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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Martine Chartrand's MacPherson (NFB) to open WFF

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Montreal, August 1, 2012 – Martine Chartrand's animated short MacPherson will have the honour of opening the 36th Montreal World Film Festival on August 23, and will be shown before a feature film. Produced by Marc Bertrand and Marcel Jean of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), MacPherson is about the Depression-era friendship between young poet Félix Leclerc and Jamaican-born chemist Frank Randolph Macpherson—a bond that later inspired Leclerc's song about a black log driver. MacPherson has also been selected for the World Competition, along with 10 other shorts.

In this poetic film, a warm interracial friendship is born deep in the heart of a wintry land, to the melodies of jazz, traditional Quebec folk music, Jamaican mento and a Schubert sonata. Ten years after her film Black Soul took the Golden Bear in Berlin, the filmmaker returns with a new work: a lush animation painted on glass and shot using a 35mm camera. Part fiction, part documentary, MacPherson brings Leclerc's famous ditty to life in its sensitive evocation of the feelings between the Jamaican engineer and one of the poet's young sisters.

Martine Chartrand was born in Montreal. After studies at Concordia University and UQAM, she made her first film, the international award-winning TV Tango, in 1992. Her next film, Black Soul, garnered 23 awards, including the 2002 Jutra for best animation.

The 2012 World Film Festival will kick off on August 23 at the Imperial Cinema (1432 Bleury, Place-des-Arts Metro) and continue until September 3.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
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E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
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E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca