As a Filmmaker-Songwriter, Françoise Doherty’s musical shorts have been shown worldwide and have gathered distinctions such as the Audience Choice Award at Cineffable in Paris France and the Audience Choice Award for Montreal’s Image + Nation International Film Festival. To date they have screened in 14 countries. She is a trailblazer in Queer Activism with her series of queer animated shorts for children. Her DIY approach to songwriting + animation allows the musical story to remain intimate. Musically, she composes, plays multiple instruments, sings and mixes tracks.
Her newest musical animated short "The Girl Bunnies. BIG TREE. (June 2011) is based around 4 new songs: Banana Swirl, Joy, Break Me and Waiting. As a filmmaker she composes the music first and then, creates the animated story and develops the characters. “Banana Swirl, Break Me and Waiting" were the reasons behind the story and the inspiration for the romantic light between the 2 female leads. “Joy” was the inspiration for the 2 male, mail bunny characters. For this track, she lowered her voice and sung from a male perspective. In “Break Me” she sings a 4-part harmony ambient line that pulls the song and her main vocals from despair to hope.
"The Girl Bunnies. HOCKEY." was released in 2009. The story grew out of the songs “ Girl Loves Girl, Do you Remember Me and I Like Hockey”. Besides screening in numerous festivals worldwide, it screened at the Olympic Pride House, Vancouver, during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. This marked the first time in Olympic history that Queer athletes as well as Queer coaches and Queer spectators had a Pride House.
Les Lapines (The Girl Bunnies) was released in 2008 . The song “The Loveliest Sound” was the inspiration for the script.
She has taught at several schools including Concordia University in Montreal, The University of Windsor and other tech schools/programs. She received an MFA from Cal Arts in Los Angeles.
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Francoise Doherty vocals piano guitar
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Francoise Doherty songwriter producer