Vancouver animators Alison Snowden and David Fine's newest film, Animal Behaviour, is nominated for an Academy Award in the animated short category. The film is dedicated to the staff at Vancouver General Hospital who helped save Alison's life. The 91st Annual Academy Awards take place Sundary February 24th, 2019 in Hollywood.
As the film neared completion in 2017, Alison became gravely ill. David Fine spent weeks by his wife’s side at VGH as her lungs failed and her chance of survival diminished. “To be introduced into the world of health care with such passionate, professional and generous people is almost spiritual,” says David. Alison’s health care journey began with a persistent infection and ended with a new set of lungs. “I was fighting for my life," says Alison, and everything—including the film—was on hold. "VGH became a huge part of our lives, and the people there took such good care of me." While a simple thank-you would have sufficed, Alison and David wrote VGH into the credits of their film, and screened it for staff at the VGH all-staff forum May 9th, 2018.
Dr. John Yee, Dr. Robert Levy, Alison Snowden, David Fine, Dr. Gord Finlayson, Dr. Hussein Kanji
“It’s incredibly satisfying to have these wonderful people dedicate this work of art to the Vancouver Coastal Health community,” says Dr. Robert Levy. who along with Dr. John Yee, formed part of Alison’s transplant team at VGH. Dr. Yee says he is humbled by the power of hope and love...."despite all odds and the transient nature of life itself, David and Alison's story is essentially a love story and it's wonderful to be able to help them continue to add chapters."
“Alison’s extraordinary journey through her critical illness and salvage lung transplant was heroic,” says Dr. Gord Finlayson, Alison’s intensive care physician. “Her outcome reflects a commitment of care from remarkable teams of nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, perfusionists, social workers and care aides.” Dr. Finlayson says he’s grateful to Alison and David for the dedication of their film, “but witnessing Alison’s remarkable recovery and return to life has been the greatest reward.”
To celebrate the Oscar nomination, the National Film Board of Canada is offerring free streaming of Animal Behaviour from February 11 to 24th on NFB.ca, Facebook Vimeo and Youtube. You can find out more about Alison and David's film career, on their website.
On behalf of VCH, thank you to Alison and David for their gift of dedication.