A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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The NFB and Théâtre de Verdure present SoCalled, en chair et en film

Press release


Montreal, July 12, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Théâtre de Verdure, the City of Montreal’s open-air amphitheatre, invite the public to Socalled, en chair et en film, a free event that starts at 7:30 p.m. on August 4. Open to all, this double-bill includes a screening of the feature documentary The Socalled Movie, preceded by a live performance by the film’s subject, world-renowned artist and musician Josh Dolgin.

The Socalled Movie, directed by Garry Beitel ( reFrame Films/NFB), is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Dolgin, a.k.a Socalled, a colourful, unorthodox and untrammelled creator. Through 18 vignettes shot in Mile End, Paris, New York and the Ukraine, The Socalled Movie reveals an irrepressible artist and his multicultural, genre-defying music, capturing the white-hot brightness of his creative spark. Mixing klezmer, hip hop and funk, Socalled blasts through the boundaries that separate the music of different cultures, eras and generations.

Screening begins at 9 p.m. with director Garry Beitel in attendance.
Original version in English and French with subtitles.

Never in one place for too long, the globetrotting Dolgin performs on stages the world over. On August 4 at Théâtre de Verdure, Montrealers will have a chance to catch one of his singular shows. Irresistible rhythms, original mixes and an explosively festive ambiance—Socalled offers a musical experience like no other!

Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Théâtre de Verdure
Parc LaFontaine
Corner of Duluth and Avenue du Parc-Lafontaine

August 4, 2011
7:30 p.m.
Socalled in a live performance
9 p.m. The Socalled Movie

Free | general admission (first come, first served)
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

ONF à la maison

In keeping with its mandate to make its films as widely accessible as possible, this fall, for the 12th consecutive year, the NFB will partner with the City of Montreal’s Accès culture network through the ONF à la maison program. Beginning on September 24, twenty-six NFB films will be screened free of charge in various Accès culture venues. For the complete program visit accesculture.com.

Théâtre de Verdure | Réseau Accès culture

For more than 50 years, Théâtre de Verdure has treated Montrealers to rich, diversified programming, enlivening summer evenings with its open-air amphitheatre in Parc La Fontaine. Until August 8, enjoy free shows in every art form, from music to dance, theatre to film.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established 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 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features over 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 Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Media relations

National Film Board of Canada
Pat Dillon, Publicist
Telephone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca

Accès culture
Karine Cousineau, Publicist
Telephone: 514-382-4844
E-mail: karinecousineau@bellnet.ca