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Samara Grace Chadwick
2018 | 90 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionVisions du Réel 2018

  • Official SelectionHot Docs 2018


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Selin Murat
Photo : © Selin Murat
Ariel Villalon, Samara Chadwick and Mathieu Wade on film shoot. (2016).
Samara Chadwick
Photo : © Samara Chadwick
The Cinematographer Pablo Alvarez-Mesa.
Selin Murat
Photo : © Selin Murat
Samara Chadwick at the Mathieu Martin School (2016).
Selin Murat
Photo : © Selin Murat
Samara Chadwick and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa at the Mathieu Martin School (2016).
Michael Chadwick
Photo : © Michael Chadwick
Samara Chadwick filming the snow (2015).
Samara Chadwick
Photo : © Samara Chadwick
Selin Murat and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa filming at the Mathieu-Martin School (2016).
Selin Murat
Photo : © Selin Murat
Simon Doucet, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa, Samara Chadwick and Michael Chadiwck on the film shoot (2016).

Team


Samara Chadwick
Director
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Samara Chadwick

 

Samara Grace Chadwick grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick, and left the city at age 16. She earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and has spent more than 15 years working in the field of documentary film throughout Europe and North and South America, primarily as a filmmaker, editor, and festival programmer. She is currently Senior Programmer for the Points North Institute and the Camden International Film Festival, and formerly worked with the Hot Docs festival in Toronto, the RIDM festival in Montreal, and Philip Gröning Filmproduktion in Berlin.

 


Sarah Spring
Producer (Parabola Films)
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Sarah Spring

The co-founder of d, President of the Board of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), and a long-standing board member of DOC Quebec, Sarah Spring has been actively involved in Montreal’s vibrant documentary community for the past decade. She wrote and produced her first film in 2007, and is completing production on her eighth feature documentary at the end of 2017. Sarah is committed to encouraging filmmakers whose voice brings an important perspective to social issues while pushing the boundaries of documentary storytelling.


Selin Murat
Producer (Parabola Films)
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Photo : Samara Chadwick


Selin Murat

Selin Murat co-founded Parabola Films in Montreal in 2010 and has worked in independent documentary film in Canada and abroad for more than 10 years, producing award-winning films for international festivals, theatres and broadcast. Dividing her time between Montreal and Istanbul, Selin develops international co-productions, programs development initiatives for documentary filmmakers in Turkey and supports ambitious projects from the region. She has been on the programming committee of Montreal’s International Documentary Festival (RIDM) since 2017.

 


Aline Schmid
Producer (Beauvoir Films)
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Photo : Beauvoir Films


Aline Schmid

Aline Schmid was born in the Swiss canton of Aargau in 1980. She completed a social sciences degree at the University of Fribourg and later trained as a screenwriter in Stuttgart. After working at a number of film and music festivals in Switzerland and abroad, she became head of distribution for the Basel-based company Cineworx in 2006. In 2010, she managed the 16th edition of the Cinéma tous écrans festival, then worked as a producer at Intermezzo

Films before founding her own company, Beauvoir SARL, in 2016. She participated in the Emerging Producers program at the 2014 Jihlava Festival and in Producers on the Move at Cannes in 2015.

 


Jacques Gautreau
Producer (NFB)
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Jacques Gautreau

Driven by artistic challenges and a thirst for creative adventure, Jac Gautreau has acquired knowledge in a unique set of fields. He can talk technology with technicians, Stanislavski with actors, crescendos with musicians, management with managers, marketing with clients, and politics with policiticans.

His achievements include producing the East Coast Music Awards gala for 12 years, as well as the multimedia live shows Le violon fantastique, Tracady Story 1, 2 and 3D, and Page d’Amérique – which was seen by more than 70,000 people. In 2014, he served as artistic director for the fifth Acadian World Congress.

Gautreau joined the NFB in May 2015 as Producer in the Canadian Francophone Studio – Acadie. He produced Rodolphe Caron’s feature documentary Simplement Viola as well as André Roy’s short film Partie de moi, which came out of the Tremplin competition for emerging filmmakers. Gautreau is also in charge of production for the ambitious Ocean School project, which brings traditional documentary elements, interactivity, and virtual reality together in an innovative educational experience.


