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Balakrishna

Colin MacKenzie and Aparna Kapur
2019 | 15 min

Selections and Awards

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

  • Official SelectionSt. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador (2019)


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Team


Colin Mackenzie
Writer and Director
Biography
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Photo : Stephan Ballard


Colin Mackenzie

Colin Mackenzie is an award-winning storyteller working in a range of genres, from documentary films to music videos. As a filmmaker, he’s had a long collaborative association with master drummer Jerry Granelli, directing an award-winning experimental film with the musician at its centre, followed by a CBC documentary that more fully explored Granelli’s artistic journey. Colin’s subject matter varies greatly, from a skateboard/dance documentary for the BRAVO network to the short film Cogswell, based on a one-woman play by writer/broadcaster Stephanie Domet. Colin has also produced radio documentaries for the CBC’s Inside the Music, as well as a series of podcasts that retold the stories of Canada’s WWII veterans, created for The Memory Project and aired on CBC Radio One.


Aparna Kapur
Writer and Director
Biography
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Photo : Stephan Ballard


Aparna Kapur

Aparna Kapur is a Vancouver-based filmmaker originally from New Delhi, India. Her 2008 graduation film, Amma, won the Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. A lovingly hand-drawn animated short, the film is about a young girl’s life and her magical connection to her grandmother. After completing her foundation year in Bangalore, India, Aparna studied sculpture in Atlanta, Georgia. Her love of storytelling led her to pursue film and animation at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Balakrishna is the first film she’s co-directed, and her first NFB-produced project.


Kat Baulu
Producer
Biography
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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.


Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
Biography
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Annette Clarke

Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer whose award-winning films challenge stereotypes and bring diverse voices to the forefront. For the past 25 years, she has collaborated with both emerging and established talent to tell powerful, transformative stories. As Executive Producer for NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic studio, Annette has met cattle rustlers in Kenya, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered bluefin tuna, rock-star chefs decrying food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books. Annette’s recent producer credits include Vive la rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light(2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award),Gunrunners (2015, Hot Docs) and Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF)

Credits

Written and Directed by
Colin MacKenzie and Aparna Kapur

Very Special Thanks
Winton Cook

Art Director and Animator
Aparna Kapur

Additional Animation and Compositing
Elise Simard
Claire Blanchet

Story Consultant
Shandi Mitchell

Picture Editor
Susan Shanks

Voice of Winton Cook
Grady Ainscough

Voice Direction
Teri Snelgrove

Original Music and Sound Design
Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Assistant Sound Editor
Sandy Pinteus

Musicians

Flute
David Gossage

Veenha & Guitar
Joe Grass

Bass Saxophone
Jason Sharp

Additional Music
“SWAGGERING THROUGH THE PUB”
composed by David Gossage 2019 (SOCAN)
and reproduced by permission

Live Action Unit – Kerala, India

Director of Photography
Santosh Sivan

Assistant Camera
Sojan Vn

Production Manager
Milind Verekar

Location Manager
Anirudh Menon

Consulting Elephant Biologist
Nibha Namboodiri

Technical Coordinator Project and Shooting Equipment Specialist
Steve Hallé

Documentary Interview Recording – Halifax
Allan Scarth

Foley
Karla Baumgardner

Foley and Music Recording
Geoff Mitchell

Voice Recording
The Mix Room

Audio Engineer
Jamie Mahaffey

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Technical Animation Coordinator
Randall Finnerty

Post-Production Coordinators
Daniel Lord
Jean-François Laprise

Technical Coordinator
Christopher MacIntosh

Digital Technical Coordinators
Isabelle Painchaud
Pierre Dupont
Patrick Trahan

Researchers
Colin MacKenzie
Vincenzo Ravina
Ashley Corbett

Visual Archives
CBC Archives
Eric Hogan
Archives National Film Board of Canada
Nova Scotia Archives
Robert Nunn

Photographs
The Chronicle Herald
Colin MacKenzie
John Gray
Lilly Zink
Mary Moland
Pramod Jolly
Winton Cook

Rights Clearance
Hélène Dubé

Consultants
Bruce Alcock & Tina Ouellette
Claire Blanchet
Donald McWilliams
Firas Momani
Fred Casia
Michael Crummey

Transcription
Dyane Provost

Titles
Mélanie Bouchard
Cynthia Ouellette

Online Editor
Denis Pilon

Re-recording
Jean Paul Vialard

Production Coordinator
Christine Williams

Senior Production Coordinator
Camila Blos

Production Manager Trainee
Marian Rebeiro

Studio Administrator
Leslie Anne Poyntz

Marketing Manager
Johanna Lessard

Publicist
Patricia Dillon-Moore

Legal Counsel
Christian Pitchen

Associate Producer
Teri Snelgrove

Associate Producers
Mylène Augustin
Jon Montes

Producer
Maral Mohammadian

Producer
Kat Baulu

Executive Producer
Annette Clarke

Executive Director, English Program
Michelle van Beusekom



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