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Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts Shines a Spotlight on Pioneering NFB Filmmakers and Artists

May 29, 2014

MONTREAL, May 29 -- The government of Canada released the following news on behalf of National Film Board of Canada:

On May 29, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is launching Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts, a web project offering an anecdotal portrait of the NFB's place in Canadian cinema as told through the stories of some of its artists, rebels and dreamers.

Directed by Denys Desjardins and Joanne Robertson, and created as part of the NFB's 75th- anniversary celebrations, the 61 short profiles in Making Movie History are organized into 13 thematic categories, each a mix of interview and excerpts from classic NFB works.

The legendary creators profiled in Making Movie History span the NFB's history from its inception in 1939 up to the mid-1990s, and include such key figures in Canadian cinema as Colin Low, Michel Brault, Tom Daly, Pierre Juneau, Don Owen, Alanis Obomsawin, Bonnie Sherr Klein, Kaj Pindal, Pierre Patry, Jean Claude Labrecque, Marcel Carricre and Michcle Cournoyer.

Making Movie History is based on an original idea by Denys Desjardins. The short films were produced by Johanne Bergeron and Michelle van Beusekom. The web experience was designed and programmed by Steve Mackey and produced by Michelle van Beusekom.

The profiles in Making Movie History explore various themes and topics--such as John Grierson and the war years, the early days of animation, the founding of the NFB's French Unit, the birth of Direct Cinema, Canadian fiction filmmaking, Aboriginal and feminist cinemaaEurosand look at how the NFB spread out across the country to connect with audiences and serve communities in new ways.

There are also profiles of a largely forgotten first generation of women filmmakers at the NFB such as Evelyn Cherry, who had worked with NFB founder John Grierson in London and was one of the few original Canadian NFB staff filmmakers with prior film experience, and Gudrun Parker, whom Grierson hired away from the Winnipeg Free Press and later became head of the NFB's education production unit in 1945.

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