“Little Burgundy on the Big Screen”
The Standing on Their Shoulders project is dedicated to passing on Little Burgundy’s history through storytelling. Little Burgundy has a deep tradition of film-making that has come before our project. These older films, documentaries, and animations have provided invaluable, insight, and food for thought and spirit. With much difficulty, we have selected three masterpieces, and we invite you to come out and enjoy them with friends old and new, all the while supporting the community’s heritage;
1) Âme Noire–directed by Martine Chartrand. An animated short dives into the heart of Black culture with an exhilarating trip through history. Watch as a young boy traces his roots through the stories his grandmother shares with him about the events that shaped their cultural heritage. -NFB
2) Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar—directed by Sylvia Sweeney. The legacy of jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson is chronicled in this riveting documentary spanning five decades of Peterson’s unforgettable music. Considered to have been one of the world’s greatest jazz pianists, Peterson released more than 200 recordings and won eight Grammy Awards. Music In the Key of Oscar traces the history of Peterson’s roots from his early days as Montreal’s teenage boogie-woogie sensation through his meteoric rise to international celebrity. -NFB
3) Sitting In Limbo—directed by John N. Smith, starring Pat Dillon Moore, Fabian Gibbs and William R. Cunningham. Set to the reggae music of Jimmy Cliff, this feature drama is the bittersweet love story of Pat and Fabian, 2 teenagers with roots in the Caribbean living in Montreal. Full of warmth and humour, this film follows the couple and their friends as they cope with school, jobs, slum landlords and an unexpected pregnancy. -NFB
This event will be held at 540 Richmond St., Montreal, QC, H3J 1V3 from 4:00 p.m to 9 p.m. on November 11, 2015.