Love Letters From Everest
a stunning short film by Celeste Koon
Upcoming Film Festivals:
Lunenburg Doc Fest
September 21, 2019
Guelph Film Festival
November 1 – 9, 2019
November 11, 2019
Toronto Reel Asian Int’l Film Festival
November 11, 2019
St. Louis Int’l Film Festival
November 11, 2019
In intimate yet captivating detail, filmmaker Celeste Koon unfolds the transatlantic love story of her grandparents through the creative animation of paper ephemera—Kodachrome photos, newspaper clippings, maps—and, in particular, the handwritten letters they exchanged in 1956 during the first successful Swiss expedition to Mount Everest.
Barbara Battle, a quirky and vivacious British woman, was a young widow when she first met Fritz Müller, a Swiss PhD student, who had recently arrived at Montreal’s McGill University and needed help with his English. A rising star in the field of glaciology, Fritz was invited to join the Everest expedition and, after the climb, lived on the mountain for almost a year, studying its ice and land formations.
With humour and curiosity, Celeste explores and reflects on her grandparents’ lengthy daily letters, while everyday objects from their personal archives combine with stop-motion and other animation styles to create the lively, eye-catching backdrop against which their romance takes flight.
Writer, Director Celeste Koon is a fun and adventurous filmmaker known for her creative mixed media style. She has written, directed, and produced, a number of short narrative films that have played numerous festivals across the globe. Through the success of her films she was commissioned to write, direct, and design, two short segments for PBS’s Sesame Street’s 44th season where both segments got rave reviews from the show’s New York producers and from its audiences. Celeste is a natural storyteller with a unique creative and colourful style.
For the past 10 years she has balanced her time between making her own films and crewing on larger scale features and television shows in the art department as a graphic and motion graphic designer. Celeste has been a Director’s Guild of Canada member since graduating from Ryerson University and has worked on projects for numerous big Canadian and American production companies and broadcasters.
ABOUT THE CREW
Writer/Director Celeste Koon
Celeste Koon is a fun and adventurous filmmaker known for her creative mixed media style. She haswritten, directed, and produced, a number of short narrative films which have gotten into festivals acrossthe globe including TIFF Kids, Clermont Ferrand, and Cinekid. Through the success of her films she wascommissioned to write, direct, and design, two short segments for PBS’s Sesame Street’s 44th seasonwhere both segments got rave reviews from the show’s New York producers and from its audiences.Celesteis a natural storyteller with a unique creative and colourful style. For the past ten years she hasbalanced her time between making her own films and crewing on larger scale features and televisionshows in the art department as a graphic and motion graphic designer. Celeste has been a Director’sGuild of Canada member since graduating from Ryerson University and has worked on projects fornumerous big Canadian and American production companies and broadcasters
Animator Anna Bron
Anna Bron is an illustrator, animator and designer. She studied traditional animation at Sheridan College. Since graduating in 2011 she has illustrated for children’s magazines, designed characters and environments for animated commercials, and has directed commercials and short films. Her most recent short film “Johnny’s Home” commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union is an official selection at Annecy animation festival. She is originally from Russia and currently resides in Vancouver, BC.
Stop Motion Animator Evan DeRushie, Stop Motion Department
Evan DeRushie is a stop-motion director and animator living in Toronto, Ontario. His professional experience includes set-supervising and animation on The Little Prince (2015), TV series animation at Cuppa Coffee Studios, and various short films and music videos. In 2017 he launched a separate production company with director Philip Eddolls, called Stop Motion Department. It is a full service animation studio for commercials, social media, and broadcast series.
Editor Rich Williamson
Rich Williamson is a filmmaker from Toronto. His award-winning films have screened at festivals world wide, aired on TV, been released on iTunes, gone viral, and featured on the BBC, CBC, Bravo, Arte,ZDF, Al Jazeera, Short of the Week, The Hollywood Reporter, AV Club, Slashfilm, Screenrant, Gizmodo, Mashable, Collider and Nerdist. Rich participated in the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s Talent Lab and completed the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program. Rich was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (CSA) for his Editing work on Take Light.
Producer Shasha Nakhai
Shasha Nakhai is a filmmaker based out of Toronto with Compy Films and Storyline Entertainment. Her award-winning films have screened at festivals and aired on TV worldwide, been released on many digital platforms, and gone viral. Her film with partner Rich Williamson, Frame 394, was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. It was named one of TIFF’s Top 10 Films of 2016, and nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards. She recently released her first feature documentary, Take Light with CBC’s documentary Channel and produced The Hole in Reservoir Hill for CBC Short Docs.
Executive Producer Ed Barreveld, Storyline Entertainment
Emmy Award-winning producer Ed Barreveld is a veteran of the Canadian film and television industry who honed his filmmaking skills at the National Film Board. Post NFB, he line produced independent documentaries for domestic and international broadcasters, before co-founding Storyline Entertainment in 2000 for its inaugural release Aftermath: The Remnants of War, a double Gemini Award nominee. Since 2004 he has been Storyline’s sole principal, creating an international profile for the company with auteur driven point of view documentaries, distinctive history programming and cross platform projects.