Posts Tagged ‘National Film Board of Canada’

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Creative Doc Lab: Non-fiction Spreads its Wings

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It was the NFB’s founding film commissioner, that great Scottish visionary John Grierson, who actually coined the term “documentary” — and from its inception Canada’s public producer has played a leading role in developing the genre. With the feature-length doc currently enjoying an international renaissance, the NFB has partnered with the Canadian Film Centre to

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We Regret to Inform You: Deconstructing Disability

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The notion that “disabled” and “productive” are mutually exclusive identities is skewered in We Regret to Inform You, a lively short doc from Northwest Studio that exposes the institutional obstacles facing Canadians living with disability. Heidi Janz was born with cerebral palsy: her mobility and speech are severely impaired. So when she recently lost her

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Tess Takes Off: As the Crow Flies

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At the age of 17, Tess Girard learned to fly. It was the summer of 2000 and she was among a group of young people who received intensive pilot training with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. “It was one of the most demanding things I’ve ever done — and it was magic,” she remembers. “Later

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Hercules Enters the Ring: New NFB Animation

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An anime-inflected retelling of the Hercules story and brand new work from the Dutch-Canadian master Paul Driessen are among projects currently in the works at the Montreal-based Animation Studio. Noir meets Anime in Tale of Youthful Rage The tale of a conflicted young boxer unfolds against a dark urban backdrop in BAM, the latest work

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Ninth Floor: A Conversation with Selwyn Jacob

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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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Unarmed Verses: Growing Up “North of the 401”

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Growing up in Villaways has never been easy. Located to the north of Toronto’s great divide, in an overlooked corner of the vast inner suburban zone above Highway 401, the housing project has grappled with poverty and isolation. And now its residents confront a new uncertainty. The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is proceeding with plans

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The Apology Revisits Issue of WWII Sexual Slavery

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Historians generally refer to them as “the comfort women,” but the term hardly begins to describe the horror they endured. Tiffany Hsiung has come to think of them as “the grandmothers.” For over five years the young Toronto-based filmmaker (above left) has been unpacking their painful and unresolved history, gradually winning the trust of women

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Fort Mac Dreamin’

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The recent dramatic drop in world oil prices may be playing havoc with economic forecasts, but it has upped the creative stakes in Working the Dream, a feature doc about Fort McMurray that has just wrapped its final shoot. Established as a 19th century fur trade post, Fort Mac is now the epicentre of Canada’s

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Elephant 1967: Passage from India

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It was a job that called for green screen. Lots of green screen. Colin MacKenzie and Aparna Kapur have just completed an unusual shoot in southern India, kicking off production on Elephant 1967, a new animated documentary from Quebec-Atlantic Studio. The project revisits the poignant and little-known story of Balakrishna, a bull elephant shipped from

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By the Time We Get to Radville

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The Prairies called — and the NFB answered. A small team from the Northwest Studio recently completed an 8-day road trip across the southern prairie grasslands — a journey that took them from Magrath, Alberta, to Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, with stops in Coutts, Foremost, Eastend, Val Marie, Assiniboia and Radville. Part research, part travelling road

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Harry Mayerovitch | Meet the man behind the NFB’s most beautiful propaganda posters

Meet painter, architect, caricaturist, accordion player, poet, author and brilliant World War II NFB poster designer Harry Mayerovitch (1910-2004.)

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“Revenge is a Dead End”

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With Grassroots in Drylands, a new feature doc from Quebec-Atlantic Studio, Helene Klodawsky goes to the Middle East — and returns with a welcome message of hope. The project brings her back to the region where she made her first feature doc in 1988 — Shoot and Cry, about a young Israeli conscript in the

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