MY FATHER'S STUDIO
Documentary / Canada / 2008 / BETACAM / 72 min.
An insider’s look on how art impacts life.
In November 2001, Quebec Painter Edmund Alleyn (1931-2004) agreed to be filmed in his Montreal studio by his daughter, filmmaker Jennifer Alleyn. There, something unexpected happened : an authentic encounter, with no beating around the bush, no mask. From a few existential questions –about life, painting, death- thruth emerged. The artist died of cancer in December 2004 before Jennifer could film him again. After inheriting his studio, she found herself in this sacred space, still imbued with the presence and imagination of her father. Her film is an attempt to prolong the dialogue, to find the missing fragments of her father’s life. Edmund Alleyn was an intense and complex man of integrity who left his mark on Canadian art history.
CAST Edmund & Nora Alleyn, Gabor Szilas, Gilles Lapointe, Anne Cherix, Olivier Asselin, Leslie Reid
IMAGE Jennifer Alleyn, Jean-Claude Labrecque
EDITING Annie Jean
SOUND Geneviève Albert, Martyne Morin, Joël Flesher & Bruno Pucella
SOUND MIX Bruno Bélanger
MUSIC Simon Bellefleur
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Katia Paradis
PRODUCER Jeannine Gagnée, Amazone films - Radio-Canada - ARTV
DISTRIBUTION Les films du 3 mars
Presented as a world premiere at the 26th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), My father's studio receives a standing ovation and wins the Best Canadian Achievement Award. It was released in May 2008, at the Cinéma Parallèle of Ex-CEntris (French version) and at the Nouveau Cinéma Du Parc. While starting his career on the Festivals circuit, he stopped in February 2009 at the Louvre Museum in Paris and at the Morgan Library in New York. Links : Exhibition Edmund Alleyn at the MAC Edmund Alleyn's web site