The Search For Evangeline

a Bashar Shbib film

THE SEARCH FOR EVANGELINE

Documentary, 82 min, 2014, Color, (HD).

 

Synopsis

THE SEARCH FOR EVANGELINE is an hommage to 100 years of feature filmmaking in Canada. Evangeline was the first feature film directed by E. Sullivan and P. Cavanaugh made in Canada in 1913 and shot in Nova Scotia based upon a Longfellow poem written in 1847 depicting the expulsion of the Acadian population into diaspora by King George II. The 1913 film was independently produced by Canadian Bioscope Company without any government funding. A copy of the 1913 production of Evangeline has not been found so far. Shbib seeks to find out what there remains of this first Canadian feature film. The film was shot in Louisiana, Washigton D.C., Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maine, California, New York, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario.

 

Cast & Crew

FEATURING: GEORGES ARSENAULT, RENALDO BARNES, FRANÇOISE BONENFANT, JEANNÉ MANCE CORMIER, ZOE CONSTANTINIDES, DAVID DALY, CLAUDE DEGRÂCE, PHILIP FREY, ANDRÉ GAUDREAULT, JACKIE D. JUSTICE, LYNDA L. KINSLEY, LOUIS PELLETIER, DEBORAH ROBICHAUD, DEBBIE SAVOY, GARY SHUTLAK, D.J. TURNER, CHRISTINE WIRTH, DYLAN ZINK, JAMES B. ZINK
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: J. P. FORTIN
SOUND RECORDIST: SYLVAIN BROSSET
COMPOSER: MAXIME FILLION
PRODUCTION MANAGER: CHRISTINA RYAN
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: SYLVAIN BROSSET
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: MAÏA NADON-CHBIB, D. J. TURNER, FAROUK S. CHEBIB, HARALABOS SUGLERIS
PRODUCERS: BASHAR SHBIB, J. P. FORTIN
WRITER, DIRECTOR: BASHAR SHBIB

 

All Rights Reserved © 2014 Oneira Pictures International

Trilogy

a Bashar Shbib film

TRILOGY

Documentary, 89:00 min, 1983, 1984, 1986, B&W;/Color.

 

Synopsis

OR'D'UR

1983, Canada, Color, 16mm, 41 min. Docudrama

The title is a play on the French word for garbage, “ordure”. It is an experimental piece of work which brings to light inherent problems with documentary film, not to mention the language of a few prostitutes. A group of rowdy Montreal boys live under the wing of a tough matron-mama (Claire Nadon) who runs her house like a youth hostel. An ironic twist on cinema verité.

OR'D'UR.. a gritty, realistic look at male prostitution and sexual assault...an audacious, thought provoking work...one which raises important questions about the documentary idiom.
James Adams, Cinema Canada

JURY PRIZE, CANADIAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL 1984

BETSY

1984, Canada, Color, 16mm, 26 min. Comedy

A camp comedy of social mores. Right before her operation, a transsexual announces to her boss, mother and the world that her intention is to marry her straight lover Maurice during a meeting that her whiny, suburban in-laws will never forget.

...identification with the milieu...warmhearted...lasting humour...
Tom Waugh, The Body Politic

JURY PRIZE, CANADIAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL 1984

AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE

1986, Canada, Color/B&W, 16mm, 22 min. Docufiction

Transsexuals? Transvestites? Skinheads? Anarchy? Street life, hustling and drag are explored with sophistication, emotional resonance and that certain extra something that'll make you want to change the impossible to the incredible.

“ ...moving...dream-like, yearned love...”
Michel Beauchamp, 24 Images

Cast & Crew

OR'D'UR (PART 1)

STARRING : CLAIRE NADON, JOHN WIMBS
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
SOUND : ANDREW KOSTER
EDITORS : BASHAR SHBIB
MUSIC : LAURIE ANDERSON, CONDITION, ERIC LAGACÉ, DIANE DULUDE
WRITTER, EDITOR, DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF : CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

BETSY (PART 2)

STARRING : JOHN WIMBS, CLAUDE BLANCHARD
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
EDITED BY : STEPHEN REIZES, ANDREW KOSTER
SOUND : ANDREW KOSTER
PIANO : LUDWIG SEMERJIAN
WRITTER, PRODUCTOR, DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF : CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

AMOUR IMPOSSIBLE (PART 3)

STARRING : MICHELLE DEVILLE, MICHEL OICLE, JEAN-CLAUDE BUSTROS, ERIKA HAGENLOCHER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : STEPHEN REIZES
EDITOR : DENYSE OSTIGUY
SOUND : ANDREW KOSTER
MUSIC : DIMITRI SHOSTAKOVITCH
WRITTER AND DIRECTOR : BASHAR SHBIB

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF : CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA'S FILMMAKER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM and CANADA COUNCIL EXPLORATIONS

 

All Rights Reserved © 1984 Oneira Pictures International

The Making of… Indie TV ?

a Bashar Shbib film

THE MAKING OF... INDIE TV ?

