Posts written by Carolyne Weldon
 

Carolyne Weldon is a Montreal-based writer and photographer. Raised in the woods by parents who strongly believed in yoga camp, TV-deprivation and seaweed-based desserts, she left home to study linguistics and anthropology. Soon shelving the vague dream of saving the world’s endangered languages she fell headlong into compulsive travel, developing an unusual love for Turkey, the Arctic and pickup truck road trips. Carolyne holds a post-graduate degree in journalism, a great cover for her deep-rooted penchant for talking to strangers. She loves owls, all things coconut, bass-heavy music and the colour turquoise. Contact Carolyne Weldon at c.weldon@nfb.ca

Hot Stuff

Playing With Fire: Watch Zlatko Grgić’s Hot Stuff on NFB.ca

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Enjoy a hilarious reminder of the perils of playing with fire with this short cartoon by celebrated Croatian animator Zlatko Grgić.

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Survival in the Bush

Watch the Grandpa of All Survival Shows: Survival in the Bush

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Watch Survival in the Bush, a short 1954 film that shows how a little basic woodlore can save a man’s life when marooned in the wilderness.

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We Were Children

We Were Children: Reactions from Residential School Survivors and Other Viewers

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Discover powerful comments left by Residential School survivors and other viewers after watching our 2012 film, We Were Children.

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Paradise

Freedom Flyers: Ishu Patel’s Paradise

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Discover this richly-illustrated Ishu Patel animated short about birds, beauty, gilded captivity and the true cost of freedom.

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Norman McLaren

Photo Friday | 20 Brilliant Pictures of Norman McLaren

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Norman McLaren (11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987) was a genius, an artisan and a magician. In 1941, the young Scottish-born animator moved to Canada at the invitation of the NFB’s first commissioner, John Grierson, who wanted him to open an animation studio and to train Canadian animators. The rest is history. Here in

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Adventures

Watch 3 NFB Films Featuring Talking Animals

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Although chimpanzees, bonobos, meerkats, bees, dolphins, sea lions and even mustached bats are said to “communicate” with other members of their species, humans remain to this day the undisputed bosses of language on planet Earth. It’s nothing personal, nor to celebrate. A cursory glance at the world will convince you this language superiority of ours

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Circle of the Sun

Photo Friday | Circle of the Sun

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Directed by the one and only Colin Low in 1960, Circle of the Sun is a rare invitation to a gathering of the Blood Indians of Alberta. The doc features a very young (and very dapper) Pete Standing Alone, then an outsider to his own culture – a man vastly more interested in rodeos than

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Rae Spoon

Sneak a Peek at Rae Spoon’s My Prairie Home

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We’re releasing a documentary-musical about transgender musician and author Rae Spoon this fall and we have a wee excerpt to share with you. The film, titled My Prairie Home, is a portrait of Rae Spoon’s queer and musical coming of age, set under the Canadian Prairie’s famously big sky. The clip (below) is both an actual

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Séances

Guy Maddin Discusses Montreal, Dreams and His New Seances Project

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Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin arrived in Montreal earlier this month to tackle an ambitious feat: the filming of 12 short films in 13 days. The shoot was part of Seances, Maddin’s new and tantalizingly mysterious project. The basic premise of Seances is that most silent filmmakers lost at least one of their films to a

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Land of the Long Day

Under the Midnight Sun: Watch 3 Films About Inuit Summer Life

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The Canadian Arctic is not a place most of us know too well. What’s up there, really? We imagine vast white expanses, ice floes bobbing around, the odd snowmobile or polar bear. What rarely occurs to us, however, is that once a year, in the summer months, the Arctic gets summer. The ice melts, the

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Mr Merglers Gift

Watch 4 Films About Kids and Music

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Everyone knows music is good for kids. Music helps children develop language skills, listening skills and even math skills. Music promotes children’s self-esteem, helps stimulate brain connections and relieves stress. Music also encourages creativity in children, and teaches them the virtues of hard work and discipline. All that goodness considered, it seems impossible that films

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Stampede Fever

Stampede Fever Forever: Watch 3 Films About Cowboys and Rodeos

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Despite the fact its grounds and racetrack were recently under water, the 101st edition of the Calgary Stampede opened today as planned. Even as floodwaters from the nearby Elbow River submerged large swaths of Southern Alberta, Stampede chairman Bob Thompson said last week the Stampede would proceed no matter what. “Throughout our entire history, we

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