"What Are You Anyways?"
Created in 2005, "What Are You Anyways?" has gone on to screen at over 40 international film festivals and win 7 awards including the Elan for Best Short Animation at the Canadian Awards for Electronic and Animated Arts 2006. This September I will be traveling with the film to Taipei, Taiwan to the 2007 Taiwan International Animation Festival where the film will be screening. I can only post a trailer for the film since the NFB distributes the film for private and educational sales. Full length DVD's can be ordered at www.nfb.ca
The film is 11 minutes long and is still finding success on the film festival circuit along with being used in school across North America. The film deals with mixed-race identity, racism, multiculturalism, tolerance, and finding pride for one's ethnic background. The film was funded by the CBC, NAJC, and NFB and has aired on the CBC twice in 2005, once in a primetime slot.
Follow the adventures of the Super Nip as filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns explores his cultural backgrounds growing up a mix of Japanese and Caucasian in a small white-bred Canadian city. This short classically animated film looks at particular periods in Jeff’s life where he battled with finding an identity being a half minority - from his childhood origins to the epic showdown against the monster truck drivin’ redneck crew. “What Are You Anyways?” is a humorous yet serious story of struggle and love and finding one’s identity through the trials and tribulations of growing up.
(copyright 2005 Jeff Chiba Stearns)