Artist Talk with NBFC Filmmaker in Residence Martine Asselin

Intermediate - Theory
Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Martine Asselin
Online Workshop
NB Film Co-op
Fredericton , NB
New Brunswick
Workshop Description: 

My Residency Project
I want to work on a feature-length fictional script about a young deaf woman and her relationship with Language Translators in many situations (from funny to dramatic). There might even be a love triangle involved... we’ll see when the story begins to form during this residency. I’m in the early stages of the project now. I’m still documenting myself and constructing the long synopsis (outline). I hope to have a good idea of my film structure and my treatment by the end of my film artist residency with the NB Film Co-op.

When I approached the NB Film Co-op with this residency project, I explained that, as I’m a mother with a child with special needs, it can be difficult sometimes to work full time on my projects from home.

I needed to take time to focus on my story and wanted to visit an inspiring creative organization and have space to walk around, chat, and meet other creative people I can talk with.

Now, life has changed because of COVID-19, but the need to create, focus, and exchange with fellow film artists to find inspiration are still there, now, more than ever!

I’m delighted and curious to try to do this project as a virtual residency. I look forward to connecting with you all to see if we can together create this magical state that artist residencies bring to us.

Instructor's Biography: 
Hi! I live in Montréal, Québec. For more than 20 years, I’ve been focused on producing documentaries, but I also did some short fictional films, experimental works, and 2D animation. Most of my documentaries have explored social issues, with a focus on real people’s lives. I focus on the value of all human beings. My stories expose our humanity, how we go through difficulties, and our resiliency when dealing with challenges. Through my stories, I reveal some of our bias toward people who are labeled as «different,» and I try to challenge what is considered normal and not normal. As a mother of two magnificent young humans, one of whom is autistic, I’m even more interested in these personal themes and how we relate to people with so-called «disabilities» (I hate this word). You can find more info about my work on my website, which needs updates more often - but unfortunately, it is not my priority right now.
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