If I Was God…

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 12:00
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 14:30
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Cordell Barker

What would you do if you were 12 and suddenly found yourself charged with God-like powers? Would you use them for good? For bad? Perhaps a little of both? For one Grade 7 boy whose mind starts to wander while dissecting a frog in Biology class, the possibilities seem endless. He will have the power to toy with life and death, to create monsters who can punish those who torment him daily (in particular, Augie, who sits in the back row), and, more importantly, to create that one perfect day with Lily, the love of his 12-year-old life. 

Directed by two-time Oscar®-nominated animator and long-time NFB collaborator Cordell Barker (The Cat Came Back, Strange Invaders), the film explores the difficult gateway between childhood and adolescence. Drawing inspiration from his own memories of a particularly awkward day in Grade 7, Barker uses a variety of animation techniques, from traditional animation to stop-motion puppets and more. He creates a darkly whimsical 3D animation with an organic, hand-made feel that’s as imperfectly human as the world we all ultimately craft for ourselves.

Advisory: There is an animated frog dissection that some children may find off putting.