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Standing on the Line

Paul Émile d'Entremont
2019 | 80 min 30 s

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionDOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia (2019)

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

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

  • Official SelectionCinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Sudbury, Ontario (2019)

  • Official SelectionParrsboro Film Festival, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia (2019)


About the Film

Interview with Paul Émile d’Entremont


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Promotional Materials


Paul Émile d’Entremont
Photo : Mario Paulin

Paul Émile d’Entremont

Screenwriter and documentary filmmaker Paul Émile d’Entremont was born in Nova Scotia and lived there for most of his life. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Université de Moncton and a master’s in philosophy from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He currently makes his home in Vancouver.

Over the years, d’Entremont built a reputation as a talented Acadian filmmaker at Radio-Canada and RDI. He directed Naufrages (2009) for Phare-Est Média; it received three Gémeaux nominations, including one for Best Social Issues Documentary. His 2004 short film, Le confessionnal réinventé, co-produced with the NFB, won the award for best Acadian work at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA).

D’Entremont’s first film, Alone, Together (Seuls, ensemble), released by the NFB in 2000, brought him to the attention of the queer community and won him the Best New Director award at the Atlantic Film Festival. His 2006 NFB documentary, Reema, There and Back (Reema, allers-retours), won the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Multicultural Film at the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan and aired on television a number of times, in addition to screening at national and international festivals. His deeply moving 2012 film, Last Chance (Une dernière chance), also produced by the NFB, opened the Image+Nation festival in Montreal and the Reel Awareness Film Festival, presented by Amnesty International Toronto. It won the La Vague Léonard-Forest award for best medium- or- feature-length Acadian film at FICFA. Standing on the Line (Franchir la ligne) is his most recent film for the NFB. It is an intimate look at amateur and professional athletes who come out while contending with enormous pressure and high expectations.

Paul Émile d’Entremont’s impressive body of work has much to say about human nature. Through film, he condemns discrimination, populist nationalism, and homophobia.

Christine Aubé
Photo : NFB

Christine Aubé

Christine Aubé has always been passionate about the worlds of storytelling, image and sound in all their forms. She discovered the NFB as director of production after working for broadcasters and independent producers across the country. A great organizer and manager, she joined the NFB team as a producer in 2018.

Christine works to support the next generation while working with experienced creators to produce works for audiences around the world.

Jac Gautreau
Photo : Karine Wade

Jac Gautreau

Jac Gautreau is an ideas guy. Good ideas, and he knows how to bring them to life. Born in Moncton New Brunswick, a bright morning in November 1963, Jac is passionate about creation. Fully bicultural, Jac creates as easily in the language of Shakespeare than that of Molière.

Jac is motivated by the artistic challenge, the creative adventure. What is unique about Jac is the diversity of his knowledge. He can speak techno with technicians, Stanislavski with actors, crescendo with the musicians, management with managers, marketing with customers and policy with politicians. Among his most recent creations: 12 edition of the East Coast Music Awards Gala (Gemini Award for best variety show, and 2001 and 2003), multimedia shows Le violon fantastique,  Tracady Story 1, 2 and 3D and Page d’Amérique (over 70 000 spectators). In 2014, he was artistic director for the 5th World Acadian Congress and in May 2015 he joined the NFB, where he is busy producing documentary films, interactive works and developing virtual reality projects.

Maryse Chapdelaine
Photo : NFB

Maryse Chapdelaine

Maryse Chapdelaine first studied arts and literature, and went on to pursue studies in management before joining the National Film Board of Canada in 1980. During her years at the NFB, she collaborated on a number of major productions, co-productions, and international co-productions as an administrator, line producer, and producer. In October 2011, she was named head of the NFB’s Studio Acadie, where she produced documentaries by Acadian filmmakers including  Phil Comeau, Paul Émile D’Entremont, Renée Blanchar, Rodolphe Caron and Louiselle Noël, and took a particular interest in the work of emerging directors. In April 2015, she joined Renée Blanchar’s ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS, in order to produce dramas, documentaries, and online projects. In 2015, Maryse was nominated for a Gémeaux award for the film Ron Turcotte, jockey légendaire, directed by Phil Comeau. She was chair of the feature film jury at the 2015 Festival International de Cinéma Francophone en Acadie (FICFA).


