Canadian Reflections

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes

Aired Thursday, July 4

MY DEAD DAD'S PORNO TAPES is as provocative an examination of life as it sounds. Prompted by his father's death, director Charlie Tyrell pursues a deeper understanding of his emotionally-distant father in this documentary short by starting with what he left behind: a rather kitsch collection of pornography on VHS videotapes.
Narrated by director David Wain (dir. WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER) and told through a hybrid of stop-motion animation, home movies, and recorded phone calls, Tyrell presents an indiscriminate look into one's material possessions as a way of understanding the complex nature of family relationships and their challenges.

Short List, Short Subject Documentary, Academy Awards 2019
Winner, Best Short Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards, 2019
Winner, Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, SXSW, 2018
TIFF Canada's Top Ten 2019
Nominee, Best Documentary Short, Cinema Eye Honours 2018
Short List, DOCNYC 2018 
Short List, IDA Awards, 2018
TheWrap's ShortList 2018
Nominee, Best of the year and Best of October, Vimeo Staff Pick, 2018
Winner, Best Canadian Animation and The Vimeo Award, Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2018
Winner, Flicker's Youth Film Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Documentary Short, Arizona International Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best of Show, Interrobang Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Experimental Short, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, 2018
Special Jury Award for Artistic Merit in Storytelling, Indie Street Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Documentary Short, Oak Cliff Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Overall Film, Toronto New Wave, 2018
Winner, Viewer's Choice Award, Fresh Off the Grill Film Festival
Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival (World Premiere)
Official selection of the Official selection of the Hot Docs (Canadian Premiere)
Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival
Official selection of the Aspen Shortsfest
Official selection of the Florida Film Festival
Official selection of the Nashville Film Festival
Official selection of AFI Docs
Official selection of the Omaha Film Festival
Official selection of the Chattanooga Film Festival
Official selection of the Arizona International Film Festival
Official selection of the Montclair Film Festival
Official selection of the Maryland Film Festival
Official selection of the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Official selection of the Seattle International Film Festival
Official selection of the Nantucket Film Festival
Official selection of the Traverse City Film Festival
Official selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival
Official selection of the Quebec City Film Festival
Official selection of the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
Official selection of the Calgary Film Festival
Official selection of the Athens International Film Festival
Official selection of the Hamptons International Film Festival
Official selection of the Tacoma Film Festival
Official selection of the Sante Fe Independent Film Festival
Official selection of the Philadelphia Film Festival
Official selection of the Milwaukee Film Festival
Official selection of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Official selection of the Washington West Film Festival
Official selection of the Denver Film Festival
Official selection of the St. Louis International Film Festival
Official selection of the Interfilm Berlin Anchorage International Film Festival

Written and Directed by: Charlie Tyrell

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