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Back Home Again takes viewers on a mental health journey at TELUS World of Science

An award-winning animated short, featuring a who's who of Canadian voice talent, tells the story of the Fort McMurray fires of 2016. It's playing in early May at Telus World of Science.
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An animated re-imagining of the Fort McMurray wildfire of 2016 playing in May at Telus World of Science. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Back Home Again, an animated short film featuring the largest ensemble of award-winning actors in a Canadian short, comes to TELUS World of Science – Edmonton for a limited run of screenings this May to build awareness and spark conversations about mental health.

The film, an animated re-imagining of the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, tells the story of one of the largest evacuations in Canadian history that impacted the lives of more than 80,000 community residents. Told through the eyes of the woodland creatures inhabiting the land of Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo, the film features an all-star cast that donated their time to the production, including Jeremy Renner, Martin Short, Kim Basinger, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Michael J. Fox, and Howie Mandel. The film also includes an original song, written and performed by Jeremy Renner.

Inspired by real testimonials of community residents who experienced the fire, evacuation, and recovery efforts, writer, director, and creator Michael Mankowski commented, “I really wanted to make this film because I grew up in Fort McMurray and was there when this tragedy hit. I wanted to show the world how a community could come together and rebuild. I hope this film sparks conversations everywhere about how we are all one global community, and we all need one another.”

As part of the limited run of screenings, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton will host a special screening on May 4, at 6:30 p.m., with a post-screening Q&A session featuring Mankowski, as well as the film’s Executive Producer Charmaine Hammond, who describes the movie as “a conversation starter about hope, community, and mental health, a conversation needed now more than ever.”

Additional screenings run May 3, 4 & 7, for more information go to twose.ca/backhomeagain.