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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The paradoxes that define us

8 Jan

I’m an outdoors person, and the only thing that reconciles me to a gym is… podcasts! This time of the year, while waiting for more snow, I listen a lot to radio programs, from Radio-Canada, the BBC and Democracy Now in particular. Over the last few weeks, I noted a few very interesting comments about [...]

The Sprinkler Sprinkled – Interviewing Marc Glassman

19 Dec

L’arroseur arrosé was the title of the 1895 Louis Lumière film which qualifies as the first-ever comedy and first-ever fiction film. The idea of the ‘Sprinkler Sprinkled’ has wide currency in French, but much less so in English. Nonetheless it applies this week on this blog to Marc Glassman, editor of POV Magazine, the excellent [...]

Alter-Cine Foundation supports filmmakers in the South

7 Dec

From the film " Sands of the Skei Queen"

A few weeks ago I participated in the selection committee for the Alter-Cine Foundation which lends modest but sometimes crucial support to filmmakers in Southern countries. The foundations criteria specify that it favours projects which support human rights and give a voice to people who are powerless or victimized. And of course projects which have [...]

Terrific Wapikoni mobile benefit

2 Dec

Wapikoni mobile benefit - Samian

A few days ago I went to a terrific benefit concert for Wapikoni mobile at Club Soda in downtown Montreal. Some great artists, including Anishnabe rapper Samian, Inuit singer-songwriter Elisapie Isaac, singer-songwriter Richard Séguin and the immensely popular group Loco Locass put on a great show. (Photo by Guy Labissionnaire.) I find Samian’s lyrics and [...]