Upon leaving his First Nations reserve, Jimmy encounters the lost souls of the city and is reminded that no matter how far you travel, you cannot escape who you are.
When Jimmy leaves his northern First Nations reservation to pursue a life in the city, he quickly realizes that urban life is not what he'd imagined. As he encounters the lost souls of the city, he is reminded of the power place. Inspired by the late, First Nation's artist Kyle Morriseau, Choke uses stop-motion animation to explore themes of urban isolation and the individual search for identity within modern society.
Choke premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received a Special Jury Honorable Mention in Shortfilmmaking. The film was nominated for a 2011 Genie Award and named by Toronto Film Festival as one of Canada's Top Ten films of 2011.
Festival Screenings (selected): Sundance, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, CFC Worldwide Shorts, Ann Arbor, Edinburgh Intl, ImagineNATIVE, Brief Encounters, Hollyshorts, New Hampshire Intl, Cannes Short Film Corner (online NFB/Canada showcase), Cyprus Intl.
Awards: Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention in Shortfilmmaking, LA New Wave Honorable Mention, Toronto Intl Film Festival Canada's Top Ten Selection, Houston Worldfest Remi Award, Genie Nomination - Animated Short.
Broadcast Sales: Bravo, CBC, APTN, ARTE France & Germany, SpaFax
Produced, Written, Directed by: Michelle Latimer
Animated by: Terril Calder
Executive Produced by: David Miller
Edited by: Cam McLauchlin
05:35 min, HDCam
Sundance Film Festival - Winner Grand Jury Honourable Mention in International Short Filmmaking
Toronto Film Festival - Tiff Top Ten Winner
ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts