Lucky number 77
In The Flying Sailor, directors Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby tell the remarkable true story of a man blown two kilometres through the air after two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour in 1917. The seven-minute animated short is the 77th production by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to receive an Oscar nomination.
For the film’s producer, David Christensen, BFA 89, the academy’s recognition is both flattering and cause for celebration. He is also quick to point out that it’s the work and artistry of Forbis and Tilby — the latter formerly taught in Concordia’s Film Animation program — that is being recognized.
“I have the good happenstance to be their producer on the film and to have been swept up by their artistry as well,” Christensen says.
He notes that another important aspect of the film is that it was produced by the NFB, Canada’s public film and digital media producer and distributor.
“Canadians funded The Flying Sailor, and I hope they are proud of the work that Wendy and Amanda have done,” adds Christensen.