Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The NFB Wins at the Leo Awards

From a media release:

The NFB wins at the Leos

Seven awards for BC-produced animated short and documentaries on Harry Jerome and David Suzuki

Toronto, June 2011 – Two documentaries and an animated short produced by the National Film Board of Canada’s Pacific and Yukon Centre won Leo Awards this past Saturday (June 13) at a gala held in Vancouver. The awards are given out annually by the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia to celebrate and promote the achievements of the BC film and television industry.

Mighty Jerome took home four honours: Best Feature Length Documentary Program, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series, Best Overall Sound in a Documentary Program or Series and Best Musical Score in a Documentary Program or Series. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Charles Officer (Nurse.Fighter.Boy), Mighty Jerome documents the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome—a track and field star and one of Canada’s greatest athletes.

The film will have its world television premiere on the CBC on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT.

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and co-produced by Entertainment One, was awarded Best Cinematography in a Documentary Program or Series. At 73 years of age, the iconic Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist delivered what he describes as “a last lecture—a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.” In Force of Nature, Gunnarsson interweaves the lecture with scenes from the major social, scientific, cultural and political events of the past 70 years of Suzuki’s life.

The Trembling Veil of Bones won Best Direction/ Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series and Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series. In Matthew Talbot-Kelly’s animated short, a lone clockmaker named Bones sits inside a darkened studio filled with the sounds of ticking clocks. He parcels out his time until the arrival of a mysterious package propels him to leave his refuge.

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