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As the Crow Flies

Tess Girard
2016 | 83 min 54


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Air Cadet Emma Flanagan-Dellipizzi.
Air Cadets chatting before boarding the bus to the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre.
Air Cadets preparing to board the bus for the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre.
Aerial view from a plane.
Cadet Christopher Hoverd Air Cadet Emma Flanagan-Dellipizzi.
Air Cadets Namita Sharma, Ricardo Ferreira Da Silva, and Victoria Geveart.
Pilot log books, text books, and official name tags await to be handed out to the arriving cadets.
Air Cadet Victoria Geveart braiding her hair.
Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre.
Air Cadets in their first class.
Air Cadets Rhea Gaur, Emma Flanagan-Dellipizzi and Victoria Gevaert.
Aerial shot of one of the planes.
Air Cadet Andre Charron.
Air Cadet Namita Sharma with instructor.
Air Cadet Namita Sharma with instructor.
Shot of plane from the ground.
Air Cadet Victoria Gevaert with instructor.


Lea Marin
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Lea Marin

Lea Marin is an award-winning Toronto-based producer with more than 18 years’ experience in the film and television industry. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab, Lea joined the National Film Board of Canada as a producer in 2006.

Her most recent film credits include Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses, which won the  Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2017 and the 2018 Canada’s Top Ten People’s Choice Award, in addition to being nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards; and  Picture This, directed by Jari Osborne, which screened at the Inside Out and OUTeast film festivals, winning Best Canadian Short and the Audience Award for Best Short at both festivals.

Other credits include My Prairie Home, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award; The Portrait, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis; and Astra Taylor’s Examined Life, which launched at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008.

Lea recently completed production on Taylor’s follow-up to Examined Life, the feature doc What Is Democracy?, which will be released in 2018, and is currently in production on Throat, a co-collaboration between filmmaker Chelsea McMullan and artist/activist Tanya Tagaq.

Anita Lee
Executive Producer (NFB)
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer and Head of Studio in Toronto for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), where she helms the programming and production of Ontario projects, including Canadian and international co-productions, and forges key strategic partnerships. Lee is a multi-award-winning producer whose credits include some of the most critically acclaimed works in NFB history, such as Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, named Best Documentary Feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle and Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association. The Apology was awarded a Peabody in 2019 and a 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton. Recent projects as executive producer include: StatelessThe Book of Distance (Sundance 2020); This Is Not a Movie (TIFF 2019); What Is Democracy? (TIFF 2018); What Walaa Wants (Berlin 2018; DGC Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2018; TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film; CSA nomination for 2019 Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary); Unarmed Verses (Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2017; TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film; CSA nomination for 2018 Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary); A Better Man (Hot Docs 2017; Doc NYC 2017) and Draw Me Close (Tribeca 2017, Venice 2017). Lee established the NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab, which partnered with the CFC and Ford Foundation on Open ImmersionVR, the Creative Doc VR Lab with the National Theatre (UK), and Otherly, a non-fiction Instagram Stories Lab in partnership with POV Spark (PBS). Lee is the Founder/Advisory Chair of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tess Girard
Photo : Tess Girard

Tess Girard

Tess Girard is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer whose films have screened at festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Vancouver International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. Lying somewhere between documentary and experimental, her body of work contains unique, multi-layered pieces that explore subject matter from a philosophical perspective and challenge audiences to engage on a highly personal level. Titles include Old Growth (TIFF 2012, Canada’s Top Ten 2012), A Simple Rhythm (Hot Docs 2011, supported by the NFB FAP Program) and Benediction (TIFF 2005, Best Production at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival, Best Cinematography at the 2006 Worldwide Short Film Festival). Together with Ryan J. Noth, Girard co-founded the Prince Edward County-based Fifth Town Films Inc. She recently completed the feature documentary As the Crow Flies with the NFB.

Girard has collaborated with artists across several disciplines, including filmmaker Peter Mettler, Andrea Nann of Dreamwalker Dance, musician Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene, and the Art of Time Ensemble. She also directed the relaunch of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes, created the radio documentary The Heart of the Beat for CBC Ideas, and directed a live visual performance interpreting Sibelius’s Lemminkäinen Suite with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.


Written and Directed by
Tess Girard

Produced by
Lea Marin

Executive Producer
Anita Lee

Director of Photogrphy
Tess Girard

Ryan J. Noth

Sound Recordist
Mike Filippov

Original Music Composed by
Paul Aucoin and Snowblink

Michael Andrews
Raveen Appuhamy
Andre Charron
Emma Flanagan-Dellipizzi
Rhea Gaur
Julia Gevaert
Victoria Gevaert
Christopher Hoverd
Daniel Kang
Alexander Leung
Abhay Mahajan
Maha Minni
Brandon Moore
Stewart Norval
Joshua Timothy Shand
Namita Sharma
James Shaw
Ricardo Ferreira Da Silva
Brandon Lucas Spano

Production Supervisor
Mark Wilson

Studio Administrator
Stefanie Brantner

Additional Cinematography
Maya Bankovic
John Price

Additional Sound Recording
Maya Bankovic
Tess Girard

Production Coordinator
Andrew Martin-Smith

Technical Coordinator
Marcus Matyas

Assistant Editors
Curry Leamen
Zoya Rezaie

Production Assistants
Kanishka Gulati
Chris Niesing

Online Editor
Yannick Carrier

Re-recording Mixer
Serge Boivin

Sound Design / Editing Supervisor
Daniel Pellerin

Original Sound Design
James Mark Stewart

Dialogue / Sync Editor
Rob Hutchins

Sound Effects Editor
Geoff Raffan

Music Editor
Daniel Pellerin

Foley Artist
John Sievert

Foley Recordist
Randy Wilson

Voice Over Recording
Mike Norberg

Foley and Voice Over Recording Facility
JRS Productions

Sound Design and Editing Provided by
Daniel Pellerin Digital Sound Production 

Marketing Manager
Melissa Wheeler

Jennifer Mair

Stills Photographer
Dave Chidley

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

“Best Loved Spot”
Written by Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman
Performed by Snowblink
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

“Watching Herzog and Listening to the Idiot”
Performed by Rich Aucoin
Written by Rich Aucoin
Published by Third Side Music Inc.
Courtesy of Sonic Entertainment”

“The Sun Roars Into View”
Performed by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Written by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Published by Third Side Music Inc./ Sarah Neufeld
Courtesy of Constellation Records

“Goodbye Eyes”
Written by Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman
Performed by Snowblink
Courtesy of Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

“All at Once”
Performed by Pete Samples
Written by Brent Freedman (SOCAN)
Published by Brent Freedman (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Brent Freedman




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