Lazar & Richard Elson
Lazar is a partner in Les Productions du Boulevard which
produced Chez Schwartz. He has been a journalist and
producer for over 30 years, starting his career with CBC radio.
He has worked on documentaries for many companies and organizations
including the NFB, Spectra-Amerimage, CFCF-TV and TVO.
1995, he has been a partner, with Garry Beitel, in Beitel/Lazar
Productions which produces documentaries for television as well
as Beitel/Lazar Films which makes institutional films.
is well known for books and articles about ethnic communities and
food in Montreal. His books include the best sellers: Barry
Lazars Taste of Montreal, Underestimated Importance: la culture
anglo-québécoise, Tea with Mister George and Other
Adventures in Montreal, and The Guide to Ethnic Montreal
(Véhicule Press) / Le guide du Montréal ethnique
Elson is an award-winning, Montreal-based, documentary film
producer with Imageries Ltd., which he founded in 1980. His
innovative documentary films have won numerous national and international
awards, including an Academy Award nomination for The Colours
of My Father, which was released in 2005 by the Co-producer
The National Film Board of Canada as a DVD and in HD. The
Mystery of the Blue Whale, a documentary about the last
giant mammal living on this planet, awarded the Rolex Grand Prize
for the protection of the underwater world at the International
Festival of Maritime and Exploration Films in Toulon, France in
1999 will be released on DVD in 2007.
2005 Imageries jointly with Beitel/Lazar Productions created a new
production company Les productions du Boulevard. Their first production
is the feature documentary Chez Schwartz with broadcast
in Québec on Télé-Quebec and international
distribution by Filmoption International.
is currently developing Once Upon A Story, a feature
documentary about the story of sorytelling for Télé-Quebec
written and directed by Terre Nash with support form the SODEC.
Imageries was associated with Galafilm Productions, Elson produced
the 6-hour documentary series Chiefs for History Television,
Historia, TVO, TFO and SCN, about the lives of such remarkable First
Nations chiefs as Sitting Bull, Poundmaker, Black Hawk, Brant and
Richard Elsons other award winning productions produced by
Imageries Ltd. are: What If... A film about Judith
Merril, Bittersweet Deliveries, The Empty Net, Animal Connections,
The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein, Bonjour!
Shalom! and The Cry of the Beluga.
Elson has been very involved in support of independent Canadian
documentary production and distribution. He is a past co-chair of
the Quebec section of the Documentary Organization of Canada and
past Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Canadian
Independent Film and Video Fund. He also served as the Vice-President
Camera / Director of Photography
Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers
One of Canadas
leading documentary director of photography and cameraman, Marc
Gadoury is known for his close collaboration with a number of
directors with whom he has frequently worked. On Chez Schwartz
he played a key role by enabling the verité filming style
of the documentary that captures the action within the extremely
tight and congested quarters of the Deli over the long days of filming.
He has been recognized for the excellence of his work on many of
the documentaries for which is he responsible for the images.
Gémeaux - Meilleure direction photographique-toutes
1992 - Bonjour ! Shalom!2000 - Lumière des oiseaux
en partenariat avec Carlos Ferrand
2002 - Maux d'amours en partenariat avec Laurent BeaucheminGemini
- Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series
2003 - Water Marks CSC Awards - Best photography in a Docudrama
2005 - The Unsexing Of Emma Edmonds CSC Awards Best
photography in a Performance
2006 Canticum Canticorum
Marcel Lepage has been an active member of the Quebec music
scene for over 20 years, His impressive body of work includes 11
solo CDs under the Ambiances Magnétiques label, a musical
text for schools (Le Robert illustré de la clarinette), several
hundred original compostions for films including Benoit Pilons
hit documentary Roger Toupin, épicier variété,
René Lévesque, héros malgré lui,
by Marc Renaud, Le côté sombre de la Dame Blanche,
by Patricio Henriquez, War Babies, by Raymonde Provencher,
and Les Enfants de Refus Global, by Manon Barbeau.
He has also composed for television programs (Urgence, Réseaux)
and fiction films including La Neuvaine , 20 h 17 rue Darling
by Bernard Emond; Mariages, by Catherine Martin; Full
Blast, Yellowknife by Rodrigue Jean). His versatile work
as a musician has won him two Gémaux: for the film Soho
and the documentary Le Minot dor ; as well as
the Prix Richard Grégoire of the SPACQ Foundation awarded
for the first time this year (2006) for his work as a film composer.
Boisvert has been a soundman since 1987 often under extremely
difficult conditions, as with Chez Schwartz, where
he managed to get precise direct sound within the boisterous atmosphere
of the smoked meat deli. He has worked on large productions, but
now prefers to work on small personal documentaries. After all,
what other kind of work has the opportunity to take a sleeping car
between Moscow and St. Petersburg, cry in a refugee camp in Guinea
or hear the breathing of a bowhead whale a few meters away, north
of the arctic circle.
recent films include:
Chez Schwartz (2006), Les Appalaches
Jacques Parizeau : lhomme derrière le complet
3 pièces (2005)
Arctic Mission (2002).
almost twenty years in the editing business, Nicolas has taken part
in a wide variety of projects involving most of Québecs
important producers. Initially trained as an electronics technician,
then obtaining a bachelors degree in music he now prefers
documentary work because it allows him to get involved social and
recognition has come in the form of numerous awards and nominations
over the years; Gémeaux and Anik awards and even a special
prize from the Japanese government. Nicolas has edited four of Garry
is also a professional musician.