IN RECENT YEARS, I’VE BEEN CREATING PRODUCTIONS OF ORIGINAL MYTHIC STORIES AND SONGS

Here are some of them for you to enjoy and share.

Sir Viss

Sir Viss is a modern fable, written and told by Michelle Tocher, about a robot and his brilliant (but depraved) creator, a man named “Popeye” Irving. Popeye has designed the robot to be his servant, but when Popeye starts to tyrannize people, the robot has to make a choice about how best to serve his master. The 16 minute film has been masterfully illustrated by Richard Row, and directed, edited and produced by David Adkin

REVIEW

“Sir Viss is an unexpected modern allegory. Michelle Tocher created and tells the story of Sir Viss through the spoken word accompanied by drawn colored pictures. The interesting presentation feels like a video audio “book.” What seems a simple story weaves complex themes of artificial intelligence, social conventions, social status, service, freedom, isolation, and loneliness. The story is so rich and Ms. Tocher’s interpretation so good, that it feels as though we are watching an animated film even though the images are still. Even after the short is finished, one keeps thinking about the story and the ramifications of Popeye’s creation.”

Beth Steele Radiseck

Special Programs Director, Cleveland International Film Festival

Soul Fish

Soul Fish is an award-winning fable about a puffer fish who leaves the “fish-eat-fish world” to go and find his soul. It’s ten minutes long, and designed for all ages. Canada shorts AWARD OF COMMENDATION laurel - 500

Song that Came from a Dream

I heard this song in a dream. It was sung by a five-year-old girl from Asia who had learned it from her mother. She had come to North America to live with adoptive parents, but she had not forgotten her mother’s song. When she began to sing in her sweet, bell-like voice, her mother appeared in the background, and she started to sing with her, and then voices poured in from all parts of the world, singing this beautiful song. More about “Song that Came from a Dream” on this blog post on WonderLit.com

Even Good Fairies Screw Up

Here’s a funny five-minute monologue by Dindonette, a very inexperienced fairy who screws up big time when she tries to make life better for human beings.

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