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Quiet Zone by Karl Lemieux and David Bryant streaming free on NFB.ca


Collage Note aux Médias

September 15, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Quiet Zone, a short by Godspeed You! Black Emperor member David Bryant and band collaborator Karl Lemieux, streams free of charge in the NFB.ca Screening Room as of today. Produced by Julie Roy at the NFB, the film had its world premiere in Rotterdam in 2015 and has screened widely on the international festival circuit (including in Leipzig, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Bucharest and Zurich) and in Canada (at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois). Quiet Zone is Karl Lemieux’s second collaboration with the NFB, following Mamori (2010), also produced by Julie Roy, and the first for David Bryant. Maudite poutine, Karl Lemieux’s first feature film, just had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Quiet Zone (14 min)

Combining elements of documentary, film essay, science fiction and experimental film, Quiet Zone defies genres to address the phenomenon of electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

“Hypnotic and unsettling.”
– Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

“An impressive hallucinatory experience.”
– Odile Tremblay, Le Devoir

“A unique look at the senses.”
– Silvia Galipeau, La Presse

About the filmmakers

Karl Lemieux

Born in 1980 in Kingsey Falls (Quebec, Canada), Lemieux is the co-founder of the Double Negative Collective. He has directed several experimental films (Motion of Light, 2004; Western Sunburn, 2006; Mamori, 2010) and given numerous live cinema performances with avant-garde musicians. Lemieux has been performing with the band Godspeed You! Black Emperor since 2010.

David Bryant

Musician, recordist and sound designer David Bryant is known for his role in the bands Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hiss Tracts and Set Fire to Flames. In 2004, he built The Pines Recording Studio, where he has produced the music and sound design for Madame Tutli-Putli (Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, 2007) and Passage (Karl Lemieux, 2007). Quiet Zone is his directorial debut.


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