The Animal Project

REVIEWS

  • Joey Nolfi, INTERVIEW PopSmut Jun 5, 2014

    Director INGRID VENINGER talks women in film, the Canadian identity, and THE ANIMAL PROJECT


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  • Ralph Lucas, INTERVIEW Northernstars Jun 5, 2014

    Ralph Lucas talks with filmmaker Ingrid Veninger about THE ANIMAL PROJECT.

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  • The Watchlist Features Jun 5, 2014

    The Animal Project is the fourth feature from Canadian independent filmmaker Ingrid Veninger, and it came about in a very unusual manner.

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  • Anne Brodie, INTERVIEW Channel 12 Jun 5, 2014

    THE ANIMAL PROJECT written and directed by Toronto’s indie film queen Ingrid Veninger opens this Friday.  The movie showcases a group of students getting out of their comfort zones and walking the streets in furry mascot suits. Anne Brodie sat down with Veninger to talk about the film, which is truly a family affair.

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  • Chris Knight, National Post Jun 6, 2014

    For her latest feature, Ingrid Veninger auditioned actors, then wrote the script.

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  • Linda Barnard, Toronto Star Jun 6, 2014

    THE ANIMAL PROJECT: Toronto director Ingrid Veninger breaks new ground.

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  • Matthew Hoffman, Black Sheep Jun 5, 2014

    THE ANIMAL PROJECT opened to critical acclaim at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and is being released this Friday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

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  • Greg Klymkiw, The Film Corner Jun 10, 2014

    Indie film offers First-Rate Cast in terrific ensemble piece.

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  • Adam Nayman, The Grid Jun 6, 2014

    Ingrid Veninger's Animal Instinct

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  • Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine Jun 7, 2014

    NNNN "The reigning queen of lo-fi Canadian cinema has upped her game without abandoning any of her characteristic whimsy."



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  • Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun Jun 6, 2014

    THE ANIMAL PROJECT packs emotional punch.

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  • Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun Jun 7, 2014

    INGRID VENINGER brings DIY grit to THE ANIMAL PROJECT.

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  • Sean Kelly, Toronto Film Scene Jun 7, 2014

    THE ANIMAL PROJECT is simultaneously as touching as it is hilarious.

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  • Thom Ernst, INTERVIEW Jun 5, 2014

    Thom Ernst speaks with writer/producer/director about the making of THE ANIMAL PROJECT.

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  • Daniel Garber, INTERVIEW CIUT Jun 5, 2014

    Speaking with INGRID VENINGER about actors, dreams, the importance of costumes, spontaneity, impromptu scenes… and what she would do with an unlimited budget.

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  • Sean Coles - ETalk Jun 4, 2014

    THE ANIMAL PROJECT on ETALK TV.

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  • Sean Kelly, INTERVIEW Toronto Film Scene Jun 6, 2014

    Obliterating ourselves: Filmmaker INGRID VENINGER discusses THE ANIMAL PROJECT.

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  • Andrew Parker, Dork Shelf Jun 9, 2014

    INGRID VENINGER is an irrepressible and fearless dreamer that’s constantly curious about the possibilities of film and performance.

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  • Angelo Muredda, Torontoist Jun 2, 2014

    INGRID VENINGER, the godmother of Toronto’s D.I.Y. filmmaking scene, follows up the lovely mother-daughter drama of i am a good person / i am a bad person with THE ANIMAL PROJECT, an equally scrappy but harder-nosed successor.

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  • Scott A. Gray, Exclaim! Jun 5, 2014

    Increasingly powerful and consistent acting presence Aaron Poole (This Beautiful City) confidently leads Ingrid Veninger's subtle, funny and moving character-driven drama.

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  • Chandler Levack, Maisonneuve Jun 5, 2014

    Actors turn the human instinct for performance into art. Ingrid Veninger’s The Animal Project explores this unique psychology.

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  • Ilse de Mucha Herrera, The Arts Scene Jun 4, 2014

    THE ANIMAL PROJECT is a work of great consistency... the film is an experiment challenging art and acting itself.

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  • The Arts Scene, INTERVIEW Jun 4, 2014

    An interview with THE ANIMAL PROJECT's Ingrid Veninger, and Core Cast members, Aaron Poole and Jacob Switzer.

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  • Canadian Film Review, INTERVIEW Jun 4, 2014

    Core Cast members Aaron Poole and Jacob Switzer (the filmmaker's real-life son) talk about THE ANIMAL PROJECT.

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  • Melinda B Barlow, FLOW Oct 29, 2014

    "A moon, a red balloon, a faint blue gleam in a vast black sky. A wish drifting heavenward. A streetcar creaking homeward. This is my dream."

