(May 27, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) Minotaur, the latest 3D short by Genie Award-winning National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animator Munro Ferguson, will have its world premiere in Toronto over three nights, June 7–9, when it kicks off performances by Kid Koala at TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of this city`s Luminato Festival.
Kid Koala, who provided original music for Minotaur, will be performing at TIFF Bell Lightbox from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On June 8, audience members can also join Kid Koala and Munro Ferguson for a talk following the concert. Admission for each show is $35.
Winner of a Genie for Best Animated Short for the 2003 NFB stereoscopic film Falling in Love Again, Ferguson is a world leader in developing new creative applications for the Sandde 3D drawing system developed by IMAX Corporation. Minotaur is Ferguson’s latest creation to explore the artistic potential of this revolutionary made-in-Canada animation technology.
“I wanted to see if I could tell a narrative purely with abstract images and sound,” said the filmmaker. “The story had to be something everyone could understand. I was inspired by my old professor, Northrop Frye, and his interpretation of the hero’s quest. My job is weird. I sit in a dark room, wearing 3D glasses in front of a four-metre screen. I wave a wand around in a magnetic field to draw in space. Out of this comes an animated film.” Ferguson was clear in giving credit where credit is due, “I think the NFB is the only place in the world where this would be considered a normal day at work.”
In Minotaur, Ferguson sweeps viewers through a series of powerful sensations as the mythic hero experiences the seven stages of the classic archetypal path. The seven-minute film is scored by Kid Koala and produced for the NFB’s Animation Studio by Marcy Page. Minotaur draws its inspiration from a previous NFB breakthrough: the immersive experience In the Labyrinth, created for Expo ’67 in Montreal