Birdlime is the name for a sticky substance, usually made from holly bark or mistletoe, which is spread on branches to trap wild birds intended for export or trade. The film observes one bird who barely manages to escape this industry, yet remains trapped in a cage and surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and un-birdlike creatures.

I made this film thanks to financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council. It was shot over the course of 9 months at The Toronto Animated Image Society. Post-production services, like sound design, colour correction and DCP creation, were supplied by Victory Social Club


  • Writer/Director/Animator: Evan DeRushie

  • Voices: Helen Donnelly, Phil Koole, Laura Harris, Andrew Gaboury

  • Puppets: Brenda Baumgarten

  • Art director: Winston Hacking

  • Music: Bram Gielen

  • Armatures: Mike Emiglio, Brenda Baumgarten

  • Sound: Marcel Ramagnano

  • Colourist: Zachary Cox