My updated reel.

 

A music video I made for my man Leif Vollebekk on a deserted beach in Florida. We danced up and down this path at magic hour until we got kicked out by the rangers.

 

In this music video for Half Moon Run, a man starts a New Age movement in Mexico. When it gets too big, he  loses his grip on reality. Tequila meets yoga meets madness in a resort town.

 

Set in Mexico City over the course of a single day, this is the true story of an older man’s decision to accept his homosexuality. Told without any dialogue, this award-winning short film is a cinematic exploration of shame, catharsis, and ultimately, transcendence.

Awards: Canada’s Top Ten Films (TIFF); Best Cinematography and Sound Design – Prix Prends ça court!; Chris Award for Best Narrative – Columbus International Film Festival; Special Mention (International Category) – Mexico Short Shorts Film Festival; Prix du Public – Image+Nation (Montréal); Silver Palm – Mexico Int’l Film Festival; Senior Award for Best Short Film – Amsterdam LGBT Festival

Nominated for Canadian Screen Award and Jutra Award for Best Short Film.

 

A no-budget music video made for my old friend Little Scream (Laurel Sprengelmeyer) in a decrepit pool in New Orleans, starring underground drag star Neon Burgundy.

 

A journey through the Haitian carnival as experienced by a young woman, this film straddles the lines between documentary, visual poem, and hallucination. Filmed in hyper-saturated 16mm, angels of death and groups of men covered in black syrup battle a giant “Master of Midnight” with fire blazing in his eyes to the beat of Haitian rara and raboday music. Created in collaboration with the director’s students from the Cine Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, and based on a poem by young Haitian poet Gabriel Wood Jerry.

Awards: Most Creative Short Film – Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal); Best Director – Regard sur le court-métrage au Saguenay

 

Usually, when we watch a rock band play, we don’t look at the details of how the music is being made. We hear music coming at us, almost magically, from larger-than-life beings singing and playing instruments. With this video, I wanted to deconstruct the way in which the music is actually created: strings vibrating, fingers moving with Olympic agility and precision, tendons flexing, involuntary muscle movements, quivering metal plates. As the video becomes more psychedelic, I imagined where the music comes from, using archives and home videos from the band: the universe around us, childhood memories, travel, catastrophe, magic, the birth of a child.

Nominated for Best Montreal Music Video at MUVI Awards

 

A short urban fairy tale about an emotionless young man who lives in a dystopian Montreal where humans coexist with hypersensitive white-eyed beings. One day, he sees a mysterious girl who changes his life.

Award: Prix de l’interprétation masculine – Paris Courts Devant

 

On one day during Holi celebrations every year, veiled women in the northern Indian towns of Nandgaon and Barsana strike men with large staffs, re-enacting an ancient Hindu legend. A psychedelic 16mm journey into light, colour, and violence.

Commissioned as a Carte Blanche by the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal).

 

Part of a series of documentary portraits for Unicef Haiti about inspiring kids living in difficult situations.
Edyl lives with his father and his sister, who lives with disability. Suffering from hypertension since having a stroke in 2013, the father is no longer able to work. To contribute to the meager family income, Edyl decided to make some money by working in the neighborhood bakery. With his small earning, he manages to take care of his father and to put some money aside for schooling. His dream is to become an agronomist. “So many people go hungry here. I want to feed the country,” he says.

 

Part of a series of documentary portraits for Unicef Haiti about inspiring kids living in difficult situations.

Djolanda is 11 years old. She lives with her mother and her two brothers. Since her violent father left home, the girl is concerned for her mother and feels she has a role to play to help provide for the family.

 

The trailer for a feature-length documentary I made for Canal D and CBC about the the life cycle of the t-shirt, from cotton ball to garment factory to recycling plant to the West African cities where our used t-shirts often end up.

 

Brad Barr had the idea to make a video about the band trying to sing a song but being thwarted on all sides. I added a mythological element to it. We shot it on a roof in Montreal on an insanely hot day in March. We had been prepared for snow but ended up with sunburns.

 

I was one of sixteen filmmakers who worked on this film: a kaleidoscopic romp through a semi-industrial neighborhood that pays homage to Hubert Aquin’s classic 1962 film by drawing together the work of multiple filmmakers to capture everyday life in a vibrant working-class community on a single summer day. A thoughtful spatial metaphor in which people—the city’s vital force—flow through St-Henri’s streets, steam tunnels, train tracks, and magnificent central canal like blood throbbing through veins.

 

 

This is a cool little no-budget Take Away-style music video I made a couple of years ago with Arcade Fire, my students at the Ciné Institute in Haiti, and my friend and fellow teacher Maxence Bradley.

 

A micro-budget film commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival on the theme of “family”:

Boy meets girl. Boy doesn’t have condom. A film about destiny, love, and soul music.

Awards: Jury Prize – Iron Mule Comedy Festival (NY); Second Place – Fantastic Fest (Austin); Best PSA – Couch Film Festival

 

A music video for Socalled, featuring Jewish cultural icon Theodore Bikel and rapper Sans Pression. Puppets created by Clea Minaker.

 

I did the cinematography for this trippy video, directed by Mylène Simard. Three days in the country, no money, and lots of enthusiasm. And a willing spider.

 

I directed this video for the band I play in, Bell Orchestre. The song is called Upwards March. It won the award for Best Experimental Film at 2008’s SXSW.

 

A video for Montreal band Torngat inspired by Fritz Lang’s M. They wanted a video about the idea of escape.

 

It is a Sunday afternoon in the universe. When a mysterious musical force causes scorching heat, tornadoes, and raging fires to devastate our planet, four very different people await the impending disaster at a local corner store. A film about the human ties that bind us when catastrophe is imminent.

Award: Honourable Mention – Columbus Film Festival

 

 

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