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MacPherson

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In Quebec during the early 1930s, young poet Félix Leclerc befriended Frank Randolph Macpherson, a Jamaican chemical engineer and university graduate who worked for a pulp and paper company. An inveterate jazz fan, Macpherson inspired Leclerc, who wrote a song about the log drives and entitled it “MacPherson” in honour of his friend.

In the heart of a wintry nation, a white man and a black man bask in the warmth of a friendship buoyed by melodies of jazz, traditional Quebec folk tunes, Jamaican mento and a Schubert sonata. The magical hands of Martine Chartrand, director of Black Soul, have created an animated film that bursts with a pulsating hybrid of poetry and music, employing painted glass frames shot with a 35mm camera. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, MacPherson, based on Leclerc’s famous song, depicts turning points in history and, with great sensitivity and lavish imagery, evokes the deep feelings shared by the Jamaican engineer and one of Leclerc’s sisters.

A film brimming with exuberant, colourful images.

2012, 10 min 52 s

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Prix du court métrage
Vues sur mer
Du 11 au 13 avril 2013, Gaspé - Canada

Meilleur court métrage d'animation- assorti d'une bourse de $500
Festival international du film
Du 1 au 11 novembre 2012, Denver - États-Unis

Honourable Mention for Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation
Festival international d'animation
Du 19 au 23 septembre 2012, Ottawa - Canada

Prix du meilleur court métrage canadien (Prix du public)
Festival des films du monde de Montréal (FFM)
Du 23 août au 3 septembre 2012, Montréal - Canada

Premier prix (Court métrage)
Festival des films du monde de Montréal (FFM)
Du 23 août au 3 septembre 2012, Montréal - Canada

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