One of the best parts about sharing a film at festivals is being able to field great questions and feed audience curiosity, often by sharing anecdotes about what happened behind the scenes. Here are some of the stories we got to share in-person with audiences over the past months.
Seems like an oxymoron, but while I was drowning in the deep end of sorrow, I discovered the absolute safest place for me was riding a motorcycle.
“If there’s one film I have to make, it’s this one.” This message to NFB producer Denis McCready is what initially got Why?—a film on sexual violence and teens—off the ground.
When my dad found out he was sick, the first thing he said was that he wanted to make one final film. A tribute to his life’s work. On and off for 15 years, he had travelled around the world by himself shooting a film about Utopia.
What is the definition of “sharing”? When the National Film Board of Canada asked me to write a blog post about their Season of Sharing offer, I wasn’t too sure where to start.
There were a few rules we were taught at journalism school that were sacrosanct: Stay objective, don’t get too close to those you’re covering and do not become part of the story. Well, our documentary, The Perfect Story, ignores all that.
A short documentary essay on solitude, filmed in Spanish and narrated by filmmaker Rosana Matecki, Saturday Night (2021) offers a poetic and bittersweet snapshot of aging in an urban setting, viewed through the lens of dance.
Making Unspoken Tears immersed me in the violence of war and the trauma it inflicts on people. I wanted to use the integration of young refugees into Quebec’s school system as a way into this subject.
It’s 2017 and we’re meeting Chris Morrissey, the founder of Rainbow Refugee, at an Italian cafe on a Tuesday afternoon in East Vancouver.
Using footage from security cameras, as well as video-call footage and home-video archives, Perfecting the Art of Longing is acclaimed filmmaker Kitra Cahana’s powerful collaboration with her father, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana, who suffered a devastating brainstem stroke that left him “locked in”.
As I write these words, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just published its latest report. Unsurprisingly, its predictions, like those of the previous report, are absolutely terrifying.
Overnight, Ghyslain’s digital doppelgänger was drawn out of the shadows and into harsh light. That stolen moment even gave rise to a modern myth that, almost 20 years later, has taken control of part of his life story.