Making-of, 83 min, 2012, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

The making of…indie television? portrays how a low-budget, independent television program is made without compromising one’s creative freedom. Using Granite Forks, a television series filmed on location in Stanstead, Canada as a case study, along with footage from some of independent filmmaker Bashar Shbib’s other films, this full-length feature gives the inside scoop on the challenges of independent media production and why it is such a driving force in one director’s life.

 

Cast & Crew

STARRING : BASHAR SHBIB, KIM PRANGLEY, ALEXANDRA WOODWARD,  ROBERT MURRAY,  CRAIG HENDERSON, JAMES MURRAY, STEPHEN WALKER, HEATHER CROGHAN, KARINA CHADWICK, JON DEITCHER, MICHAEL PENNING, EYAD HAMAM, CHRISTINA ANDRADE-SANGSTER, JOAN ANDRADE, MATT TURNER
EDITOR : GEOFF KLEIN
SOUND: STEPHEN DE OLIVEIRA
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY : EYAD HAMAM
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER : MAÏA NADON-CHBIB
WRITTEN PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY : BASHAR SHBIB
ALSO STARRING : SARA BAXTER, CLARA BIRD, REUBEN BIRD, ZACHARY BIRD, PAUL BOITEUX, MARY LYNN BOYS, COLIN CAMPBELL, ROBERT CHADWICK, CINDEL CHARTRAND, TAMMY CLEROUX-BAILEY, MICHAEL SHANE CONLEY, HEATHER CROGHAN, STEPHEN DE OLIVEIRA, EMILY DESORMEAUX, DJELA DJAMBA OKOKO, NICOLAS DOUCET, BRIAN DUBOIS, MYRIAM ENAULT, BEVERLEY GOODSELL, RONALD GOODSELL, AARON GUIMOND, GILLES GUIMOND, HOPE GUIMOND, ANDREW HOPPS, DAVID HOPPS, MEGHAN JENSEN, ERICA KOHL-BRADLEY, GEOFF KLEIN, TOLGA KUTLUAY,  JONAH LERNER, JAYME MARROTTE, RYAN MOLEIRO, MAÏA NADON-CHBIB, NANCY NURSE, CHRISTIAN OUELLET, STACY POULIN, FRED ROBERTSON, RUSSELL SANGSTER, CHRIS SEVERS, ALBERT SMITH, JERRY SMITH, ARIEL THERRIEN, MARJOLAINE TREMBLAY, MATT TURNER, PETER VARGAS, RAYMOND YATES

All Rights Reserved © 2012 Oneira Pictures International

Frogs in Love

a Bashar Shbib film

FROGS IN LOVE

Making-of, Drama, 52 min, 2006, color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Frogs In Love depicts the exciting and sometimes tumultuous circumstances that surround shooting Adam Coleman Howard’s film, Frauds in Love, starring himself and Alexa Woodward.

For Oneira's 25th anniversary, the veteran filmmaker, Shbib was convinced to give someone else the opportunity to take the reigns and lead one of his films.  With a new approach comes a new group dynamic, making for a very special twist that may not be for the worse.

 

Cast & Crew

STARRING : ADAM COLEMAN HOWARD,  BASHAR SHBIB,  ALEXANDRA WOODWARD,  TOLGA KUTLUAY,  STEPHEN DE OLIVEIRA
EDITORS : RAGNAR KEIL, CAMILLE FORTIN-CHBIB
DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY : CHIARA FOLINI,  CAMILLE FORTIN-CHBIB
ART DIRECTOR: MARIE JOSÉE DUPONT
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: J.-P. FORTIN, SYLVAIN BROSSET
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : MAÏA NADON-CHBIB
PRODUCED, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY : BASHAR SHBIB

