I saw a screening of Chris Landreth’s latest computer animated film, Ryan, last week. The film is an animated documentary, somewhat in the vein of Paul Fierlinger’s And Then I’ll Stop, where unscripted conversations by real people form the soundtrack of the film. In this case, the subject is Ryan Larkin, an animator who worked for the National Film Board of Canada in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s. Probably his two best known works are Walking (1969) and Street Musique (1971). After the latter film, Larkin had something of a personal meltdown, due at least in part to substance abuse.
Landreth met Larkin when they were both on the selection committee of the Ottawa Animation Festival and Landreth became so interested in Larkin that Larkin became the subject of this film.