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"It must be said, all that we have done in France in the area of cinéma-vérité comes from the National Film Board of Canada. It is Brault who brought a new technique of filming that we had not known and that we copied ever since. In fact, truly, there is a “brauchitis" spreading, it is certain. Even the people who consider that Brault is a nuisance, or were jealous, are forced to recognize it.”
Jean Rouch, June 1963 Cahiers du Cinéma No.144.

Michel Brault is one of my favorite directors of all time, but he’s very underrated (even in Canada). It’s nice to see that one of the greatest filmmakers of the New Waves recognizes his talent.

"It must be said, all that we have done in France in the area of cinéma-vérité comes from the National Film Board of Canada. It is Brault who brought a new technique of filming that we had not known and that we copied ever since. In fact, truly, there is a “brauchitis" spreading, it is certain. Even the people who consider that Brault is a nuisance, or were jealous, are forced to recognize it.”

Jean Rouch, June 1963 Cahiers du Cinéma No.144.

Michel Brault is one of my favorite directors of all time, but he’s very underrated (even in Canada). It’s nice to see that one of the greatest filmmakers of the New Waves recognizes his talent.

Make-up artist Remy Couture will have to face Canadian justice today for “corruption of morals”. He specializes in horror movies and sometimes takes pictures for consenting individuals.

"I thought all of this was ridiculous, I explained him [police officer] I do special effects make-up and special effects, that I am specializing in the field of horror and that nothing on my site is real. I asked them since when producing and creating fictitious works of horror was illegal, since the images were nothing but footage with consenting people.", says Remy Couture.

Question:
Do you believe we should limit artistic freedom in the name of morality?

Make-up artist Remy Couture will have to face Canadian justice today for “corruption of morals”. He specializes in horror movies and sometimes takes pictures for consenting individuals.

"I thought all of this was ridiculous, I explained him [police officer] I do special effects make-up and special effects, that I am specializing in the field of horror and that nothing on my site is real. I asked them since when producing and creating fictitious works of horror was illegal, since the images were nothing but footage with consenting people.", says Remy Couture.

Question:

Do you believe we should limit artistic freedom in the name of morality?

I live in Quebec and right now we’re in the middle of a social crisis. It’s important.

Things started with a simple protest: The students opposed the 75% raise of tuition fees. Now some could argue that Quebec tuition fees are not that expensive to begin with, but that’s not the issue.

The Prime Minister of Quebec, Jean Charest, refused to meet the students for weeks and weeks and things started to heat up. We’re now close to 100 days of protests and the government still refuses to listen to the students. Instead, they passed a new special law which doesn’t respect the constitutional rights of expression and association. Basically, the government can decide if you can protest or not…and you can’t be more than 50 at one spot.

I, as many of my friends, walked for democracy. Now celebrities are using their power to put the spotlight on this issue. Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan wore the red square on the red carpet at Cannes, “indie” Canadian band Arcade Fire wore red squares on SNL and now Michael Moore is talking about it.

Do your part and spread the word. Democracy is important.

Young director Xavier Dolan and the cast of his new movie, Laurence Anyways, are wearing the red square to protest against the much contested raise of education fees in the province of Quebec, despite the new law 78 created by the Prime Minister Jean Charest, which strictly forbids to protest in the streets or wear a red square in support of that cause. That law is considered by many to be anti-democratic and is generating a lot of heat in Canada.
Bravo Xavier Dolan et vive la démocratie!

Young director Xavier Dolan and the cast of his new movie, Laurence Anyways, are wearing the red square to protest against the much contested raise of education fees in the province of Quebec, despite the new law 78 created by the Prime Minister Jean Charest, which strictly forbids to protest in the streets or wear a red square in support of that cause. That law is considered by many to be anti-democratic and is generating a lot of heat in Canada.

Bravo Xavier Dolan et vive la démocratie!

Dear Producers of ‘On the Road’

Hi,

It’s great to see you tumblin’ about your movie. So far the buzz is positive and I’m glad that Walter Salles is directing the project, seriously.

However, I do have a problem with you.

You see, a few months before you started shooting in Montreal and Gatineau, I offered you to become an extra on your movie FOR FREE and I got no answer. As I emailed you, I wanted to do this for personal reasons.

My grandfather grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts and was friends with Jack “Ti-Jean” Kerouac. Just like him, my grandfather had Quebec roots but grew up in the United States. I also lived in Gatineau for more than 15 years and shot a short film exactly where you filmed.

You don’t know how honored I would have been. I tried contacting you in every way imaginable but you never contacted me back.

I’m sorta sad about the missed opportunity.