Short Film

"Reach the Sky"
a QSO short film

Trailer - complete film to be released fall 2019:


Reach the Sky is a QSO produced animated short film inspired by iconic Canadian songwriter Rita MacNeil, and Toronto crochet artist Chason Yeboah and her KnotNaked Dolls. Reach the Sky was written and directed by Daniel Sterlin-Altman alongside a brilliant team of animators and designers, and set to a Thom Gill arrangement of Rita MacNeil’s We’ll Reach the Sky Tonight. The film follows three friends on a road trip who are separated by an unexpected fork in the road. Through their individual journeys the three encounter and reckon with queer love, lineage, and shame, and when they reunite each has brought with them a new companion who helped them along the way.

Set for online release in the summer of 2019, Reach the Sky has been an official selection at the following film and animation festivals:

  • 2018 Barcelona Stop Motion Film Festival, Spain

  • 2018 TAIS Animation Showcase, Canada

  • 2018 The Austin all Gender, Lifestyles, Identities, Film Fest (AGLIFF), USA

  • 2018 Linoleum Animation Festival, Ukraine

  • 2018 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada

  • 2018 Krok International Animation Festival, Russia

  • 2018 Encounters Film Festival, United Kingdom

  • 2018 Montreal Stop Motion Festival, Canada

  • 2018 Holebikort Short Film Festival, Belgium

  • 2018 Tacoma Film Fest, USA

  • 2018 New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival, Japan

  • 2018 TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, USA

  • 2018 LesGaisCineMad LGBT Film Festival, Spain

  • 2018 NEWFEST, NYC LGBTQ Film Festival, USA

  • 2018 Austin Music Video Festival, USA

  • 2018 Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival, Italy

  • 2018 Image + Nation LGBTQ Festival, Canada

  • 2018 CutOut Animation Festival, Mexico

  • 2019 Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival, Canada

  • 2019 LGBT + Afro Film Festival Massimadi, Canada 

  • 2019 Animac Catalunya, Spain

  • 2019 Athens Animfest, Greece

  • 2019 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Canada

  • 2019 TLV Fest - Tel Aviv Int. LGBT Film Festival, Israel

  • 2019 Kyiv Int. Short Film Festival, Ukraine

  • 2019 Halifax Animation Festival, Canada

  • 2019 Kashish Mumbai Int. Queer Film Festival, India

  • 2019 Fest Anca International Animation Festival, Slovakia

  • 2019 Outfest LA LGBT Film Festival, USA

  • 2019 ASIFA East 3rd annual Queer Animation Show

  • 2019 Porn Film Festival Berlin, Germany

  • 2019 Queer Media Festival Manchester, UK

  • 2019 Merlinka Queer FIlm Festival, Serbia


Producer: Shaun Brodie
Creators: Daniel Sterlin-Altman, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Shaun Brodie
Writer & Director: Daniel Sterlin-Altman
Director of Photography: Evan DeRushie
Set Designer: Sage Szkabernicki-Stuart
Puppets: Chason Yeboah
Animators: Evan DeRushie, Daniel Sterlin-Altman, Martha Grant
Arrangement: Thom Gill
Performed by the Queer Songbook Orchestra:
Guitar & Voice - Thom Gill
Piano - Ghislain Aucoin
Double Bass - Daniel Fortin
Drums - Stefan Schneider
Chorus Vocals - Alex Samaras, Alanna Stuart,
Lief Mosbaugh, Ghislain Aucoin
With production and studio support from TAIS (Toronto Animated Image Society)

We'll Reach the Sky Tonight
Written by Rita MacNeil
Big Pond Publishing & Productions (SOCAN)/Canadiana Music (SOCAN)

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

World premiere of Reach the Sky, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, June, 2018. Photos by Tanja Tiziana.