The Girl Bunnies. Hockey is a short by local filmmaker Francoise Doherty–the second in the stop-motion animated adventure series of homo-girl-rabbit-world. It screens tonight at image+nation (@Laika, 4040 St-Laurent).
- Were you ever a hockey gal? Puck Bunny?
I never made puck bunny status because I spent too much time in the snow or on the ice. I’m more into misfit hockey. I love to skate, I really like sticks and I’ll play with anyone who isn’t very good.
- Is this something you made with your kids in mind?
Yes and no. My films usually start with the music and as a songwriter I only compose when it comes out on it's own. So the songs are intimate, they’re about me, but they end directing the narrative. I know a song will work when I hear my kids singing it with their friends. In the end, I love seeing my kids laugh and smile so when I designed the sets and the characters for this episode, (The Girl Bunnies. Hockey), I thought of the shapes, movement and voices that could catch their attention. When I’m in the later stages of post-production, I’ll watch my daughters watch the film. Kids are amazing critics because they’re so vocal and physical in their reactions. I know right away if they love something or if they’re bored. When I shoot the images I think about light, how it directs our eye and our mind … but mostly I think about how we watch the person we’re falling for.
- If you could say one brief thing about your intention–what do you hope people will gain from your bunny shorts?
That being gay is about the heart. (ed's note: OOPS. my heart just melted. srsly).
- What's next for Ms Doherty?
More Bunnies! I just wrote a new song with a story that I really like. But now I have to find a rabbit-sized chainsaw. The first episode (Les Lapines) is still touring internationally and doing well. It’s being distributed through Frameline out of San Francisco.
- How can people reach you?
- Can I friend you on Facebook?
Oui! Now that I officially have a series, the Girl Bunnies needs a Facebook account. (The trailer and Facebook will be online by mid November).
- Who was your favourite student at Concordia when I took your class?
Lina is this a trick question? (ed's note: your non-answer only confirms your appreciation of me as the belligerent chip-on-shoulder kind of Communications student I was. Thanks for teaching me my 1st video class. My favourite part was when I learned about breaking the 4th wall!).