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 Lumberfros by Stéphanie Lanthier out on DVD on October 10

Press release


Montreal, October 4, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announces the DVD release of Stéphanie Lanthier’s documentary The Lumberfros. As of October 10, the DVD can be ordered from the NFB’s online store at nfb.ca/store or by phone at 1-800-267-7710. In Montreal, the DVD will also be available at the NFB’s CineRobotheque, located at 1564 Saint-Denis Street. The public can once again fall under the spell of the brush clearers of the boreal forest. These men are the modern-day versions of French-Canadian lumberjacks Jos Montferrand and François Paradis.

The film

In Abitibi, far from the city, brush clearers work hard to tame the northern wilderness. Filmmaker Stéphanie Lanthier lived in remote logging camps for an entire season, documenting the adventures of these 21st-century lumberjacks of all ages and nationalities in the boreal forest.

The filmmaker

Originally from Mont-Laurier, Stéphanie Lanthier is a woman of many talents. She teaches history and political science at the Université de Sherbrooke and is particularly interested in how women are represented in history and in film. In 2004, her career path led to filmmaking when she co-directed her first documentary feature with Myriam Pelletier-Gilbert, Deux mille fois par jour, which explores the lives of tree planters. During the shoot in Abitibi, she discovered the captivating world of brush clearers and was inspired to make The Lumberfros, her second feature film.

The Lumberfros is produced by DOC Productions in co-production with the NFB.

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Nadine Viau, Publicist, NFB

T.: 514-496-4486 / C.: 514-458-9745 / n.viau@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB

T.: 514-283-3838 / C.: 514-296-8261 / l.robert@nfb.ca