Persistence of Vision (film)

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Persistence of Vision
Directed by Kevin Schreck
Produced by Kevin Schreck
Music by Adi Yeshaya
Cinematography Kevin Schreck
Edited by Maureen Gosling
Kevin Schreck
Kevin Schreck Productions
Release date(s)
  • October 4, 2012 (2012-10-04) (Vancouver International Film Festival)
Running time 83 min
Country Canada
Language English

Persistence of Vision is a 2012 documentary film based on Richard Williams' experiences trying to get The Thief and the Cobbler made. Its tagline is: "about the greatest animated film never made". The film premiered in Canada on 4 October 2012 at the Vancouver International Film Festival.


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.


  • Omar Ali-Shah (archive footage)
  • Art Babbitt (archive footage)
  • Howard Blake
  • Richard Burdett
  • John Culhane
  • Antonia Dewhurst
  • Greg Duffell
  • Charles Fleischer (archive footage)
  • Julianna Franchetti
  • Ken Harris (archive footage)
  • Roy Jackson (archive footage)
  • Chris Knott
  • Ramon Modiano
  • Roy Naisbitt (archive footage)
  • Brent Odell
  • Philip Pepper
  • Michael Schlingmann
  • Richard Williams (archive footage)
  • Robin Williams (archive footage)
  • Robert Zemeckis (archive footage)


Drew Taylor of IndieWire called the film "a heartbreaking account" and a "Herculean accomplishment".[1] The Globe and Mail rated the film 3.5/4 stars and called the film "gripping".[2] Jeff Shannon of The Seattle Times rated the film 3.5/4 stars and described it as "engrossing" and "surprisingly suspenseful". [3]


Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Persistence of Vision Buffalo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Of Festival Won[4]
2013 Persistence of Vision Buffalo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary Won[4]


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