Posts Tagged ‘Montreal’

Animation News: Sharp Shorts for a New Millennium

Production

The idea that animation can serve as a vehicle for important public messages is embedded in the very foundations of the NFB animation tradition. Back in 1941, when John Grierson hired his first staff animator, a gifted New York-based Scottish artist by the name of Norman McLaren, his most pressing assignment for the wildly inventive

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The history of Expo 67’s Labyrinth Pavilion

A highlight of Montreal’s Expo 67 was certainly the creation of the Labyrinth Pavilion by the NFB. Come and take a look inside!

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Photo Friday | Spring Fun and Games

Jump into spring with these fun, carefree photos of young girls at play in the backstreets of Montreal in the mid-1970s.

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Pierrot in Montreal: The Sad Clown and His Lady Love

Films

To celebrate World Theatre Day (March 27), enjoy Pierrot in Montreal, a little jewel from 1957 that re-tells the story of Columbine, Pierrot and Harlequin.

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Photo Friday | The Days Before Christmas

Take a quick break from your holiday preparations with these magical pictures from The Days Before Christmas (1958). Directed by 3 NFB heavyweights (Stanley Jackson, Wolf Koenig and Terence Macartney-Filgate), the film is a sweeping overview of the city of Montreal during the few days leading up to Christmas, in the year 1958. oehttps://www.nfb.ca/film/the_days_before_christmas/ The film,

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Inside the Disturbed and Disturbing Collage Films of Avant-Garde Genius Arthur Lipsett

Films

Step into the mind and works of Arthur Lipsett, a groundbreaking NFB filmmaker who articulated his unique vision through collage films and inspired both George Lucas and Stanley Kubrick.

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Photo Friday | First Day of School, Montreal, 1962

Take a stroll around a Montreal working-class neighbourhood on the first day of class with these photos from September Five at Saint-Henri (1962.)

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Photo Friday | Filming with Montreal’s Urban Poor in the 1960s

The NFB was always cutting-edge. Between 1967 and 1980, its activist documentary program Challenge for Change produced almost 250 films and videos to confront a wide spectrum of issues, from poverty to sexism to marginalization. Coming into and working with low-income communities, the program used video recordings and closed circuit television to stimulate social debate and action. Among the

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Making the Invisible Visible | Meet the Winning Team!

Meet the winning team, chosen by the NFB and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, that will create an interactive work of art for a public space.

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Ninth Floor: A Conversation with Selwyn Jacob

Production

It was the late 60s and Montreal was still basking in the glow of Expo 67, its great moment in the international spotlight — and then came the biggest student uprising in Canada’s history. The Sir George Williams Affair, as it came to be known, started quietly when a few Caribbean students at Sir George

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On Screenwriting | Notes from the Man Behind Barney’s Version

Films

Barney’s Version screenwriter Michael Konyves reflects on life-changing books, Montreal and regrets in this rare guest blog post.

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Ninth Floor Strikes Archival Gold

Production

The sound was rough, the image blurred — but the content was gold. Editor Carmen Pollard had already completed a rough cut of Ninth Floor, Mina Shum’s feature doc about the Sir George Williams Affair, when a key new piece of visual history came to light. “More than great archival imagery, it was evidence, and

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