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WATCH: NFB release ‘Skin For Skin’ online

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This week sees the online release of Kevin D. A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher’s award-winning animated short Skin for Skin (National Film Board of Canada/Fifteen Pound Pink Productions), a dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning set during the early days of the fur trade. The film is available free of charge on a variety of platforms including the NFB website, Facebook, and YouTube, and as a Staff Pick on Vimeo.

Skin For Sin is written and directed by Kevin D. A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher who, over the course of their 30 year career have worked together on 15 animation projects and formed the production company Fifteen Pound Pink Productions.

Having picked up 10 awards to date at festivals including Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival and Yorkton Film Festival), the film pays homage to writers Herman Melville and Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a contemporary parable about the dangers of greed.

In 1823, the Governor of the largest fur-trading company in the world travels across his Dominion, extracting ever-greater riches from the winter bounty of animal furs. In his brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction until the balance of power shifts, and the forces of nature exact their own terrible price.

Skin for Skin is produced by Bonnie Thompson (NFB) and Carol Beecher (Fifteen Pound Pink Productions), and executive produced by David Christensen for the NFB’s North West Studio, based in Edmonton.

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