Almonds and Wine
This film brings a Yiddish folk song to life, as the animated journey of a young bride and groom from Eastern Europe to North America is set to rollicking klezmer music. Fleeing the threat of war, the couple arrive in Canada, establish a new life together and hand down their traditions to the generations that follow. Produced, directed and animated by Arnie Lipsey.
The Crow and the Canary
An animated true story. A young boy gets in trouble harassing the neighbourhood grouch. When the old man complains to the boy’s father, he’s told a parable that puts his complaint in perspective. Produced, directed and animated by Arnie Lipsey. Narrated by the filmmaker’s father.
Two short animated films, produced years apart.
Shown extensively at international film festivals, they each earned a degree of critical recognition.
Festivals and Awards
Almonds and Wine:
- Winner, international Jewish Video Competition, Judah L. Magnes Museum, Berkeley California
- Winner, "Reel 13" Short film competition, WNYC, PBS
- Ashkkenaz Festival of NewYiddish Culture, Toronto
- Chicago International Film Festival
- Toronto Digital Image Festival
- World Animation Celebration, Los Angeles
- Ottawa International Animation Festival
- Chicago International Children's Film Festival
- Vancouver Reel to Real Children's Film Festival
- Brooklyn Academy of Music International Children's Film Festival
- Jewish Film Festivals in: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Tampa, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, San Diego, Hartford, New Jersey, Maine, Detroit, Sao Paulo, Barcelona,
- Stockholm, and Hong Kong
- Broadcast on TV Ontario
- Included in the compilation video release "100% Independent" by ASIFA Canada
The Crow and the Canary:
- National Educational Film and Video Festival, Silver Apple Award
- Chicago International Film Festival, Certificate of merit
- Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, Golden Sheaf nomination
- Chicago International Festival of Chidren's Films, honorable mention
- Toronto International Fim Festival
- Vancouver International Film Festival
- Los Angeles International Animation Celebration
- Spike and Mike Festival of Animation, North American Theatrical tour
- Interstitial broadcasts, CBC