'The Spine' shines in Melbourne

Oscar winner Chris Landreth directed film

Chris Landreth's animated short "The Spine," produced by the National Film Board of Canada in association with Copperheart Animation and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, was honored with the Best of the Festival award at the 2009 Melbourne International Animated Festival on Sunday.

Landreth's 2004 film "Ryan," won the same award, the fest's highest honor, at the 2005 Melbourne Festival. "Ryan" subsequently went on to win the best animated short Oscar.

"The Spine" concerned a couple, married for 26 years, unhappily attending a group counseling session.

It reteams Landreth with "Ryan" producers Steve Hoban and Mark Smith, both of Copperheart Animation, and Marcy Page of the National Film Board of Canada.
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