When asked about her creative process, Alanis Obomsawin, the renowned Abenaki filmmaker, always says that first she listens—without a camera in the room—to people share their stories
The Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, the Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, the Haifa International Film Festival, the Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board of Canada, Hub Montréal and Xn Québec are proud to introduce the twelve candidates who will participate in New Identities, a series of workshops designed to foster conversations about identity and push the limits of new forms of narration.
On June 24, 1964, filmmaker Gilles Groulx was in a recording studio in New Jersey with John Coltrane, recording the music for The Cat in the Bag.
Here’s a look back at one of Quebec cinema’s cult films, Gilles Groulx’s Le chat dans le sac (The Cat in the Bag), just in time for the release of previously unissued recordings by John Coltrane that appear on the film’s soundtrack.
In a world overwhelmed with stimuli and fast-paced entertainment, what could a short black-and-white documentary from the 1960s on skateboarding possibly have to offer? Everything.
In some ways, The Physics of Sorrow is a culmination of Theodore Ushev’s work to date. It’s an epic, pained and deeply personal musing on the wounds of a generation of people in exile—not from their homeland but from themselves.
The term ‘archival material’ covers a dizzying spectrum of possibilities, everything from radio interviews to family snapshots, and it can provide the lifeblood to a historical documentary. Just ask Courtney...
In 1984–85, I was a CEGEP student and aspiring writer, hoping to eventually make a name for myself writing poetry. One of my English teachers introduced me to the work of PEI poet Milton Acorn, and I was drawn to him right away.
“There are no ghosts in Canada… The country is too new for ghosts,” proclaimed a character in Susanna Moodie’s 1852 novel, Roughing It in the Bush. You might be tempted to apply the same sentiment to the notion of monsters lurking in the country’s cultural closet: there are no monsters in Canada or, at least, they typically go unnoticed.
“It was important for me to get the truth out there, from our own perspective, and do it with the respect and integrity that comes from our community. That’s been...
It’s June, 1970, close to the end of the school year. I’m in Grade One at Lynwood Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta. Our class is going to the gym to watch a film. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a film in a big room like this.
The NFB is heading to Canada’s fall festivals with a slate pulsating with contemporary energy and vision, with no fewer than five titles getting world premieres at this year’s edition of TIFF.