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Cameras roll on NFB live-action 3D film The St. Judes

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Toronto, March 10, 2010 – Principal photography has begun in Toronto on The St. Judes, a National Film Board of Canada experimental 3D documentary directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jeffrey St. Jules and produced by the NFB Ontario Centre's Anita Lee.  

The first NFB 3D documentary since 1986's Transitions, The St. Judes combines archival footage, black-and-white recreations and 3D interviews to explore St. Jules' troubled family history in the lumber camps of 1930s Northern Ontario. Inspired by historical NFB series such as Canada Carries On, St. Jules contrasts the romantic mythology of Canada as a vast wilderness settled by brave pioneers with a portrait of his grandparents' harsh reality. Plagued by unemployment, alcoholism and neglect, they relinquish custody of their five children, including St. Jules' father. This theme of loss is amplified through modern-day interviews with real parents who also gave up their children and the use of the 3D effect, which creates a greater sense of intimacy with the subjects. A collage of real and imagined stories, The St. Judes reflects the murky nature of memory and family history.

“French director Robert Bresson once said ‘the goal of cinema is interiorization, intimacy, isolation, the innermost depths,'” says St. Jules. “It is my feeling that 3D cinema can be an even more powerful tool to meet this goal. With this film, I want to move beyond the thrills and tricks that 3D is often used for and to start exploring the real emotional impact this medium can have.”  

The 3D production services are provided by stereographer Tim Dashwood and his company Stereo3D Unlimited; John Minh Tran is director of photography.

About Jeffrey St. Jules

Jeffrey grew up in Fall River, Nova Scotia. He got his BFA in Film Production with a minor in Creative Writing from Concordia University and is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre's Director's Lab. In 2005, Jeffrey was the first and only Canadian ever selected for the Cannes Résidence du Festival in Paris.  

His surrealistic CFC short The Sadness of Johnson Joe Jangles won him Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2005 Worldwide Short Film Festival. The innovative Genie-nominated short The Tragic Story of Nling was deemed a future cult classic by indieWIRE and the best short film of 2007 by Film Threat. It screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and has garnered much acclaim for its dark yet whimsical humour.  Both films premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His feature film Bang Bang Baby, an expressionistic 1950s-style musical, was developed with the support of the National Screen Institute and Telefilm Canada.  

About the National Film Board of Canada

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic animation – and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. The NFB’s new website features almost 2,000 productions online, and its iPhone and iPad apps are among the most popular and talked about downloads. Visit NFB.ca today and start watching.

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Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist
Phone: 416-954-2045
Cell: 416-436-0105
E-mail: j.mair@nfb.ca
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