Françoise Doherty

Animator
female
Born in
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Lives in
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Biography

Filmmaker, photographer, animator, songwriter, activist. Hailing from Montreal, but a long-time resident of Kingston. The first episode in her series Les Lapines (The Girl Bunnies), a stop-motion released in 2008, explores the world of two female rabbits who muse on the nature of their love for one another. The little fable ends with the two adopting a clutch of chicks. In the second episode, The Girl Bunnies. HOCKEY.(2009), follows the story of Coco, a girl bunny who loves hockey – and lady hockey players. In the third episode, Mimi accidentally saws down her girlfriend’s tree. With the help of a reindeer and two hockey players, Mimi tries to repair her error and win back her love. Making her own incidental music (“Girl Like Girl”, “I Love Hockey”, “The Loveliest Sound”), Doherty creates an intriguing and inclusive world, intended in part as a tool for parents to show their children a fun and sensitive filmic take on love’s universality. Always hotly anticipated by a growing number of fans in North America and Europe, Doherty’s shorts are invitations to queer ally-ship for the next generation. The rest of her oeuvre is focused on liminality, such as Two(2008), a fiction short that takes place in a strip club on the Canada-US border. With a questioning and lyrical lens, Doherty examines power and gender dynamics germane to a venue typically considered too seedy. Change In 6 Parts</em> (2007), coproduced by Mél Hogan and Lindsay Shane, turns once again to the theme of homosexuality, with the three subjects reflcting on the theme of the lesbian gaze. Working on their own but with a shared objective, the artists sketch a 3-dimensional portrait of an character that transcends singularity.