• The Sower: Salon Vert Screenings in Partnership with Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

The Sower: Salon Vert Screenings in Partnership with Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

  • 22 Apr 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • 506 Bloor Street West

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Directed by Julie Perron
77 mins

In Quebec’s Kamouraska Valley, Patrice Fortier is putting down roots at his seed company, La Société des plantes. Like a copyist in the Middle Ages, he is meticulously preserving rare and forgotten cultivars with the goal of breeding the “heirlooms of the future.” As Patrice gardens, he daydreams and transforms his harvests into art projects. The seasons come and go, his patience and care express his passion and knowledge, and his seed bank grows. His tiny storehouses of life will eventually sprout in thousands of vegetable gardens around the world. At the centre of this paean to plant biodiversity and agricultural heritage is a unique, genetically motivated seed producer. Watch: the impossible is underway.

Q&A moderated by Michael John Long:

The Sower_Director Headshot_Julie PerronJulie Perron, Director – Born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, Julie Perron obtained a Bachelor’s degree in cinema at Paris 7 University and a Master’s degree in educational technology at the University of Montréal before beginning her career as a filmmaker at the National Film Board of Canada in 2000. Her first film, Mai en décembre (Godard en Abitibi), is a look back at Jean-Luc Godard’s TV experience in northern Québec (Rouyn-Noranda) in December 1968. With her film, Perron shed light for the first time on this unknown event. After a chance meeting in Paris with the heroine of the French Resistance Lucie Aubrac, Julie directed Lucie, Timeless Fighter. The film was well received by critics and audiences, and was nominated for a Gémeaux (TV award in Québec) for Best Documentary (biography) in 2004, and also won the Anna Magnani Award 2010 (Festival Laboratorio Immagine Donna, Florence, Italy). In 2010, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ) awarded Julie Perron a six-month studio residency in Rome, where she wrote a script for a fictional feature film entitled Rinascita. In 2013, Julie directed Living With Earth, shot in northern Greece with an archeobotanist who discovered seeds dating back to the Neolithic period. Julie Perron’s films have been widely seen and distributed on television and at international film festivals, media libraries, and cultural institutions in Canada and throughout Europe. She has also taught cinema at Main Film (film coop in Montréal) and at the New Trier College (Chicago). She has been a member of Les Films de l’Autre since 2001.

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