For a two-year period - Paule Baillargeon and Philippe Baylaucq named cinéastes en résidence (filmmakers-in-residence) at NFB French Program



    MONTREAL, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Two renowned documentary filmmakers,
Paule Baillargeon and Philippe Baylaucq, are assuming the mantle of NFB
cinéastes en résidence (filmmakers-in-residence). Eagerly awaited by industry
insiders, the news was announced this morning in Montreal by Monique Simard,
Director General of French Program at the National Film Board of Canada, in
the presence of Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson
of the NFB, and the two filmmakers. The documentarists' two-year stint will
begin in a few weeks.
    Monique Simard said, "We received 105 high-quality applications, proving
the vitality of homegrown documentary filmmaking and the attraction exerted by
the NFB. Paule Baillargeon and Philippe Baylaucq will benefit from outstanding
creative support so they can push the limits of their art and make possible
what would be impossible anywhere outside the NFB. Our production teams will
also benefit from the highly valued and diverse experience of these mentors,"
she concluded.
    Tom Perlmutter underscored that the Cinéastes en résidence program is a
concrete example of what makes the NFB a laboratory for creative innovation:
"This project will enable us to better support programming excellence at the
NFB - one of the key goals of our Strategic Plan - thanks to the talent and
creativity of these filmmakers."
    The Cinéastes en résidence program is an opportunity for experienced
francophone filmmakers who are already active in documentary to join French
Program in Montreal full-time for two years. Paule Baillargeon and Philippe
Baylaucq submitted remarkable projects and possess a wealth of wide-ranging
experience. They will also make a vital contribution to life at NFB French
Program, where they will be full members throughout their residence.
    When she was appointed head of French Program in August 2008, Monique
Simard stated that she would allocate more resources to production and
innovation. This vision, a cornerstone of the 2008-2013 NFB Strategic Plan,
will be realized in part by the restoration of the Cinéastes en résidence
program. French Program fosters auteur documentary and projects that take an
innovative approach to multiplatform content.

    Paule Baillargeon

    Baillargeon has made her mark in cinema, both behind and in front of the
camera as an actress, scriptwriter and director. She studied at the National
Theatre School of Canada and was a member of the class that quit the school en
masse in protest in the fall of 1968, without graduating. In 1969, she helped
found the Grand Cirque ordinaire, a creative theatre collective, which is
where her career began. She has acted in some thirty feature films, including
Vie d'ange (Angel Life) by Pierre Harel, La femme de l'hôtel (A Woman in
Transit) by Léa Pool, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing by Patricia Rozema and
Jésus de Montréal by Denys Arcand. She has also won fame in a variety of
telefilms and teleplays, such as Claude Meunier and Louis Saia's Les voisins.
She wrote and directed her first film in 1975, Anastasie oh ma chérie. Her
first feature, La cuisine rouge (1979), which she wrote and co-directed with
Frédérique Collin, left a profound impression on the history of women's
filmmaking in Quebec. She is also the multi-award-winning director of Sonia
(1985), on Alzheimer's, and Le sexe des étoiles (The Sex of the Stars, 1993),
adapted from the novel by Monique Proulx. Her work as a scriptwriter includes
the short film Montréal vue d'ailleurs by Denys Arcand in the anthology film
Montréal vu par (Montreal Sextet, 1991). For the past few years Baillargeon
has focused her attention on documentary filmmaking: Claude Jutra, portrait
sur film (Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story, 2002) won three Gemini Awards and
a Gémeaux, while Le petit Jean-Pierre, le grand Perreault (Jean-Pierre
Perreault: Giant Steps, 2004) won awards in Canada and the U.S.

    Philippe Baylaucq

    An independent director, Philippe Baylaucq has made a variety of
documentaries, dramas and experimental works for film, TV and video. He
studied fine arts and cinema at the prestigious Hornsey College and Saint
Martins School of Arts in London, England. His works have won numerous awards
in Canada and abroad: Lodela (1996) garnered 11 international distinctions and
Mystère B. (1998) won a prize at FIFA. His documentaries Les couleurs du sang
(2000) and Sables émouvants (Moving Sands, 2003) were selected at several
festivals, while the musical tale Hugo et le dragon (Hugo and the Dragon,
2001) toured the world. In 2007, he was director and coordinator of the
feature film Un cri au bonheur (Happiness Bound), created by a filmmaker
collective. The year 2008 saw him directing a scientific documentary, La
dynamique du cerveau, and launching at the Rencontres internationales du
documentaire de Montréal Le magicien de Kaboul (A Dream for Kabul), a
documentary feature shot in New York, Tokyo and Kabul. Baylaucq is currently
editing the documentary Il était deux fois un jardin, on the Reford Gardens
and their visionary creators. Deeply involved in the filmmaking industry, he
received the 2001 Lumières prize for his work advancing the status of his
profession during his chairmanship of ARRQ (Association des réalisateurs et
réalisatrices du Québec) from 1996 to 2000. Since 2005 he has chaired the
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal.

    About the NFB

    The world changes, our stories live on - that's the National Film Board
of Canada's pledge to Canadians as it marks its 70th anniversary in 2009 with
a new national online Screening Room and a slate of bold, innovative
productions. Canada's public film producer and distributor, the NFB produces
and distributes social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative
drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian
perspective. In collaboration with its international partners and
co-producers, the NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st century cinema and
breaking new ground in form and content, through community filmmaking
projects, cross-platform media, interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation -
and more. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000
productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90
Genies. To watch over 1,000 productions online or for more information, visit
(NFB.ca).


    
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For further information: Pat Dillon, NFB publicist, (514) 283-9411,
p.a.dillon@nfb.ca Source: National Film Board of Canada

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