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Assholes: A Theory

John Walker
2019 | 81 min

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionHot Docs, Toronto, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionCPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark (2019)

  • Official SelectionFIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2019)

  • Official SelectionCalgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta (2019)

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2019)


Synopsis


About the film


A Conversation with John Walker

Trailer (2 minutes)

Images

Aaron James is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Assholes: A Theory. © 2018 JWP & NFB
Actor and comedian John Cleese is also a leading personal motivator and has published several books about psychology, including Families and How to Survive Them and Life and How to Survive It in collaboration with psychiatrist Robin Skynner. © 2018 JWP & NFB
On November 29, 2017, Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law, organized an event during which a panel of scholars from the fields of law, economics, and philosophy gathered at Cornell Law School to debate a growing problem in American public life. © 2018 JWP & NFB
In the heart of Piazza Affari, the square in Milan where the Italian stock exchange has its headquarters, is a marble statue called L.O.V.E., which stands for Libertà, Odio, Vendetta, Eternità (Freedom, Hate, Vengeance, Eternity). It was created in 2010 by Maurizio Cattelan. © 2018 JWP & NFB

Promotional Materials

Team


John Walker
Filmmaker, Narrator, Producer (John Walker Productions Ltd.)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Stephan Ballard


John Walker

John Walker is one of Canada’s most well-known documentary filmmakers. His films are personal, lyrical and express a deep understanding of the human condition. He has received over 60 Canadian and international nominations and awards. In 2018, he was honoured with a Hot Docs Festival Retrospective. 


Ann Bernier
Producer (John Walker Productions Ltd.)
Biography
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Ann Bernier

Ann Bernier has been an independent producer since 1999. Previously, she was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc., which co-produced such award-winning films as Margaret’s MuseumLove and Death on Long Island and New Waterford Girl. Ann was the Canadian producer on Dominique Cabrera’s Folle Embellie and also produced Thom Fitzgerald’s The Wild Dogs and the feature doc Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey. In addition to being the executive producer on Rohan Fernando’s feature film Snow, she co-produced Donna Davies’ feature documentary Fanarchy for TMN, HBO Canada and Epix, and John Walker’s feature documentary Quebec My Country Mon Pays for the documentary Channel. Ann and her partner, Chris Zimmer, are developing a number of new projects, including two television series and an animated feature called Koati.


Annette Clarke
Producer (NFB)
Biography
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Photo : NFB


Annette Clarke

An accomplished producer committed to collaborating with artists to craft transformative stories,  Annette’s select producer credits include The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light (2012, FIFA Jury Award), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award), Gun Runners (2015, Hot Docs), Theater of Life (2016, Berlin), Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF), Love, Scott (2018, Hot Docs, BFI Flare, Inside Out, One World) and Assholes, a theory (CPHDOX). In addition to Conviction, her current productions reflect on the human condition through the eyes of a twelve year old Yazidi boy arriving in Canada, and inside the lives of resilient women along the Brazilian Amazon. As executive producer for NFB’s Quebec Atlantic studio, Annette envisions a potent and ambitious slate of short form and feature documentaries, animation, and interactive story telling across a rich and large territory.

Credits

Inspired by Assholes: A Theory
by
AARON JAMES

Directed & Narrated by
JOHN WALKER

Written by
JOHN WALKER
ROBERT SANDLER

Producers
ANN BERNIER
ANNETTE CLARKE
JOHN WALKER

Cinematographer
PAUL MCCURDY

Editor
JEFF WARREN

Composer
SANDY MOORE

Animation
RON MCDOUGALL

Location Sound
JIM RILLIE

Sound Design
ALEX SALTER

Special Thanks
in order of appearance
AARON JAMES
AIME E MORRISON
ROBERT HOCKETT
PAUL PURCELL
SHERRY LEE BENSON-PODOLCHUK
JOHN CLEESE
SUJI GELERMAN
ROBERT I. SUTTON
GEOFFREY NUNBERG
JOHNATHAN GILMORE
SHERRY F. COLB
SAULE OMAROVA
BILL EMMOTT
EDOARDO ALBINATI
LORELLA ZANARDO
TIM PARKS
PIERCAMILLO DAVIGO
VLADIMIR LUXURIA
LESLIE MILEY
BETHANYE MCKINNEY BLOUNT
MARY SARNATARO
LESLIE DIXON

Interviews with
GIUSEPPE FALSONE
RUSS LARAWAY
GAD LERNER
PAUL RUSSELL
KIM SCOTT
BEATRICE MARIA ‘BEBE’ VIO
LUIGI ZOJA

Researchers
VALERIE MANSOUR
ELENA DAL PRA
OLIVER NEIDHART

Visual Researcher
ELSPETH DOMVILLE

Story Consultant
MERRILY WEISBORD

Development Consultant
LOUISE ROSEN

Studio Interviews & Streeters
CALEB CECHOTA
JULIENNE CORDY
ROB DELANO
KEVIN MICHAEL DUNFORD
DAKOTA GAMBLE
ALEJANDRO CHUPINA
AUSTIN HARE
REBECCA JOHNSON
DAVID LEWIS
MARTIN MORROW
PEGGY RICHARDSON
CHRISTIAN RIVERA
ENZE YANG
VONCILE BROWN-MILLER
ROXXY DOWELL
QUINNESH DOWLING
BEA FIELDS
FABIAN HODRICK
JOHN LOPEZ
CYNTHIA MASETTO
DOUGLAS PRIDEAUX
AMMONS E. SMITH
SHANE K. SMITH
RYAN TAGLIANETTI

