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The Toe Tactic

Magazine article Filmmaker

The Toe Tactic

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"It's not unlike a Calder mobile rotating around a table," says animator Emily Hubley about The Toe Tactic, her first feature. The film mixes live action and animation to tell the story of a young woman overwhelmed by memories of her father's death years before until she connects with a pack of wise but mischievous dogs. "The family home is being sold and she's returned to retrieve a chip of bone from her father's ashes she buried there, and that triggers a wave of grief she thought she'd moved past," says Hubley. "Everyone has these moments in their lives when they need to be propelled to the next stage, and the dogs represent the energy that makes that happen; they only appear to be dogs in our dimension."

Hubley had an early immersion in filmmaking as the daughter of iconic animators Faith and John Hubley. She graduated from Hampshire College in 1980 and has been making animated films ever since. Herwork has screened at film festivals all over the world and been the subject of special events from MoMA to the IFC Center. It has also been incorporated in features like Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Blue Vinyl. …

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