Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ryan & Alter Egos - The Life of Ryan Larkin

In the late 1960s, Ryan Larkin was a rising star in the National Film Board of Canada. He was an artist and animator who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1969 for his revolutionary short, animated film, Walking. Walt Disney won the Oscar that year. In 1972, Ryan Larkin created a widely acclaimed animated short titled Street Musique. Just when it looked like Ryan was coming into his full creative powers in the mid-1970s, he, like so many others, succumbed to drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Ryan Larkin ultimately found himself living on the street in Toronto, Ontario, panhandling change in order to stay alive.

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