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Directed by Martine Chartrand
Canada, 2012 (animation, 11 minutes, colour, English / French)
Image: © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"In Quebec during the early 1930s, young poet Félix Leclerc befriended Frank Randolph Macpherson, a Jamaican chemical engineer and university graduate who worked for a pulp and paper company. An inveterate jazz fan, Macpherson inspired Leclerc, who wrote a song about the log drives and entitled it 'MacPherson' in honour of his friend. In the heart of a wintry nation, a white man and a Black man bask in the warmth of a friendship buoyed by melodies of jazz, traditional Quebec folk tunes, Jamaican mento and a Schubert sonata. The magical hands of Martine Chartrand, director of Black Soul, have created an animated film that bursts with a pulsating hybrid of poetry and music, employing painted glass frames shot with a 35mm camera. Somewhere between documentary and fiction, MacPherson, based on Leclerc's famous song, depicts turning points in history and, with great sensitivity and lavish imagery, evokes the deep feelings shared by the Jamaican engineer and one of Leclerc's sisters. A film brimming with exuberant, colourful images."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Martine Chartrand
Produced by: Marcel Jean, Marc Bertrand, Francine Langdeau, Michèle Bélanger, René Chénier
Animation: Martine Chartrand
Film Editing: Natacha Dufaux
Music: Jean-François Dumas, Luzio Altobelli, Dominic Desrochers
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada

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