2012 Update!

2012 was a big year for Parabola Films, so busy in fact that we haven’t done a proper update in ages! so here we go…

Our 2011 collaborative documentary film St Henri, the 26th of August played at film festivals all over the world, and has had an extended life on Air Canada flights, on Netflix, and continues to reach audiences at community screenings and in classrooms. The next screening is with a community in Trois Rivières on February 13th. Our very first Parabola production, this documentary not only brought together over 100 people in Montreal’s film community to make it happen but it also paid homage to the wonderful tradition of documentary in Quebec.

As 2011 wound down, Parabola Films and award-winning filmmaker Laura Bari began production on Laura’s new film, Ariel shot in Mendoza, Argentina. This poetic docu-experimental is an odyssey that Laura has been filming over many years and that will finally be released to audiences in 2013. Part verité, part fiction, and 100% Laura Bari, ‘Ariel’ is a coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada, with Beso Films and the Documentary Channel. We look forward to sharing this beautiful film with you!

In the final months of 2011, Parabola also began gearing up for the follow-up to “St Henri, the 26th of August” : another collaborative neighbourhood documentary, shot by local filmmakers on one day. But this time, in Johannesburg South Africa, where longtime collaborator Shannon Walsh had discovered a wealth of stories and local voices to tell them.

Jeppe on a Friday was shot all on one day in March, 2012. In true indie doc style, the film was willed into existence by many friends and collaborators who supported a successful Indiegogo campaign (our first experiment in crowdfunding!). Working with our friend and co-producer Elias Ribeiro at Uruco Media, with the added support of the Gauteng Film Commission, Visions Sud Est, the NFB’s FAP program, Post Moderne and Technicolor, this international production was shot and edited in Johannesburg and came home to us in Montreal for the final stages of Post Production.

The resulting feature documentary premiered at the RIDM festival in Montreal in November 2012, will play at the Big Sky Documentary Festival and at the Rendezvous du Cinéma Québecois in February 2013. Directed by Shannon Walsh and Arya Lalloo, Jeppe is on the Guardian’s list of the top 10 African films to watch out for in 2013 . Stay tuned for more Jeppe festival news!

Also in 2012, Parabola’s new film with Pablo Alvarez Mesa geared into full swing with numerous development shoots to Colombia. Pablo’s feature documentary looking at youth in Colombia’s bullfighting circuit will be released in 2014. Still in its early stages, the footage is already absolutely riveting, and we can promise big things to come on this production.

As always, Parabola continues to stand by our belief that it is possible to produce top-quality, auteur documentary films with a unique and highly creative approach to storytelling. Our goal: to continue to bring you one beautiful documentary film every year.

Bon Cinéma!


BIG NEWS! St-Henri, the 26th of August, is now on Netflix Canada! For everyone who hasn’t seen the film yet, you can now watch it online, anytime. Bon cinéma!

Help us fund JEPPE ON A FRIDAY!

Parabola Films needs your help!

did you love st-Henri? Please help raise money for JEPPE ON A FRIDAY, Part II of the Collaborative Neighbourhood Doc Project – local filmmakers, one day shoot, one hood! Read all about it here!

Jeppe on a Friday from Parabola Films on Vimeo.

À St-Henri le 26 août in Durham NC!

St-Henri is having its US premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. Associate Producer of the film, Selin Murat, will be there for the Q&A!

À St-Henri, le 26 août out on DVD!

Stream or download the entire film from the National Film Board of Canada’s web site


Bon cinéma!

“when the trumpet sounds” / “Cuano Suena el Clarin” at Latin Side of the Doc

Director Pablo Alvarez Mesa of “Cuando Suena El Clarin” and our co-producer in developing this latest project, Daniel Rodriguez, are flying off to Buenos Aires, Argentina to pitch the film at Latin Side of the Doc, a 4 day networking, rendez-vous and pitch event between Latin America and Europe.

Follow these links to get more information on the project, access the one sheet and Latin Side of the Doc.

To meet with Pablo and Daniel during Latin Side, contact info@parabolafilms.ca

* UPDATE *  Variety reports that Pablo’s film is one of the most buzzed-about docs at the festival! Read complete article here

‘Ariel’ selected for IDFA Forum

watch the Ariel trailer.

Parabola Films’ next feature documentary, ‘Ariel‘ by filmmaker Laura Bari has been selected for the Central Pitch at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

The film is one of just twenty projects chosen from around the world, and is the only Canadian team in the Central Pitch.

Producer Sarah Spring and Director Laura Bari will be at IDFA from Saturday, November 25 until Thursday, November 24. To schedule a meeting please email sarah [at] parabolafilms [dot] ca

Bonne chance Sarah et Laura!

