In my previous post, I highlighted a group of women active in the Montreal art and technology field. I enjoy sharing about people Bis Films has worked with and who are important to us. Writing that post, I realized how many more amazing women surround us but just didn’t fit into the narrow field of “art and technology.” That is why I want to take advantage of a recently released short video, Be Peace, featuring Jo Willers and Janie Pelletier, to share my experience in making the video.
Today is International Women’s Day and we would like to celebrate it by giving a little shout-out to some of the women in our community who we think are doing remarkable work and who impress us on a regular basis. May their passion and hard work be a source of inspiration and pride to us all. Here are just a few:
This week, we’re taking a look into Bideshi Films, a young collaborative between two filmmakers and friends of ours, Aude Leroux-Lévesque and Sebastian Rist. Having studied with Aude and Seb in Communication Studies at Concordia, we’ve had the opportunity to work together on several projects.
A couple of weeks ago, Many and I were biking home along Sherbrooke when I noticed that a few of the 2D moose (fighting urge to say ‘meese’) had been painted over. I was pleased to see that they weren’t going to remain black canvases forever. Intrigued and inspired by Many’s posting on knitting graffiti, I searched for the source of the project. Put on foot by Le Quartier du Musée, Orign’Art is an experiment which presents 9 x 2D life-size moose on the sides of Sherbrooke street between Stanley and Saint-Mathieu for the purpose of promoting public art.
Nearly 10 years ago, I was beginning my formal education in the arts at John Abbott College. In one of my favorite classes, we studied “The Nature of Art.” Basically, we were taught the point of Art as understood by big wigs through time (from Plato to Derrida) followed by our angst ridden classmates lengthy debates over said thoughts. Consensus was usually reached… till we hit the 20th century.
In 2009, when we first heard of this young filmmaker making waves at Cannes for J’ai tué ma mère, I must admit I was pretty skeptical, albeit jealous, of his acclaim. Somewhere, I though it wasn’t fair for such a young and unknown filmmaker to gain such recognition, let alone get into the festival at all!
Well, I have seen both of his films now and have surrendered to the Dolan charm!