Kat Baulu
Producer
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Kat Baulu

As a creative producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Kat Baulu supports auteurs working on documentary, animation and interactive projects. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating stories with social impact. She produced Jobie Weetaluktuk’s award-winning documentary Timuti, filmed in his hometown of Inukjuak. Kat has collaborated with celebrated Indigenous artists and filmmakers such as Nadia Myre, Courtney Montour, Tracey Deer, Michelle Smith and Paul M. Rickard.

Kat is currently launching the short experimental documentary Three Thousand, directed by Asinnajaq (a.k.a. Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk), and the hand-drawn animated film SHAMAN, by first-time filmmaker Echo Henoche.


Sarah M. Brideau
Protagonist
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Sarah M. Brideau

Sarah M. Brideau was born on the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick, the same year “Billy Jean” climbed to the top of the music charts. In 2001, she published her first article in Éloizes magazine, followed by two collections of poetry published by Perce-Neige: Romanichelle (2002) and Rues étrangères (2005). In 2013, she completed her master’s degree in French Language and Literature (with a thesis entitled Gérald Leblanc et le micro-cosmopolitisme) from McGill University. Her third collection of poetry, Coeurs nomads, was published by Prise de parole (Sudbury) the same year. Sarah currently lives in the countryside of the Petitcodiac River in southeastern New Brunswick.

Sarah’s heartbreak, courage and eloquence following the death of her best friend in spring 1999 make her story central to the film. She shares her memories and writings from that time, as well as newspaper clippings and VHS tapes of the news coverage: “This was all part of my diary, this was all my reality.” Her friendship with Samara traces back to 1999, and, reunited by chance in Sarah’s bookstore in 2015, Sarah and Samara became close friends over the past three years.

Credits

Written & Directed by
Samara Grace Chadwick

Edited by
Terra Jean Long

Cinematography
Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Samara Grace Chadwick

Sound Recordist & Grip
Simon Doucet

Original Composition
Cyril Hahn

Music Production
Gabriel Malenfant
Vivianne Roy

Music Supervisor
Adèle Ho

Sound Design
Marie-Pierre Grenier

1999 Archival Camera
Mélanie Chiasson

Narrated by
Samara Grace Chadwick

Producers
Sarah Spring (Parabola Films)
Selin Murat (Parabola Films)
Aline Schmid (Beauvoir Films)
Kat Baulu (NFB)
Jac Gautreau(NFB)

Executive Producers
Annette Clarke (NFB)
Dominic Desjardins (NFB)

A Parabola Films production in coproduction with Beauvoir Films and The National Film Board of Canada



Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745
    n.viau@nfb.ca

  • Parabola Films

    Founded by Sarah Spring and Selin Murat, Parabola Films is a boutique production company that creates auteur-driven documentaries. In tandem with international funders and broadcasters such as the Documentary Channel and the Sundance Fund, the company brings films to festivals, theatres, television and online. Parabola has released six films in seven years: The Devil’s Trap (CPH:DOX 2017), Nuestro Monte Luna (Hot Docs 2015), A City Is an Island (CPH:DOX 2014), Ariel (IDFA 2013), Jeppe on a Friday (RIDM 2012), and St-Henri, the 26th of August (Hot Docs 2011). Sarah Spring is President of the Board of Montreal’s A-list documentary festival, RIDM, and Selin Murat divides her time between Montreal and Istanbul, producing works from Turkey and curating films across the Middle East.

  • Beauvoir Films

    Beauvoir SARL is a Geneva-based audiovisual production company founded in 2016 by Aline Schmid. In 2017, Adrian Blaser joined the firm, which produces documentaries and auteur cinema for theatrical release, festivals, and television. The company focuses on filmmakers with a distinctive and innovative visual and narrative approach.

  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 27 Canadian Screen Awards, 21 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB creators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.