New Brunswick's grand opening of its first e-cinema network at the NFB's initiative!

    MONCTON, NB, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Today, in New Brunswick, the National Film
Board of Canada (NFB) launches a network of e-cinema venues in partnership
with Université de Moncton, one public library and three local arts
organizations. Bouctouche, Caraquet, Edmunston, Kedgwick and Moncton are
hosting this innovative project, which exploits a new digital distribution
technology: e-cinema. These venues will give New Brunswick francophones access
to a large collection of NFB films, screened in French and for free in
locations not too far from their homes.
    "I congratulate the National Film Board of Canada and its partners, who
are dedicated to the development of culture in Francophone and Acadian
communities," said the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Status of Women and Official Languages. "This project will bring people
together and is a fine example of the creativity and vitality that the NFB has
demonstrated for nearly 70 years."
    "E-cinema is an opportunity for the NFB to reach out to Canadians
wherever they are," said Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and
Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada. "We're delighted to be
offering a program of current and relevant NFB films, in French, on crucial
topics expressing the reality of Acadian and Canadian life. This pilot project
will be a model on which the NFB can base a Canada-wide network of community

    A pilot project using innovative technology

    As a leader in film technology, the NFB takes pride in sharing its
expertise with partners of the e-cinema project and is responsible for
installation and technical support for the duration of the project. E-cinema
equipment is very light (it can be as simple as a server, a projector or an HD
TV set and a sound system), and so it has extraordinary distribution
potential, offering a greater diversity of high-quality, cost-effective
digital works. With this technology, a network can be set up in independent,
community and municipal venues.

    First-rate partners and special access to the NFB collection

    The pilot project gives New Brunswick public access to a rich and varied
francophone culture, with the participation of local organizations: la Société
culturelle Kent-Sud (Bouctouche), the Caraquet cultural centre, the Mgr
W.-J.-Conway public library (Edmundston), la Société culturelle des
Hauts-Plateaux (Kedgwick) and Université de Moncton. This three-year project,
which reaches out to the entire community, has the support of IPOLC, Canadian
Heritage's Interdepartmental Partnership with the Official-Language

    Les Rendez-vous de l'ONF en Acadie: unmissable new and award-winning

    Thirteen free programs of NFB films have been chosen with staff at each
venue. Honouring the launch evening will be Claude Cloutier's multiple
award-winning animation Isabelle au bois dormant and Richard Lavoie's
documentary Le temps des Madelinots, already very popular in Quebec. The next
screenings will be hard-hitting feature documentaries, including Le peuple
invisible by the well-known duo Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie, Junior
by Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault, and Les épouses de l'armée by
Claire Corriveau. The public will also get to see animation gems such as
Oscar(R)-winning Le poète danois by Torill Kove, the superb puppet animation
Madame Tutli-Putli by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, and the whirling
Jeu by seasoned filmmaker Georges Schwizgebel. (See the detailed schedule of
2008's first quarter in the attached program.)

    About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and
distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation and digital content
that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Since its founding
in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000
awards, including more than 90 Genies. The NFB also received its 12th Academy
Award(R) in 2007 for the animated short The Danish Poet, directed by Torill
Kove and co-produced by Norway's Mikrofilm AS and the NFB. The NFB is renowned
for its technical innovations and is a leader in content for new platforms.
For more information about the NFB or to order films, go to (less
than) than) or call 1-800-267-7710.

    For a detailed program of the Rendez-vous de l'ONF en Acadie, go to

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