March 29, 2022 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Starting March 31 and for the entire month of April, NFB.ca will offer free streaming access to a new slate of diverse projects from NFB studios across the country. Must-sees include Mathieu Fournier’s feature-length documentary Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows, which will premiere online, and, in commemoration of Earth Day, Jennifer Abbott’s award-winning documentary feature The Magnitude of All Things and Simon Beaulieu’s White Noise, as well as a special channel exploring the environment and ecology. This rich offering joins the more than 5,500 titles already available on NFB.ca, along with our collection of some one hundred interactive works, almost all of which are available for free online viewing. You can also explore a digital project called Vimy: A Living Memorial, part of which was created by the NFB and partners to mark the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Starting March 31 – ONLINE PREMIERE
Star Wars Kid: The Rise of the Digital Shadows by Mathieu Fournier (2022, URBANIA/ NFB’s Quebec, Canadian Francophonie and Acadian Documentary Studio)
Feature-length documentary (80 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/star-wars-kid-the-rise-of-the-digital-shadows
In this documentary on the first viral phenomenon of the digital age, Ghyslain Raza (the “Star Wars Kid”) breaks his silence and reflects on his story for the first time, meeting with renowned figures along the way. In doing so, he also explores our collective experience living in an online world in which we have to make peace with our digital shadows.
Starting April 9 – Marking the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Vimy: A Living Memorial
This project consists of two digital assets: The Expedition: A Journey into Commemoration and The Digital Pilgrimage, the latter being a web experience created by the NFB in partnership with La Boîte Interactive, mirari and the Vimy Foundation. Using 2.5D technology, it seeks to explore a more personal and intimate relationship with war.
Vimy: A Living Memorial was created by the Vimy Foundation, Veterans Affairs Canada, the NFB and their partners, with the financial support of the Carswell Family.
Marking Earth Day
- Starting April 18: White Noise by Simon Beaulieu (2019, NFB’s Quebec, Canadian Francophonie and Acadian Documentary Studio)
Feature-length documentary (77 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/whitenoiseA reflection on the fate of humanity and the climate crisis in today’s age of angst-inducing hyperconnectivity, White Noise is a roller-coaster of a film, a whirlwind of sounds and images. The fourth feature-length work by Simon Beaulieu, this film essay plunges viewers into a subjective sensory adventure—a direct physical encounter with the daily information overload that has become all too common since the onset of COVID-19. The film was launched at the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM) and had a theatrical release in Quebec.
- Starting April 22: The Magnitude of All Things by Jennifer Abbott (2020, Cedar Island Films / Flying Eye Productions / NFB’s BC & Yukon Studio)
Feature-length documentary (85 min)
Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/the-magnitude-of-all-thingsJennifer Abbott’s documentary merges stories from the frontlines of climate change with recollections of the loss of her sister, drawing intimate parallels between personal and planetary grief. The Magnitude of All Things has screened at a number of prestigious festivals in Canada and abroad, including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and has garnered multiple awards around the world.
- The Green Channel: ca/channels/the_green_channelOur planet is precious! The Green Channel is dedicated to raising awareness about environmental and sustainability issues through a specially curated selection of more than 60 documentary and animated films from the NFB collection, including new releases. Don’t miss Sovereign Soil by David Curtis and The Whale and the Raven by Mirjam Leuze, along with Poplar River and Camp Morningstar from The Lake Winnipeg Project by Kevin Settee.
Learn more about the NFB’s filmmakers and its collection:
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Cedar Island Films
Flying Eye Productions
French version here | Version française ici.