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Persistence of Vision (film)

Persistence of Vision is a 2012 documentary film based on Richard Williams' experiences trying to get The Thief and the Cobbler made. The film was directed by filmmaker Kevin Schreck. Its tagline is, "the untold story of the greatest animated film never made." The film premiered in Canada on 4 October 2012 at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Persistence of Vision
Directed byKevin Schreck
Produced byKevin Schreck
Music byAdi Yeshaya
CinematographyKevin Schreck
Edited byMaureen Gosling
Kevin Schreck
Kevin Schreck Productions
Release date
  • October 4, 2012 (2012-10-04) (Vancouver International Film Festival)
Running time
83 min
United Kingdom
United States


Animator Richard Williams attempts to finish his masterpiece, a long-term vanity project called The Thief and the Cobbler. Though he did not participate in the making of the film, archival footage of Williams is combined with interviews with his co-workers. [1]



Drew Taylor of IndieWire called the film "a heartbreaking account" and a "Herculean accomplishment".[2] The Globe and Mail rated the film 3.5/4 stars and called the film "gripping".[3] Jeff Shannon of The Seattle Times rated the film 3.5/4 stars and described it as "engrossing" and "surprisingly suspenseful".[4]


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Persistence of Vision Buffalo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Of Festival Won[5]
2013 Persistence of Vision Buffalo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary Won[5]


  1. ^ DOC NYC
  2. ^ "Doc NYC Review: 'Persistence of Vision' Is A Heartbreaking Account Of A Thwarted Animated Masterpiece". Indiewire. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  3. ^ Canada (2012-10-03). "VIFF movie review: Persistence of Vision". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  4. ^ Shannon, Jeff (2013-08-15). "'Persistence of Vision': Documenting mystery of unfinished masterpiece". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  5. ^ a b "2013 Audience Awards " Buffalo International Film Festival". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-10-18.

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