The National Film Board of Canada premieres online and inspires installation at Toronto’s Unity Festival

BAM inspires graffiti and film installation at Yonge-Dundas Square, July 23


Howie Shia’s NFB animated short spawns THE BAM WALL, a live event at UNITY Festival’s graffiti wall

On Saturday, July 23, the UNITY Festival’s graffiti wall at Yonge-Dundas Square will be home to the National Film Board of Canada’s multi-disciplinary installation THE BAM WALL, combining film and live graffiti art inspired by acclaimed Toronto animator Howie Shia’s NFB short BAM.

Shia will be on-hand for the one-day event, which features local graffiti artists painting onto stills from BAM from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by a free public screening of the film beginning at 8 p.m.

BAM will also begin streaming free-of-charge at starting July 20.

A study in rage, BAM tells the story of an unassuming young boxer struggling to understand the disturbing consequences of his explosive temper. A dark, urban soundtrack combines with gritty, hand-drawn animation to create a brutal portrait of a classical hero floundering in a modern city haunted by primordial gods.

Howie’s previous work includes the 2006 NFB short Flutter, the first work from outside Asia to receive the prestigious Open Entries Grand Prize at the Tokyo Anime Awards.

Produced by Maral Mohammadian and Michael Fukushima for the NFB’s Oscar-winning Animation Studio, BAM was one of the first NFB films produced entirely in 4K Ultra HD. The five-minute short also features the talents of Howie’s brothers, hip-hop artist Leo Shia (a.k.a. LEO37) and composer Tim Shia, who composed the film’s musical score and did the sound edit.

BAM premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Animated Short at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards.

Organized by UNITY Charity, the UNITY Festival (July 20–23) uses the arts to empower youth with the confidence and skills for success.

Contributed by National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 15 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.



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