Includes Jenny Cartwright’s La Course, an inside look at the Quebec election. Five new documentary and animation projects in production at the National Film Board of Canada.
Image from La Course. Photo by Jenny Cartwright
August 30, 2022 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has greenlit five new productions and co-productions.
One of the highlights of the upcoming slate of works is Jenny Cartwright’s feature-length documentary film La Course, which will follow four candidates through the 2022 Quebec general election, right up to election day on October 3.
For more information on these and other projects currently in the works across NFB studios, visit the NFB Production web page.
- À moitié chemin – short film
Directors: Anika Lirette, Gop Paosgnmgoe
Producer: Christine Aubé | Quebec, Canadian Francophonie and Acadian Documentary Studio | 100% NFBÀ moitié chemin is an inspiring personal reflection by a family from the Esgenoôpetitj Mi’kmaq First Nation. Hard-hitting testimonials by the filmmaker’s parents allow us to put our role and our relationships in this constantly evolving society into perspective.
- La Course – feature-length film
Director: Jenny Cartwright
Producer: Pierre-Mathieu Fortin | Quebec, Canadian Francophonie and Acadian Documentary Studio | 100% NFBDuring the run-up to the October 2022 provincial election in Quebec, Jenny Cartwright follows four candidates from newer political parties, whose respective campaigns illustrate the many shortcomings of the electoral system.
- Skinny– short film
Director: Eisha Marjara
Co-producers: Ariel Nasr (Quebec and Atlantic Studio) and Joe Balass (Compass Productions)As a teenager, director Eisha Marjara narrowly escaped dying from a severe eating disorder. This experimental short is an unflinching look at the alienation of a Punjabi-Canadian girl in a small Quebec town.
- Wabano – short film
Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin, with associate producer Amanda Roy | Quebec and Atlantic Studio | 100% NFBThe only community health centre of its kind in the world, Wabano provides a feeling of belonging and a place to meet all of your relations.
- Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying– short animated documentary
Directors: Natalie Baird and Toby Gillies
Producer: Alicia Smith, North West Studio | 100% NFBDon’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying centres on Edith, an 87-year-old living in a personal care home. Several animation techniques interpret Edith’s thoughts on grief and her capacity to live “a hundred lives all over again.”
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