Algonquin College. In 2015, he co-directed and animated the short film "One Last Dream", which screened at several international festivals. His most recent work, "Shannon Amen" (produced by the National Film Board of Canada), is his most personal project to date. This loving elegy to his late friend Shannon Jamieson combines 2D animation with icemation — stop-motion animation that uses large-scale ice sculptures. Chris is a member of the Canadian Ice Carvers Society and produces large-scale ice sculptures for Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival.

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