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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The Life And Death Of Joe Soap

Fortnight 1983, Short film,

Synopsis

I made this film because I wanted to get away from the usual cartoon comedy style of animation. Joe Soap’s story is timeless, it has happened before and will happen again. It takes place during World War I, because trench warfare sums up the stupidity and waste of war more vividly than anything else. My man worry was whether my audience could accept the clay figure in a serious role. If they do, it’s because Joe’s story is universal. Nothing ever changes. Lewis John Cooper

Director

Lewis John Cooper

He has been a writer all his life. In addition to writing books, he is a corporate communications specialist. His interest in African-Canadian history was sparked as a twelve-year-old, when he read Black Like Me. John co-wrote and edited My Name’s Not George and wrote Shadow Running, a book for adults about Ray Lewis. In 2002, he wrote his first book for young adults, Rapid Ray: The Story of Ray Lewis. John Cooper lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife and three children.