Posts Tagged ‘National Film Board of Canada’

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Settling Scores: Q&A with Composer Jeff Johnston

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Jeff Johnston comes to film music as one of Canada’s most accomplished jazz pianists. In a career that spans over 25 years, he’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz – Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Archie Shepp, Slide Hampton and a host of other luminaries. Raised in a musical household in St. John’s,

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Birth of a Family Confronts Legacy of the Sixties Scoop

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It’s September 16, 2015, a busy Wednesday afternoon at the Calgary International Airport. A small NFB crew is about to document an extraordinary encounter — a crucial early scene in Birth of a Family, a doc currently in production at the North West Studio. As incoming passengers stream into the arrival hall, director Tasha Hubbard

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The Thin Red Line: New Animation from Torill Kove

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Few artists mine family lore with such aplomb as NFB animator Torill Kove. Her first short My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts, a fond and finely wrought tribute to her grandmother, earned an Oscar nomination along with a Special Prize from the 2000 Hiroshima International Animation Festival. A few years later she brought home an

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Lights, Camera, Parity: NFB Women Shine at Hot Docs

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It’s a banner year for NFB women directors. Only weeks after the NFB made its historic commitment to gender parity in production, Canada’s public producer is heading to Hot Docs with no fewer than eight films by women directors — a diverse crop of new and classic titles that includes four feature docs making their

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Unarmed Verses: Singing their Own Song

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13 year-old Francine Valentine and the other kids from Villaways Park rarely get to come downtown, let alone record their own songs in a professional studio. Yet here they are: laying down some tracks. Making their own kind of music. Filmmaker Charles Officer is on hand to capture the moment – and the scene is

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NFB English Production: Five to Watch in 2016

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2016 kicked off on a high note here at the NFB with news that Canada’s public producer has nabbed 19 Canadian Screen Award nominations – getting the nod in no fewer than 14 different categories. The same range and innovation is evident in the English Program’s current production slate. Here are five projects to keep

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Gil’s Gift  

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Gil Cardinal — fearless filmmaker and big-hearted mentor to generations of Indigenous artists — has left us. He died in his hometown of Edmonton on November 21, and while scores of friends and admirers across Canada and around the world are mourning their loss, they are also celebrating his singular and enduring achievement. “Gil’s legacy

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Massimo’s Feast

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Massimo Bottura knows a thing or two about feeding people. One of the most inventive proponents of contemporary Italian cuisine, he’s hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of Italian chefs and his flagship eatery, Osteria Francescana, in his hometown of Modena, routinely ranks among the world’s very best restaurants. So when it was announced that the

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Feature Docs Take Flight at NFB

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Updated September 17, 2015 The Toronto International Film Festival, which kicked off on September 10, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a program that boasts one of the biggest documentary sections in the event’s history. Among the non-fiction titles getting world premieres is a much anticipated feature doc from Pacific & Yukon Studio, Ninth Floor,

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Teaching NFB Interactive Film at SXSWedu

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Discover the NFB’s collection of interactive film at SXSWedu, and explore how these works can engage students on important topics. Teachers tell us that interactive works support curriculum and are fun and easy to use. Vote now to see the NFB interactive workshop proposal included in the SXSWedu program offer for 2016.

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Astra Taylor Pops Question: What Is Democracy?

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Nobody can accuse filmmaker and author Astra Taylor of shying away from an intellectual and creative challenge. Her latest documentary project takes on the set of ideas and practices that we’ve come to know as democracy – aiming to reframe the concept within the economic and political realities of the 21st century. What is Democracy?

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Indigenous New Wave: NFB at the Pan Am Games

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Archival footage serves as both inspiration and raw material in Souvenir, an audacious series of shorts by Aboriginal artists that gets its world premiere during the upcoming Pan Am Games in Toronto. Four leading figures in the Indigenous arts — Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby and Michelle Latimer — have each crafted a three-to-four-minute

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