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High Wire

Claude Guilmain
2019


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ABOUT THE FILM

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Paul Heinbecker, retired Canadian ambassador, permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations, 2000-2004
Edward Goldenberg, C.M. Former Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Claude Laverdure Canadian Ambassador (Ret’d), Diplomatic advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Chantal Hébert, political reporter
Karine Prémont Professor, School of Applied Politics University of Sherbrooke
Dr. Miloud Chennoufi Department of Defence Studies Canadian Forces College
Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien Prime Minister of Canada, 1993–2003

Team


Claude Guilmain
Director
Biography
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Claude Guilmain

Claude Guilmain is an author, creator, set designer, stage and film director, and the co-founder of the Toronto company Théâtre la Tangente.

Parts 1 and 2 of his AmericanDream.ca trilogy opened the biannual Zones théâtrales festival at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in 2015. The text was published by Éditions L’Interligne and won the 2017 Christine-Dumitriu-van-Saanen Prize, presented by the Salon du livre de Toronto; it was also a finalist for the Académie des lettres du Québec’s 2017 Marcel-Dubé Award. The complete AmericanDream.ca trilogy will be performed at the NAC in April 2019.

Guilmain’s book Comment on dit ça, «t’es mort», en anglais?, published by Éditions L’Interligne in 2012, was a finalist for the 2013 Trillium Prize and won the Prix littéraire Émile-Ollivier, awarded by the Conseil supérieur de la langue française du Québec, that same year.

Other published works include L’égoïste (a Trillium finalist in 2000) and La passagère, both published by Prise de parole; and Requiem pour un trompettiste (Éditions L’Interligne), which was in the running for the 2006 Masque de la production franco-canadienne. In 2011, Claude Guilmain was awarded the Prix d’excellence artistique arrière-scène from Théâtre Action for L’implorante, which he co-directed with Louise Naubert.

High Wire is the seventh film he’s directed at the National Film Board of Canada. His other NFB productions are Portrait of a Perfect Stranger, Front Lines, The Sentry, The Van Doos in Afghanistan (for which he travelled to Afghanistan), The Van Doos: 100 Years with the Royal 22e Regiment, and An Overwhelming Passion—a portrait of Brigitte Haentjens produced for the 2017 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.


Denis McCready
Producer
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Denis McCready

Denis McCready has been working in the Quebec film and television industry since 1996. He started off directing commercials for music channel MusiquePlus before becoming head of advertising for MusiquePlus, MusiMax, Super Écran and Canal Indigo. The early 2000s saw McCready working with independent production companies, where he gained experience as a production director, line producer, and producer of documentaries, documentary series, and dramas.

No stranger to technical and creative challenges, McCready has produced low-budget auteur documentaries on subjects as diverse as dance, music, the environment and child trafficking, as well as big-budget documentary series dealing with science, exploration, and war. He has overseen shoots both in Canada and abroad, many in locations that are hard to access (the Arctic, NASA, the Russian space program) or dangerous (the Atacama and Mojave deserts, the giant Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico). He oversaw the production of hundreds of special-effects sequences for the series Mars Rising and produced and wrote the serious game L’or du golfe for the ICI Radio-Canada website. McCready has delivered HD programs for major broadcasters, including National Geographic (US and international), Discovery (Canada, US, Latin America), History (Canada), ARTE (France/Germany), NHK (Japan), CBC, Radio-Canada, Canal D, and Télé-Québec. In addition, he’s worked on a number of official international co-productions (Canada-France, Canada-Mexico).

McCready won several awards as the producer of Chercher le courant (including the RIDM Audience Choice Award and Gémeaux Award for Best Documentary: Society) and Bas! Au-delà du Redlight (NFB Colin Low Award at DOXA). The films he’s produced have screened at many international festivals, including Hot Docs, Visions du réel, the International Festival of Films on Art, NXNE, DOXA, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), and the Vancouver International Film Festival. He has also produced two documentaries directed by Ian Jaquier: L’or du golfe, with Kevin Parent, and Kanata: Aujourd’hui la colonisation, as well as the powerful documentary MTL Punk: La première vague, by Érik Cimon and Alain Cliche.

McCready is currently Executive Producer for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio. Previously, he worked on many NFB short and feature-length documentaries and interactive projects as a producer for the Documentary Studio and the Institutional Program.


Dominic Desjardins
Producer
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Dominic Desjardins

After completing his studies at the National Conservatory of Paris, directing and performing in the theatre world in France, Dominic comes back to Canada to participate in a high-profile television show where he directs and shoots 18 short documentaries in 11 countries around the world. He then works as a director on various shows for French and English television networks, before starting Zazie Films, a film, television and new media production company with which he directs two feature films, Le Divan du Monde, and La Sacrée, as well as numerous interactive projects. He joins the NFB in 2013 as the executive producer of the Francophonie Studio, responsible for all French-language documentary and interactive productions in Canada, outside Quebec. Some of the projects on his slate include a documentary series in 360 ° VR, an online interactive piece about the psychology of gambling, and a documentary following African refugees as they move across Canada seeking decent jobs and a sense of belonging.

Credits

Written, Researched and Directed by
Claude Guilmain

Participants

Dr. Miloud Chennoufi
Department of Defence Studies
Canadian Forces College

Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien
Prime Minister of Canada, 1993–2003

Paul Heinbecker
Canadian Ambassador (Ret’d), Permanent Canadian representative to the United Nations, 2000-2004

Edward Goldenberg, C.M.
Former Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien

Chantal Hébert
Political reporter

Claude Laverdure
Canadian Ambassador (Ret’d), Diplomatic advisor to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien

Karine Prémont
Professor, School of Applied Politics
University of Sherbrooke

Camera
Jean-Marc Abela
Philip Grondin

Location Sound
René Portillo
Frédéric Edwards
Marco Fania
Simon Paine

Editing
Boban Chaldovich

Sound Editing
Daniel Toussaint

Research
Marika Lapointe
Kisha Pembe

Original Music
Martin Léon
with the assistance of
Alexis Dumais

Musicians
Martin Léon, Leader
Alexis Dumais, EMD
Sheila Hannigan, cello

Production Manager
Kristel Viduka

Camera assistant
Félix Desroches

Multi-screen System Designer
Gregory Palanque

Multi-Screen System Assistant
Aurélien Muller

Grip dolly
Camille Bergeron Bégin

Foley
Stéphane Cadotte

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Online Editing
Yannick Carrier

Titles
Jacques Bertrand Simard

Sound Mixing
Isabelle Lussier

Credits and Graphic Animations
Creative Direction
Christian Langlois, Mémoire liquide

Design and Graphic Animations
Mélanie Bouchard

Subtitles and Translation
MELS

Marketing Manager
Karine Sévigny

Production Coordinators
Sara Sajedi
Laura Bergeron
Aliou Diallo

Administrator and Line Producer
Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Claveau
Mira Mailhot

Technical Support
Patrick Trahan
Isabelle Painchaud
Pierre Dupont

Technical Audio Support
Bernard Belley

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Producers and Executive Producers
Denis McCready
Dominic Desjardins       

Produced by
the National Film Board of CanadaCanadian Francophonie Studio



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