Tonic DNA | Freebird

To mark World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, intellectual disability charity L’Arche Canada has partnered with Tonic DNA for a new film that challenges the misconceptions surrounding Down Syndrome.

Written and directed by Joe Bluhm and Michael McDonald, ‘Freebird’ is the coming-of-age story of a boy with Down Syndrome who learns to navigate the world with a loving mother, an absent father, a classroom bully, and a life-long crush. Here is a teaser for the film, the full four-minute short set will launch on April 19th.

Executive Producer: Stefanie Bitton
Producers: Jennifer Nadeau & Mariana Durán
Directors: Joe Bluhm & Michael McDonald
Illustrator: David Rémy Goldstyn
Character Design: Joe Bluhm & Michael Renaud
2D animation: Guillaume Blackburn, malcolm sutherland & Celia Bullwinkel
Compositor: Myriam Elda Arsenault