July 2011 – Update / Mis à Jour

(English version below)

Chers amis et collaborateurs de St-Henri,

C’est finalement l’été, la canicule s’est installée et nous avons beaucoup de bonnes nouvelles à partager avec vous!

Après une première mondiale fantastique au festival international du film Hot Docs au mois de mai, et 5 semaines de salles combles au cinéma parallèle, À St-Henri le 26 août s’en va en Afrique du Sud, au festival international du film de Durban DIFF 2011 pour 2 projections situées dans le nouveau quartier de résidence de la réalisatrice Shannon Walsh.

Le 28 août, Canal D démarre la rentrée de la programmation documentaire avec À St-Henri le 26 août. Le film sera en ondes à 19h le dimanche 28 août puis de nouveau le vendredi 2 septembre à 22h.

En prime, voici des projections gratuites dans vos communautés cet automne:


Le 26 août au parc Vinet à St-Henri, le film sera projeté dans le cadre de la série du Cinéma sous les étoiles. Voir ici pour les horaires (coucher du soleil).


Le 25 septembre à 13h30, maison de la culture Marie-Uguay (6052 boulevard Monk, 514-872-2044)

Le 29 septembre à 20h, Auditorium Le Prévost (7355 avenue Christophe Colomb, 514-872-6131)


Le 5 octobre à 19h30, au centre culturel de Verdun (5955 rue Bannantyne, 514-765-7150)

Le 30 octobre, 14h, maison de la culture Rosemont-Petite Patrie (6707 avenue de Lorimier, 514-872-1730)

De multiples projections auront lieu partout dans le pays cet automne, visitez asthenrile26aout.ca et notre page facebook pour les détails.

Encore des bonnes nouvelles: Cet automne, AirCanada a choisi de présenter le film dans tous ses vols. St-Henri s’envolera donc partout au Canada et vers l’international.

Nous avons prévu de lancer le DVD du film au mois de novembre, et vous tiendrons au courant de toutes les nouvelles sur St-Henri!;


Nous espérons que vous passez un superbe été!

Sarah, Selin, Shannon et Denis

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Dear St-Henri friends and collaborators,

Summer is upon us, and we have plenty of St-Henri news to share with you!

After a fantastic premiere at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in May, and a successful five-week run at Cinéma Parallèle, the film is heading to the Durban International Film Festival DIFF 2011 in South Africa next week for two screenings in Director Shannon’s Walsh’s new neighbourhood.

On August 28th, Canal D is kicking off their Fall documentary programming with À St-Henri, le 26 août. The film shows at 7pm on Sunday, August 28th and again on Friday, September 2nd at 10pm.

There are a lot of free community screenings this Fall as well:


On August 26th, in Parc Vinet in St-Henri the Cinéma Sous les Étoiles open-air screening series is presenting the film. Check out their site for exact screening times (sunset)


September 25th at 1:30, Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay (6052 boulevard Monk, 514-872-2044)

September 29th at 8 pm, l’Auditorium Le Prevost (7355 avenue Christophe Colomb, 514-872-6131)


October 5th at 7:30 pm, at the Centre Culturel de Verdun (5955 rue Bannantyne, 514-765-7150)

October 30th at 2 pm, Maison de la Culture Rosemont-Petite Patrie (6707 avenue de Lorimier, 514-872-1730)

Public screenings will take place across the country this Fall, keep posted to àsthenrile26août.ca and the facebook site for details

Some more great news: this Fall, Air Canada will be playing the film on its flights, so the film’s reach will continue to grow across Canada and Internationally.

The DVD is projected to be released in November, and we’ll keep you posted on all other St-Henri related news!


Hope you are having a wonderful summer,

Sarah, Selin, Shannon and Denis

Encore une! And another for À St-Henri, le 26 août!

Du 10 au 16 Juin, À St-Henri le 26 août continue au cinéma parallèle à 18h.

June 10 to 16, St-Henri the 26th of August continues to play at Cinéma Parallèle at 6pm daily.

À St-Henri continue au cinéma parallèle!

Suite à encore une semaine bondée au cinéma parallèle sur St-Laurent, y compris 2 séances ajoutées le weekend dernier, À St-Henri le 26 août sera encore à l’affiche  à 15h et 19h jusqu’au 9 juin!

Pour les amateurs de cinéma, le film qui nous a inspiré,  Saint-Henri le 5 septembre, joue du 3 au 5 Juin à 14h.

After another amazing and sold-out week at cinéma parallèle, we’re back for another week, 3pm and 7pm till June 9th. For documentary lovers, our inspiration, Saint-Henri le 5 septembre, plays June 3rd to 5th at 2pm. Double bill!

Thank you all so much for the support. Merci merci à tous pour votre soutien!