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Mighty Jerome (NFB) to screen at the Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival

Press release


The life of Harry Jerome, one of Canada’s greatest athletes

Montreal, March 30, 2011 – Mighty Jerome, directed by Charles Officer and produced by Selwyn Jacob of the National Film Board of Canada, will make its Quebec premiere on May 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm, screening as part of the Vues d’Afrique Pan Africa International Film Festival (at the Gesù Centre in Montreal). The film will be in competition in the Regards d’ici category.

Mighty Jerome, which premiered at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival and will play at Toronto’s prestigious Hot Docs festival (April 28 to May 8, 2011), tells the tale of extraordinary sprinter Harry Jerome, one of Canada’s greatest athletes. The film traces his childhood and youth in Vancouver, his spectacular rise, his participation in three Olympic Games, his sudden fall and his premature death. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the triumphant story of what Jerome’s coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman, called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.”

Charles Officer, filmmaker

Charles Officer is a man of many talents. The former professional hockey player-turned-actor and director is now resident filmmaker at the Toronto-based Canadian Film Centre. His first feature film, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, garnered acclaim on the festival circuit after its premiere at TIFF 2008, and saw distribution in Canada, the US and internationally in 2009. The film received ten nominations at the 2010 Genie Awards (including Best Picture) and won for Best Original Song. Officer has made Playback Magazine’s “10 to Watch” list, and was the recipient of the 2009 Ontario Premier’s Emerging Artist Award.

About the NFB

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. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features almost 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad, and now, Canada’s first film app for the Android platform.

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