A Word From Jocelyne and Others…

22 Aug

Magnus would have felt honoured by the outpouring of praise from friends and colleagues on his blog, on his Facebook page, on the Doc list serv, and in the media. He was a public kind of guy, sharing not only his insights into documentary practice and his love for film in general, but also his […]

1948 – 2012

2 Aug

Our dear friend, father, brother, colleague, militant, activist has passed away Thursday August 2nd, 2012, after a struggle with cancer. Magnus, notre ami, père, frère, miltant, activiste, collègue est décédé jeudi, le 2 août suite à un combat contre le cancer. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Screening ‘Over My Dead Body’

28 Jul

David St-Pierre, Choreographer

David St-Pierre, Choreographer I recently saw a documentary which I consider to be one of the best I’ve ever seen, OVER MY DEAD BODY (trailer). It follows renowned Quebec choreographer Dave St. Pierre during the several year period when he waits for a lung transplant – the only way to save his life from cystic fibrosis. […]

Finishing ‘Ma vie réelle’

4 Jul

Ma vie réelle

Danny Raymond, Alex ‘Breezy’ Bryson, Mikerson ‘Swagga Kid’ Stiverne and his older brother Michael ‘da Prince Stiverne. Last year I told you about the shooting of my film about troubled youths in Montreal-North. I have been following three young school dropouts, Alex (métis) Danny (white) and Michael(black), for a year and a half. And because […]

Real Estate Development Gone Wild

20 Jun

Invasion Construction

Montreal documentary filmmaker Martin Frigon recently released a film called La Grande Invasion (The Great Invasion, produced by Productions Multi-Monde) on a subject which is very close to my heart: the impact of out-of-control real estate development on local communities.My father who was an artist and art school director in Sweden spent a good part […]

Kazimi on 3D and Documentaries

15 May

Ali Kazimi

  Last fall I posted part one of an interview with my friend Ali Kazimi on 3D and its potential for documentary. Here is part 2. Ali is an award-winning filmmaker and most recently author of Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru – An Illustrated History (www.undesirables.ca). He is an associate professor in the […]

Blog Changing Its Skin

30 Apr

The other day I went to see spring arrive at the Montapen falls north of Joliette, an hour and a half’s drive from Montreal.   Dear subscribers and other readers, As you may or may not have noticed, with the overwhelming influx of messages which afflicts most of us, my blog has not been active […]

Jacques Leduc and Memories of a Different Era

24 Feb

Jacques Leduc

Jacques Leduc This past weekend I went to some screenings at the annual Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois and caught up with some documentaries I missed last year. The RVCQ offers a dazzling combination of riches: fiction and docs, animation and multi-media experiences, screenings, workshops, panels and round tables. My friend and constant co-worker Martin Duckworth […]

Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975 at Cinema Politica

9 Feb

Black Power Mix Tape

Angela Davis interviewed by Swedish Television. ( SVT) Last week I went to another excellent screening at Cinema Politica’s home base at Concordia University, now only one of their 75 chapters on campuses across this continent and in Europe. I saw a terrific film, The Black Power Mix Tape 1967-75 which screened last year at […]

I LOVE DOCS : GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT

1 Feb

I Love Docs

Former judge Andrée Ruffo speaks out for docs. A recent Vancouver Sun article sums up the crisis of the long-form documentary in Canada. Cutbacks everywhere, shrinking budgets and most of all diminishing broadcast windows. Outside of the National Film Board and the arts councils, the whole Canadian funding system is based on acquiring a broadcast […]