Posts Tagged ‘North West Studio’

On the Trail of Canada’s Black Pioneers

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Growing up in Calgary Cheryl Foggo looked forward to the annual Stampede with excitement, but began wondering why her own ancestors, African-American homesteaders on the Canadian Prairies, were absent from Alberta’s foundation myth. With John Ware Reclaimed, she’s shining a light on the underwritten history of Alberta’s Black pioneers and the remarkable life of John Ware.

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Animation News: Sharp Shorts for a New Millennium

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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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Western Gaze: 4 to Watch from North West Studio

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The little-known story of Alberta’s Black pioneers, a darkly entertaining animation about the Hudson’s Bay Company and an interactive story shot in Cambodia are among projects currently in the works at Edmonton’s North West Studio. Here are four titles to watch for in the coming months. Skin for Skin: Heritage Moment Goes Gothic As the governor-in-chief

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New Voices, Necessary Stories: NFB at Hot Docs 2017

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Documentary is Canada’s national art form because the history of our cinema — and, in important ways, the history of our country — has been written in documentary. If you want to understand the Canadian psyche, you have to watch Canadian documentaries. So states Marc Glassman, editor of POV Magazine, writing in a special spring

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Sixties Scoop: The Restorative Power of Documentary

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A collaboration between Saskatoon journalist Betty Ann Adam and director Tasha Hubbard, both Scoop survivors, Birth of a Family chronicles an extraordinary gathering in Banff, where Betty Ann and her three siblings come together for the first time as a family unit.

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Ways of Seeing at the NFB: 5 to Watch in ’17

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Stay up-to-date with the NFB ‘s current production slate with these 5 titles to watch in 2017.

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Fixing the Gaze: New Indigenous Work at the NFB

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Take a first look at the many Indigenous-directed projects currently in development, production or release in the NFB’s English Program.

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Experimental Instagram Doc Profiles Indigenous Activism

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The face of contemporary Indigenous community activism, fuelled by new resolve and focus, is being profiled in an innovative experiment in social media storytelling from the NFB North West Studio.

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NFB Shines at Canada’s Fall Festivals

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Autumn is film festival season in Canada and the NFB English Program is embarking on the busy fall circuit with over a dozen new releases.

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Ash & Oil: Julia Ivanova’s Short on Post-fire Fort McMurray

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Ash & Oil: Fort McMurray After the Fire is the NFB’s first collaboration with the Guardian’s short documentary platform, launched in 2014 under the direction of Charlie Philips, former Deputy Director at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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Canada at 150: Classic Photo Reportage Goes Interactive

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The classic art of photo reportage gets a new lease on life in Canada at 150 – an interactive production that’s among a number of anniversary projects currently in the works at the NFB. “Still photography has its own unique power and it’s been a key asset in interactive creation from very beginning,” says Nicholas

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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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