Additional Photography
IDAN MENIN
BECKY PARSONS
WILL PUGH

Drone Operator
MATT LAVIN

Camera Assistant
SOPHIE LEMOINE
MELISSE SPORN

Additional Sound Recording
STEPHEN HOPKINS
MAX HIRTENSTEIN, CSF
JUAN NUNEZ

Location Production Assistants
AMANDA BERNHARDT
KRISTEN DEGIROLAMO
KANISHKA GULATI
BJORN JAKOBSON
DAVID LA HAYE
MARINA CUNHA MARTINS
CHRISTOPHER MORGAN
PATRICK DAVID ORR
LĺVIA SÁ
STEFANO SANTAMATO

Halifax Casting Agency
ERIN HENNESSEY
NYC Casting Agency
KEN LAZER

Trailer Editor
CHRIS TURNER

Production Manager
ANN BERNIER

Production Coordinators
KELSEY POWER
AMY TREFRY
DANIELLE NOBLE

Intern
BRONWEN MCKIE

Italy Coordinator
FRANCESCO LONARDI

Production Accountant
ANGIE KOKIĆ

English Transcription
MICHELLE MCSTAY
ANDREW BATEMAN

Italian Transcription/Translation
TIDAL TRANSCREATIVE

NFB Quebec / Atlantic Studio

Production Supervisor
ROZ POWER

Technical Coordinators
DANIEL LORD
CHRISTOPHER MACINTOSH

Marketing Manager
JOHANNA LESSARD

Publicist
PATRICIA DILLON-MOORE

Production Coordinator
CHERYL MURGATROYD

Studio Administrator
LESLIE ANN POYNTZ

Chamber Ensemble
Violas
SUSAN SAYLE
ÉTIENNE CHÉNARD
Cello
NORMAN ADAMS
Clarinet
EILEEN WALSH
Baritone
MICHAEL DONOVAN
Piano
SANDY MOORE

Jazz Ensemble
Piano
SILVIO PUPO MONTERO
Drum Kit
DAMIEN MOYNIHAN
Bass
LUKAS PEARSE
Clarinet, Saxophone
KEN MACKAY

Music Score recorded and mixed at
THE SONIC TEMPLE
Audio Engineer
DARREN VAN NIEKERK
Recordings assisted by
SCOTT MACKEY
TAKODA SULLIVAN
CONNOR MACLEOD

Film mixed at
THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

Re-recording
SHELLEY CRAIG

Assistants to the Composer

MIDI, Sound Design, technician
DONALD WALLS

Scoring
ALEX ARNOLD

Technical
JUSTIN GAUDREAULT

Dialogue Editor
BOB MELANSON

Narration Recording
MATT DAWSON
THE HIDEOUT STUDIOS

Graphic & Website design
RON MCDOUGALL

Assistant Editor
DAVID MULLINS

Post-Production Coordinator
KELSEY POWER

Visual Post-Production Facilities
902 POST INC

Colourist/Online Editor
DOUG WOODS

Assistant Online Editor
CARTER THURBER

Dailies
ROBERT CARRIGAN

Archival Footage Courtesy of
AFP/ GETTY IMAGES
ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE
BUDGET FILMS
CBC ARCHIVE SALES / ARCHIVES RADIO-CANADA
ROLAND DIAZ / GETTY IMAGES

Photographs Courtesy of
ADAM SCOTTI
ALAMY STOCK PHOTO:
AGENZIA SINTESI, ANDIA, ANDREA SPINELLI, CROWDSPARK,
ERIK PENDZICH, INDEPENDENT PHOTO AGENCY SRL
INSIDEFOTO SRL, KREMLIN POOL, ZUMA PRESS, INC.
ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO/ CARLO VITELLO
BOB THOMAS SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY/ GETTY IMAGES
HOLLY BOCHURKA
JOHNATHAN GILMORE
SHERRY LEE BENSON-PODOLCHUK

Assholes: A Theory Book Graphics Courtesy of
DOUBLEDAY – EMILY MAHON

Legal Counsel
ROBERT ASKE
STEWART MCKELVEY

Accounting Services
PATRICIA DYSON
COLLINS BARROW

Insurance
PAUL LIPKUS
PRIME ENTERTAINMENT
FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS INC.

Developed with the assistance of
SUPER CHANNEL Entertainment Network

Produced  in association with
documentary channel

SANDRA KLEINFELD
Senior Director, documentary Channel

JORDANA ROSS
Production Executive, documentary Channel

(c) 2019 -A Rude Film Inc & The National Film Board of Canada co-production

 


Produced with the participation of
Canada Media Fund

with the assistance of
the Government of Nova Scotia,
Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund

and
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
Rogers Telefund

and the participation of
Telefilm Canada
Rogers Group of Funds
Through the Theatrical Documentary Program

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