Jennifer Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for over 20 years. Her films have played all over the world and won awards nationally and internationally. Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles won an International Emmy in 1999. The Holier It Gets won Best Canadian Film at Hot Docs in 2000 and two Gemini awards. The True Meaning of Pictures, about issues of representation in the photographs of Shelby Lee Adams, premiered at TIFF 2002, was invited to Sundance the following January and won a Gemini for Best Arts Documentary in 2003. Baichwal, along with her partner Nicholas de Pencier, was commissioned by TVOntario in 2003-04 to make 40 short films on artists who have been supported over the past four decades by the Ontario Arts Council. 40 on 40 included writer Michael Ondaatje, artist Michael Snow, pianist Eve Egoyan and playwright Judith Thompson.
Manufactured Landscapes, a feature documentary about the work of artist Edward Burtynsky, was released in 12 countries and won numerous national and international awards, including the Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian Feature in 2006. Act of God, about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning, opened the Hot Docs Film Festival in May 2009. Payback, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Massey Lectures produced by Ravida Din and the National Film Board, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and was released in Canada and the U.S. that spring. The feature documentary Watermark, made with Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier, premiered at TIFF 2013, was released in Canada by Mongrel Media and won the Toronto Film Critics Association prize for Best Canadian Film in Jan 2014. It has since been released in 11 countries worldwide.
Watermark Cubed was a large scale video installation created by Baichwal and de Pencier that was exhibited live at Nuit Blanche in 2013. The piece projected looped live-mixed video on water themes throughout the night onto a square structure 20 feet high and 10 feet wide x 4 panels at the intersection of Bay and Richmond streets in Toronto.
In 2013 and 2016, Baichwal and de Pencier created onstage video playback for the Tragically Hip’s Fully Completely and Man Machine Poem tours. In 2015, they collaborated with the Rheostatics for the 20th anniversary of Music Inspired By the Group of Seven. Walker Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario was transformed into a northern forest for 3 nights with floor to ceiling projections of wilderness landscape, abstractions/interpretations of wilderness landscape and archive, accomp-anied by live performance. In 2016, they were commissioned by Andrew Hunter at the AGO to create Ice Forms: American Falls, a looped video piece which was projected onto a 9’ x 12’ translucent screen in the last room of the exhibit, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris.
Most recently, Baichwal and de Pencier were co-directors of Long Time Running, a feature documentary on the Tragically Hip’s 2016 summer tour. The documentary, produced by Banger Films, premiered at TIFF 2017, was subsequently released by Elevation Pictures, and broadcast by Bell and Netflix. Anthropocene, another collaboration with de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, which includes a feature documentary, book and museum exhibition, will be released in the fall of 2018.
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