Documentary duo Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier of Mercury Films have collaborated on some of the most commercially successful and visually stunning documentaries in Canadian history, including Watermark and Manufactured Landscapes (selected by TIFF as one of 150 Definitive Works in the Canada on Screen programme). This conversation will explore their expansive body of work, including the upcoming films Man Machine Poem, documenting The Tragically Hip’s historic final tour, and Anthropocene, the third collaboration with renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky.
This session was designed for an industry professional audience.
Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montreal, where she studied philosophy and theology at McGill University. Her films include Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (98), and the Festival selections Manufactured Landscapes (06) and Watermark (13), the latter of which was co-directed with Edward Burtynsky. Long Time Running (17) is her latest film.
Nicholas de Pencier was born in Toronto. He is the producer of the documentaries Manufactured Landscapes (06) and Watermark (13), the cinematographer for Al Purdy Was Here (15), and the director of the feature Black Code (16), all of which screened at the Festival. Long Time Running (17) is his latest film.
Sean Farnel is an independent writer, producer, and marketing consultant. He has established himself as a leading curator of documentary media over a 15-year career at the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs, and has collaborated with directors and producers while developing and executing market launch plans.