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Watch tributes to Rush, Mary Walsh, Deepa Mehta and more at NFB.CA

Press release

2012/05/04


Montreal, May 4, 2012 – Starting Saturday, May 5, at 10:30 p.m. ET, Canadians everywhere can watch the National Film Board of Canada's online film tributes to rock legends Rush, filmmaker Deepa Mehta, comedienne Mary Walsh and more, as the NFB honours the 2012 laureates of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards at the NFB.ca Screening Room and via the NFB's apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.

For the fifth consecutive year, the NFB has brought together acclaimed Canadian filmmakers and NFB producers to craft a series of short signature works honouring the recipients of Canada's most prestigious performing arts awards, presented at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on May 5, 2012.

The NFB's annual contribution to the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala celebrates the achievements of Canadians in the performing arts through distinctive works of short cinema that share these artists' talents with people across Canada and around the world. With this year's crop of films, the NFB will have produced 40 films for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards over five years, including last year's viral hit William Shatner Sings O Canada, which has garnered over 150,000 plays at NFB.ca and partner websites.  

Now in its 20th season, the annual Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala is the result of a dynamic partnership between three of Canada's major arts organizations. The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation is responsible for the nominations and selection of the recipients. The National Arts Centre plays a key role by fundraising and producing the Gala. The NFB is a key creative concept partner, creating signature films that capture the essence of each of the laureates and serve as a testament to their creative genius.

2012 tributes

Music Is Not a Luxury profiles Earlaine Collins, a passionate supporter of the performing arts in Canada for more than 45 years, who is being presented with this year's Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts. This short film is directed by filmmaker Annette Mangaard and produced by Gerry Flahive.

Constellation honours Montreal-born classical pianist Janina Fialkowska, recipient of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, combining the music of Chopin with digital animation to artfully portray Fialkowska's imprint in the world of classical music and beyond. It is directed by experimental video artist Patrick Doan, a.k.a. DEFASTEN, and produced by Kat Baulu.

Mise en Scène is a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the life of Tony, Olivier and Dora Award-winning director, writer and composer Des McAnuff, recipient of the National Arts Centre Award. Building to a grand finale in true Shakespearean tradition, this short film is directed by filmmaker and artist Chelsea McMullan and produced by Lea Marin.

Paul-André Fortier is an eponymous tribute to the Quebec choreographer and dancer, recipient of a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. Directed by Oana Suteu Khintirian and produced by René Chénier, it draws its inspiration from Paul-André Fortier's latest work: a collaboration with musician and composer Malcolm Goldstein.

Denis Marleau offers audiences a unique portrait of Quebec theatre director and Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award laureate Denis Marleau though an exploration of one of the major themes of his work: the relationship between material reality and consciousness. It is directed by Montreal-based filmmaker Kim Nguyen ( War Witch) and produced by René Chénier.

Deepa Mehta, In Profile incorporates imagery from Deepa Mehta's Heaven on Earth and other films, as the recipient of a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award talks about moving between the worlds of Canada and India in her work. This short film portrait is directed by Genie Award-winner Nettie Wild and produced by Yves Ma.

Inner Rush celebrates the career of legendary rock trio Rush and members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. Recipients of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, Rush have had the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums in rock history after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Inner Rush is directed by Toronto-based filmmaker and cinematographer Chris Romeike and produced by Gerry Flahive.

Imaginary Heroine is a tribute to Newfoundland's grand dame of comedy, Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award laureate Mary Walsh. Inspired by Mary Walsh's one-woman play Dancing with Rage, Imaginary Heroine is directed by Sherry White and produced by Annette Clarke, both of whom are from St. John's.

These short films are produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

About the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) are Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts, recognizing a stellar array of artists and arts volunteers for their outstanding lifetime contribution to Canada's cultural life. The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards were created in 1992 under the patronage of the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn (1934–2002), then Governor General of Canada. Today, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston is the Awards' patron.

Six Lifetime Artistic Achievement Awards are given each year for excellence in the fields of theatre, dance, classical music, popular music, broadcasting and film. Two complementary awards are also conferred: the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts, which recognizes the outstanding contribution by an individual or group in voluntary service to the performing arts in Canada; and the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist or company in the past performance year.

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 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world's leading video portals, while the NFB's growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.

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