PREVIEW: “Wild Life” by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

It’s been twelve years since the last short by filmmakers Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, and that was the Palme d’Or-winning and Oscar-nominated When the Day Breaks. They recently wrapped their new film Wild Life. The National Film Board of Canada has released these two clips on-line from the thirteen-and-a-half-minute film, which premiered on the festival circuit in May.

The official description:

In 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. This animated short is about the beauty of the prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context.


  • http://tomboycomics.blogspot.com Emily

    Can’t wait to see the film in full. Absolutely love “When the Day Breaks”–one of my first independent animation turn-ons. These two filmmakers are fantastic. I love their bold visual and narrative choices.

  • http://www.studiosoi.de/blog jakob

    Perfect, love it! Can’t wait.

  • Sat

    Wow! Very promising.

  • http://kaiology.wordpress.com/ Kai

    Delightful and unique!

  • http://www.arielvillaverde.com Ariel

    WOwoo!! LOve it!!

    Did it actually take 12 years to make? :(

  • Joy Tilby

    Loved it even though I was sad he didn’t find a new life.