Posts Tagged ‘Shirley Vercruysse’

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve Tackles Unholy History

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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve got the idea while working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Cree/Métis filmmaker had been hired by the Commission to record testimony from adult survivors of Canada’s residential schools system and among those who came forward to tell their stories was Lena Wandering Spirit.

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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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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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The Auchter Effect: Haida Myth Gets Animated

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Emerging director Christopher Auchter plunges us into a mythic watery underworld in The Mountain of SGaana, an animated short that’s just completed postproduction in the BC & Yukon Studio.

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Beauty: The Young Gender Pioneers

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Bex is only eight — a kid, not an activist. But just being Bex is revolutionary. He’s one of a growing number of gender non-conforming kids who are quietly upending deeply rooted notions of what it means to be female or male. As psychologist Diane Ehrensaft points out in her recent book The Gender Creative

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Window Horses | Discover the NFB’s First Feature-Length Animation to Screen at Annecy in Almost 20 Years

“Window Horses hits all the things that are important to me: it’s pro-girl, pro-tolerance, pro-diversity and PRO-ART!!  My nieces are mixed race and it’s very important to me that they see themselves represented in this society.” — Sandra Oh This week, the NFB returns to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival with the world premiere of the feature

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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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Resistance Song: When Docs Make Music

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“The really crucial distortions in history come not from lies, but from omissions.” So said the historian Howard Zinn noting how official North American history silences the voices of the continent’s First Peoples. Métis/Dene playwright and director Marie Clements has been challenging that official history and its many omissions for decades, and with The Road

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Pacific Animation: Three to Watch

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Three. Count ‘em. It’s barely a year since Shirley Vercruysse assumed duties as executive producer of the Pacific & Yukon Studio, and she’s already stickhandling an ambitious troika of animated films into production — three distinct auteur projects, each nurtured and driven by a specific artistic sensibility. Haida artist adapts First Nations legend Myths are

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Debris: Disaster Movie as Art

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Beachcombing is both a job and a passion for Pete Clarkson. As a park worker on the wild and beautiful outer coast of Vancouver Island, he’s been picking up marine debris for decades – and as an intertidal artist, he transforms it into joyous and light-hearted artwork. But since 2011 he’s been confronted with a more

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