Art Gallery of Ontario: It Can Be Anything short film

Category: Animation; Entrant: Immediate Group

Art Gallery of Ontario It Can Be Anything short film

It Can Be Anything was created by Immediate Group to help launch an art programme for the intellectually disabled at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The film stars Rachel, the intellectually disabled artist and sister of Marsha Doucette, an executive producer at the production company.

Rachel has been an artist for over eight years. While she has a hard time communicating verbally, her art has a way of connecting with people and communicating on a whole other level. The film offers a journey of creativity through the lens of Rachel’s drawings, with her work representing a unique and vast creative landscape to explore. More importantly, her philo­sophical outlook, as revealed by the voiceover, demonstrates how art can offer open-mindedness and inclusivity.

This film helped launch an art workshop programme that was virtually hosted by the Art Gallery of Ontario and supported by Special Olympics Ontario. The programme included three workshops with over 100 participants and has now become an ongoing programme called Art ­Enables, hosted by the AGO.

Starring: Rachel Doucette
Director: Ryan Bergmann
Producers: Joaquin Cardoner, Marsha Doucette
Design, Animation & Direction: Good Form Studio
Writer: Nick Blagrave
Music and Sound Design: Jeff Moberg
Additional Design & Animation: Emilie Muszczak, Jonathan Reyes
Executive Producers: Tom Hitchman, Lee Anne Downey, Carolyn Keystone, Jim Meekison, Bruce & Vladka Mitchell, Christopher Bergmann
Producers: Blythe Ward, David Bowker, Terry & Bonnie Jackson, Rachel Doucette, Peter Schmidt
In Partnership With: Special Olympics Ontario, The Art Gallery Of Ontario
Special Thanks: Mark & Vanessa Mulroney, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Lia Bruschetta, Rafael Nicolas Fermin Cota, Mark & Paul Etherington