David Testo and his mother, Judy Testo
Brock McGillis with young hockey players
Brock McGillis with young hockey players
Indigo Committee, L'Odyssée School, Moncton, New Brunswick
Coach Serge Bourque with players from Les Olympiens
Students in David's yoga class


Christine Aubé
Jac Gautreau
Maryse Chapdelaine

Executive Producers
Michèle Bélanger
Dominic Desjardins

Dominique Sicotte

Director of Photography
Mario Paulin

Serge Nakauchi Pelletier

a film by
Paul Émile d’Entremont

With the participation of

Anastasia Bucsis
Anita Bucsis
David Testo
Judy Testo
Brock McGillis
Brian McGillis
Serge Bourque
Jean-Christophe Comeau
Justin Boisvert
Kaylin Irvine
Patrick Burke
Brian Burke
Alain Bezeau
Trevor Georgie
Justin Roberts

Written and directed by
Paul Émile d’Entremont

Paul Émile d’Entremont
Nancy Marcotte

Director of Photography
Mario Paulin

Additional Camera
François Vincelette
Jimmy D. Houssen

With the help of
Daniel Greenwood
Mark Moore

Location Sound
Serge Arseneault
Georges Hannan
Simon Doucet
Marc Landry
Mathieu Babin

Production Managers
Nancy Marcotte
Michelle Paulin
Jean-Michel Vienneau

Dominique Sicotte

Editing Assistant
Justin Morand

Sound Design
Mélanie Gauthier – Studio SOUNDCHICK SFX

Dialogue Editor
Sandy Pinteus

Sound Mixer
Jean-Paul Vialard

Online Editor
Serge Verreault

Infographics and Titles
Mélanie Bouchard

Transcription Services
Pro Documents


Simon Meilleur

Foley Recording
Luc Léger

Archival Research and Rights Clearance
Nancy Marcotte

AP Images
Bell Media
Getty Images
The Canadian Press
National Post, a division of Network Postmedia Inc.
NHL Network
Olympic Oval / University of Calgary
Personal photographs : Brock McGillis, Anastasia Bucsis, David Testo, The Burke Family
Société Radio-Canada / CBC
The Globe and Mail
Todd Korol
You Can Play Project

Original Music
Serge Nakauchi Pelletier
© 2018 National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN) / Ho-Tune Musique (SOCAN)

Original Song
written and composed by David Lang © Red Poppy, Ltd.
interpreted by Theatre Of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen
conducted by Paul Hillier
courtesy of Harmonia Mundi / [PIAS]

A special thanks to Mark Tewksbury

Thanks to

Matt Allen
Jennifer Birch-Jones
Valérie Beauquier
Stéphanie Bourque
Line Chamberland
Reno Chouinard
Robert Christian
Pascal Clément
Isabelle Cormier-LeBlanc
Wade Davis
Anne et Jean Bernard d’Entremont
Guylaine Demers
Nick De Santis
Jonathan Diodati
Marlene Edoyan
John Fennell
Carmen Garcia
Justin Guitard
Monique Hébert-Savoie
George Hope
Bonnie Johnston
Ricky Landry
Steve Lapierre
Luc Léger
Sylvain l’Espérance
Natacha Llorens
Rob Mabee
Cheryl MacDonald
Sheldon McIntosh
Monia Morrissette
Jason Pelletier
Ariane Pétel-Despots
Shannon Rempel
Marie-Lise Sicotte
Darko Stipic
Jordan Timmons
Jeffrey Truchon-Viel
Dina Tsoulouhas
Mauricio Velasco
David Vink
Rob Wilcher
Jay Wheaton
Margo Wheaton

Indigo Committee, L’Odyssée School, Moncton, New Brunswick

France Breault, social worker
Sabrina Bernard
Finn Condé
Jo-Annie Levesque
Gabrielle Michaud
Jessica Pond
Julie Rennison
Elise Smith

Saint John Sea Dogs, New Brunswick

Tim Roszell, Manager of Media and Communications
Stewart Bagnell
Anthony Boucher
Robbie Burt
Nick Deakin-Poot
Alex D’Orio
Alexis Girard
Matt Green
Aiden MacIntosh
Kevin Mason
Brendan O’Reilly
Cédric Paré
William Poirier
Ben Reid
Ostap Safin
Radim Salda
Tyler Smith
Bailey Webster
Matt Williams
Luke Wilson

And also

Fairmont Banff Springs
Francophone South School District, New Brunswick
Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, Sudbury
Killarny-Glengarry Community Association, Calgary
L’Odyssée Olympians
L’Odyssée School. Moncton
Moksha Yoga Montreal
Montreal Impact
T.C. Roberson High School
University of Calgary
Woody’s, Toronto
Zero Gravity Climbing and Yoga, Montreal

Marketing Managers
Karine Sévigny
Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Administrator/Line Producer
Geneviève Duguay

Production Coordinator
Audrey Rétho

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Claveau

Video Technical Support
Patrick Trahan
Pierre Dupont
Isabelle Painchaud

Audio Technical Support
Bernard Belley

Legal Counsel
Christian Pitchen

Christine Aubé
Jac Gautreau
Maryse Chapdelaine

Executive Producers
Michèle Bélanger
Dominic Desjardins

French Program
Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie

A production of
The National Film Board of Canada

© 2018 National Film Board of Canada

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