Ed Ackerman is an animator who explores cinematic language using the materials he finds close at hand: plasticine, photocopiers, 5-year old children let loose in a village with disposable cameras and, most famously, typewriters. He was born in Winnipeg and after a year at Ryerson;s film school, returned home and made two collaborative films with Greg Zbitnew: “5 Cents a Copy” and “Sarah’s Dream.” He has since lived in Montreal, Toronto and rural Ontario. He went on to make films for Sesame Street, IMAX, the National Film Board of Canada, the CBC and public service announcements for US television featuring “Smokey the Bear.”
Ackerman’s film “Primiti Too Taa,” made in collaboration with Colin Morton, is a three-minute nonsense sound poem based on the writing of Kurt Schwitters. It has shown across the country and around the world at festivals and cinematheques, and won numerous awards.