Oscar-winning "Ryan", a tribute to a real Montrealer

The headline says it all, “Montreal Panhandler Inspires Oscar-Winning Film“. Chris Landreth, the animator who created “Ryan,” describes the film as an animated documentary. It depicts the damage that life has wreaked on the creative spirit of Ryan Larkin, a pioneering Canadian animator. He was himself honored with an Academy Award nomination in 1979 for his short animated film “En marchant.”

To me this story is symptomatic of the richness of Montreal. There’s so many real people here, and sometimes with very human faults. However it’s not surprising that Montreal is such a fertile breeding ground for creativity and an envigorating home base for so many creative people. So congratulations to Chris Landreth and also to Ryan Larkin. We’re proud of your accomplishment.

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