Private Project

Waters of March

Waters of March is the classic written by Tom Jobim and performed by jazz singer Stacey Kent. The delicately rendered animated drawings move at a rollicking pace transitioning back and forth from real to abstract images telling the everchanging story of loss and hope.

  • Elizabeth Lewis
    The Term ,The Swan, Villanelle, A Kite is a Victim
  • Elizabeth Lewis
    The Term, The Swan, Villanelle
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    3 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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  • Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Rhode Island
    United States
    August 6, 2019
    North American Premier
    Official Selection
  • ARPA International Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 5, 2019
    West Coast Premier
    Nomination for Best Animation
  • Cannes Short Film Festival
    September 5, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Lift Off Film and Screenplay festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 17, 2019
    Official Selection
  • North Bay Film Festival
    North Bay
    November 15, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 6, 2019
    Special Jury Award
  • Nature Track Film Festival California
  • Love Your Shorts Festival, Florida 2020
  • American Documentary and Animation Festival, Palm Springs, March ,2020
  • Oregon Short Film Festival , 2020
  • Through Womens Eyes, February,2020, Sarasota Florida
  • Providence Children's Film Festival, Rhode Island,2020
  • International Music Video Paris , January 2020
  • California Independent Animation Festival, Danville, CA, 2020
  • Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, Fla 2020
  • Animation Celebration Festival,USA, 2020
  • Oakvile Festival 2020
  • The Lake County Fiilm Festival 2020
  • Great Lakes Film Festival 2020
Distribution Information
  • Rising Sun Distribution
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Elizabeth Lewis

Born and raised in Montreal,she later moved to Toronto. Her training is in fine arts painting and drawing. Attending schools in Montreal, Paris France, Banff Alberta.Elizabeth got her start as an animator at the National Film Board of Canada where she animated and designed the poetry film based on A Kite is a Victim by Leonard Cohen. After moving to Toronto she animated other poems by Earl Birney, William Carlos Williams. Professionally she was on the animation teams at Nelvana and other studios including Walt Disney Animation Canada. Elizabeth was an animator on award winning films for Street Kids International produced by the National Film Board of Canada. She was awarded for her poetry films by the Poetry Film Festival in San Francisco and the Chicago Educational Film Festival.Waters of March was premiered in North America at the Flickers International Film Festival, Rhode Island 2019 and in France at the Cannes Short Film Festival September 2019 and has been accepted into multilple other festivals. Waters of March won Special Jury Award for Music Video at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 and was a finalist at the ARPA Festival in LA.

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Director Statement

Director Statement
My films are based on poetry and my interpretations are intensely personal. The imagery varies from close representation of the words to abstract. I am inspired by nature.I live in the woods beside a river and every image in this film is from direct experience. The film is a tribute to my late brother and the journey he took in his last year. Although the images move quickly, the references to illness, life, medicine, hope and ultimately the continuation of life is there,every word and phrase of this song has meaning in this context. I had heard this music before. It is a classic dating back many decades. It is only when I heard Stacey Kent sing it on the radio that it really moved me. Her version is pure and hopeful. Some of the words in the song are dark and sometimes violent. Mixed in with this is beauty and hope all sung and interpreted with a sense of wonder and truth.