Freaks of Nurture is an animated short about a neurotic mother-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own unorthodox upbringing with her single-parent mom, who is also a foster parent and dog breeder. Self-deprecating and bursting with energy, the film reveals that no matter how grown-up we think we are, we never quite stop craving the love and support of a parent.”

Film by Alexandra Lemay, Canada, 2018. Produced at the National Film Board of Canada.

Winner of best comedy short at New York City Short Film Festival and audience award for short film at Cinequest (San Jose).

Filmmaker Alexandra Lemay disussing the themes of Freaks of Nature.
Key credits

Director, animator, story, design: Alexandra Lemay
Screenplay: Alexandra Lemay, Julie Matlin
Voice: Alexandra Lemay, Claudia Besso, Amanda Plummer
Original music: Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Sound design: Luigi Allemano
Director of photography: Luka Sanader
Sets: Laurent Canniccioni, Emily Bélanger
Costumes: Alexandra Lemay
Foley: Karla Baumgardner
Technical director: Éloi Champagne
Producer: Maral Mohammadian
Executive producer: Michael Fukushima

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