MONTREAL, May 9 -- The government of Canada released the following news on behalf of National Film Board of Canada:
On Saturday, May 10, at 10:15 p.m. EDT, Canadians everywhere can catch the National Film Board of Canada's online film tributes to the eight recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada. The eight short films will go live at NFB.ca and via the NFB's apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. The films' online release has been timed to coincide with their screenings at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala.
For the seventh consecutive year, the NFB has brought together acclaimed Canadian filmmakers and NFB producers to craft a series of short signature works for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, taking place this year on May 10, 2014. The films celebrate the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists and share their talents with people across Canada and around the world.
Including this year's crop of films, the NFB has produced 56 shorts for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
- Tributes to the 2014 recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Anik Bissonnette: The Gift of Dance portrays the former principal dancer at the helm of the Ecole superieure de ballet du Quebec. Having dazzled audiences for decades with her astounding talents as a dancer, she's now teaching the rigorous fundamentals and secrets of movement that underlie her art. Directed by Philippe Baylaucq and produced by Rene Chenier.
Blue Rodeo: On the Road follows the iconic band on the last leg of their 2014 tour and revisits their early days through found footage. The film captures the essence of a band that is forever moving forward--and always finding inspiration for their songs in the landscapes and people of Canada. Directed by Millefiore Clarkes and produced by Paul McNeill.
Brent Carver: Home Through the Night is an enlightening glimpse of one of Canada's most acclaimed actors in an exhilarating display of his two great passions: acting and singing. Directed by Tim Southam and produced by Gerry Flahive.
Ballads Not Bullets tells the story of how Metis artist Tom Jackson came to use his gift for song to raise millions of dollars for the fight against poverty and homelessness. The film focuses on the importance of using our talents to give back to society. Directed by Marie Clements; produced by Cory Generoux and Bonnie Thompson.
Louise Lecavalier: Body Speech presents the dancer and choreographer in her rehearsal studio where, with searching steps, she crosses a space defined by her past. Her movements are framed by the aura of her acclaimed performances, each one a testament to a different facet of her remarkable talent. Directed by Philippe Baylaucq and produced by Rene Chenier.
Janine Sutto: 70 Years of Passion presents a grande dame of Quebec theatre who, for over 70 years, has brought to the stage her passion for her art: portraying life. A slight woman with incredible vitality, she has the look of someone who has realized her dreams. Directed by Michel La Veaux and produced by Rene Chenier.
- Tribute to the 2014 recipient of the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts
Jean Gigucre: The Measure of a Place offers a highly stylized representation of the arts community within which Gigucre has worked for decades while celebrating her particular brand of volunteerism--one marked by humour, compassion and a dedication to changing the world. Directed by Deco Dawson and produced by Alicia Smith.
- Tribute to the 2014 recipient of the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist or company in the past performance year
In Play, actor, director and artistic director Albert Schultz and some of his associates from the acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre company discuss collaboration, artistic freedom and the ability to "play." Directed by Hubert Davis and produced by Lea Marin.
- Partners of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala
The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala is the result of a dynamic partnership between three of Canada's major arts organizations. The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation is responsible for nominating and selecting the recipients. The National Arts Centre plays a key role by fundraising and producing the Gala. The NFB is a key creative concept partner, creating signature films that capture the essence of each laureate and attest to their creative genius.
Governor General's Performing Arts Awards: http://ggpaa.ca/home.aspx?lang=en-CA
National Art Centre : http://nac-cna.ca/
The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation:http://ggpaa.ca/about-the-awards.aspx?lang=en-CA
Online Screening Room: NFB.ca
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