All Rights Reserved © 2006 Oneira Pictures International

Cazalla de la Sierra

a Bashar Shbib film

CAZALLA DE LA SIERRA

Documentary, 26:00 min, 1985, Color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Maria del Carmen Ladron de Gueverra is a Spanish entrepreneur – everyone knows her simply as Maria Carmen. She has purchased a monastery of the Order of Saint Bruno, which she renovates in the hills north of Seville. This documentary delves into the heart of the daily lives of the inhabitants of Cazalla de la Sierra and then takes us to visit the monastery five kilometers from the village. It belonged to the Carthusians, an order founded in France in the 11th century. It is one of the four monasteries existing in the region. Of the quartet, this one is called “Cinderella” due to its colorful history. The monastery opened in the 15th century and is located on the “Via de la Plata” (“The Silver Road”). Traced by the Phoenicians long before the birth of Christ, this path still connects the south of Spain to Galicia, passing countless mines of gold and silver on the way.

With its combination of history, spirituality and nature, the site of La Cartuja happens to be particularly telling of the type of people that Maria Carmen hopes to be involved with in her project.

“When the church and the monastery regain their dignity as historical sites, this place will also become a venue for concerts, choral recitals, theater and other pertinent cultural events.” Maria Carmen then asks, “What could be simpler?”

Cast & Crew

NARRATOR : MARIA CARMEN DE GUEVARRA
CAMERA : STEPHEN REIZES
SOUND : BASHAR SHBIB
MUSIC: MONSERAT MONASTERY CHOIR
FILM EDITING : MARTIAL ETHIER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS : ADNAN CHBIB, ELKE CHBIB
DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER : BASHAR SHBIB

With the assistance of: The National Film Board of Canada (PAFFPS)

All Rights Reserved © 1985 Oneira Pictures International

Bread

a Bashar Shbib film

BREAD

Documentary, 11:00 min, 1985, Color, NTSC.

 

Synopsis

Both a visual feast and a didactic tool; from the wheat fields to the mill, from the bakery to the kitchen table, Bread is a dynamic and mouth-watering documentary.

Comparing homemade bread to its industrial counterpart, this hand-cut film will surely stir your appetite. The film’s powerful use of cinematic form is evident in its use of special camera angles that will spark the fancy of the filmmaker that lives within all of us. It also offers a rare opportunity to take a peek deep enough inside the oven to watch the yeast as it rises.

This enticing film starts off with wheat as it is grown and cultivated, and ends with buttered bread on the dinner table. Choosing to  reveal variations in the manufacturing process, from bagels to stuffed loaves, the director, Albert Kish, succeeded, without difficulty, to generate a high level of interest about his photogenic subject. This documentary is recommended for all types of audiences; elementary school children, students of the social sciences or from culinary classes, even those in the work force and from other ethnic cultures. In terms of further research on the subject, you can always read the STUDY GUIDE that accompanies the film.

· 26th American Film Festival, 1984,  Blue Ribbon Award
· Murcia International Film Festival, 2nd Prize Documentary
· Yorkton Educational Film Festival, 1983, Nominated for Golden Sheet
· San Francisco International Film Festival 1984
· Krakovie International Film Festival
· Birmingham International Film Festival
· Athens International Film Festival
· FILMEX
· MOMA (New York) retrospective 2007

Cast & Crew

CAMERA/D.O.P. : BILL KERRIGAN
ASSISTANT D.O.P. : ACHRAF CHBIB
ASSISTANT CAMERA : PETER VINET
SOUND : ANDREW KOSTER
MUSIC : LUDWIG SEMERJIAN
RECORDER : SERGE PERRON
PIANO : LUDWIG SEMERJIAN
OBOE : CATHY DAVIS
TITLES : NELSON ROSS
PRODUCTION MANAGER : SYLVIE OUAKNINE
ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER : MAHNOOR YAR KHAN
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND RESEARCHER : MARJORIE MORTON
DIRECTOR, EDITOR : ALBERT KISH
PRODUCTOR : BASHAR SHBIB

 

THANKS :
AU BON CROISSANT
AUSTRIAN BAKERIE
ALIMENTS VICTORIA
FAIRMOUNT BAGEL FACTORY
JIMMY'S BAKERY
KIPLING
BOULANGERIE JEAN
MAISON COUSIN
NEW HUNGARIAN BAKERY
PHOENIX MILL
THE BUSKIN FAMILY
THE TATAGIAS FAMILY
AZRA KHAN

With the assistance of: The National Film Board of Canada (PAFFPS)

All Rights Reserved © 1985 Oneira Pictures International