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  • Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer Dec 9, 2013

    2013 in Review: The Best Canadian Films of the Year

    "THE ANIMAL PROJECT is proof that all a filmmaker needs to achieve greatness is a unique story, a camera, and a team that embraces her belief that nothing is impossible."

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  • Quiet on Bessette Nov 7, 2013

    "Pleasant and endearing out of the ilk of the Duplass Brothers and Onur Tukel... Not only was Veninger’s process exhilarating and fresh, but the use of economizing the gold in her own life only added to the already thick layer of reality and genuine texture."

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  • Joey Nolfi, PopSmut Sep 1, 2013

    "It’s a sublime film that stands as one of the best of the festival (and, frankly, of 2013) so far."

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  • Canadian Film Review Sep 24, 2013

    "The Animal Project is like its creator Ingrid Veninger – genuine and true to its heart."

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  • gladlybeyondaustinausten Sep 18, 2013

    "Do you think it’s worth it to make a film out of a dream?... This was the film’s “tagline” of sorts, the biggest take-away from both the narrative embedded within it and the story of the film’s creation... I encourage everyone to find it at their local indie theatre."

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  • Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer Sep 16, 2013

    **** "Shot with a skeleton crew and an enthusiasm for originality, The Animal Project rings of innovation and offbeat authenticity. This quirky maplecore pic might be Veninger’s finest project to date."

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  • Sean Kelly, Toronto Film Scene Sep 14, 2013

    **** "Simultaneously as touching as it is hilarious... The Animal Project might seem like a "quirky Canadian film” on the outside, but it is still filled with a whole lot of heart."

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  • Angelo Muredda, Torontoist Sep 2, 2013

    "Indie queen, Ingrid Veninger, follows up the lovely mother-daughter drama of i am a good person / i am a bad person with The Animal Project, an equally scrappy but harder-nosed successor."

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  • Eric Veillette, Toronto Star Sep 9, 2013

    TIFF 2013: The Animal Project director Ingrid Veninger Q&A

    "Some of my favourite Toronto spots appear in the movie: Honest Ed’s, The Monarch Tavern, Sonic Boom, The Cameron House, Allan Gardens and the Beaches." Ingrid Veninger

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  • Natalie Zina Walschots, Torontoist Sep 5, 2013

    A Guide to Local Talent at TIFF 2013

    "Ingrid Veninger, who directed The Animal Project, is known locally as a huge proponent of DIY filmmaking, capable of producing excellent work on minuscule budgets."

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  • Matthew Hoffman, Black Sheep Sep 11, 2013

    "THE ANIMAL PROJECT is unlike anything I have seen before, and I can promise that fellow audience members will feel the same way. It is a refreshing film that ultimately succeeds because it is well written, well directed, and extremely unique. Aaron Poole is great as Leo, and his talent it matched by the rest of the extremely skilled cast. The film can be funny, but at the same time, it can also be heartbreaking."

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  • Scott A. Gray, Exclaim! Sep 4, 2013

    "Increasingly powerful and consistent acting presence Aaron Poole (The Conspiracy, Copper, This Beautiful City) confidently leads Ingrid Veninger's subtle, funny and moving character-driven drama about an emotionally wounded theatre teacher trying to reconnect with his son and sense of self."

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  • Adam Nayman, The Grid Sep 2, 2013

    "After going three-for-three with a trilogy of handmade indie dramas, T.O. dynamo Ingrid Veninger inches out of her comfort zone."

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  • Will Perkins, Yahoo! Aug 30, 2013

    The Top Five Canadian Films to see at TIFF 2013

    "THE ANIMAL PROJECT was envisioned by Veninger as a sort of cinematic "leap of faith." If you're looking for something a little different, take a chance on THE ANIMAL PROJECT."

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  • Nick Storring, Composer Aug 19, 2013

    "The film is funny, at times sad, heartening, and easy to identify with dealing with struggles and inhibitions and ambitions that are common to many of us."

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  • Ilse de Mucha Herrera, The Arts Scene Aug 31, 2013

    **** "Veninger is definitely a director worth following, as she proves the value of women filmmakers, and the great power of storytelling that they hold."

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  • Linda Barnard, Toronto Star Aug 27, 2013

    WHAT TO SEE AT TIFF 2013

    "Toronto writer-director and low-budget indie sweetheart Ingrid Veninger breaks pleasing new ground with a multi-layered story."

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  • Norm Wilner, NOW Magazine Sep 5, 2013

    **** "The reigning queen of lo-fi Canadian cinema has upped her game without abandoning any of her characteristic whimsy."

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