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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NFB announces the Canadian DVD and digital release of Emmy Award nominee Mighty Jerome

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Vancouver, May 30, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announces that Mighty Jerome, the triumphant true story of one of Canada’s—and the world’s—greatest track athletes, is now available on DVD in Canada and for digital download.

In addition to the DVD release the NFB is now offering a download-to-own service. It’s a new, easier way to purchase recent and classic NFB films online.

Mighty Jerome was recently nominated for a 2012 Northwest Regional Emmy Award in the category of Documentary: Historical. The film premiered at the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival, followed by screenings at 2011 Hot Docs in Toronto and Vues d’Afrique Pan Africa International Film Festival in Montreal.

From filmmaker Charles Officer comes the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, track and field star and one of Canada’s greatest athletes. Jerome’s life and career were riddled with both triumph and tribulation, but he ultimately proved himself a champion both on and off the track. Featuring interviews with Jerome’s family, Canadian Olympic athletes Doug Clement and Bruce Kidd, and journalist Alan Fotheringham, the film tells the story of what Jerome’s coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman, called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.” Compelling, surprising and urgently paced, Mighty Jerome will electrify sports fans, history buffs and all those with an appreciation for tales of courage and achievement. Produced by Selwyn Jacob (NFB).

Now available on DVD and as a digital download:

Mighty Jerome, directed by Charles Officer (2010, 80 min)

DVD available in stores, online at nfb.ca/store and by phone at 1-800-267-7710.

Download-to-own at nfb.ca/mightyjerome.

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation 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.


For more information, please contact:

Colette Gunson, Publicist for the NFB
Phone: 778-228-6779
E-mail: colette@jivecommunications.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Phone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca