about

not about us without us: documentary foot travel over documentary tourism

Founded in 2010 by Sarah Spring and Selin Murat, Parabola Films produces highly curated author-driven documentaries for festivals, theatrical, and broadcast. Parabola Films has positioned itself as a production company that works with directors with a distinct visual and narrative approach and its filmmakers push the boundaries of documentary storytelling in compelling and creative ways. Parabola’s films are consistently programmed at prestigious national and international film festivals and produced in partnership with celebrated institutions such as the National Film Board of Canada, the Sundance Institute, and broadcasters around the world. Parabola participates in all major documentary markets and has pitched at France’s Sunny Side of the Doc, Argentina’s Latin Side of the Doc, and China’s Asian Side of the Doc; Sheffield Doc/Fest; New York’s IFP Film Week; Istanbul’s Meetings Under the Bridge, the Bogota AudioVisual Market, the Hot Docs Forum, the IDFA Forum, and Cannes. 

Parabola’s newest producer is Marie-Michèle Cyr, who has been working closely with the team during an intensive mentorship throughout 2020. Marie-Michèle is now developing her own projects out of Parabola and will be taking the reigns as lead producer in 2021. Congratulations Marie-Michèle!

Marie-Michèle a étudié la production cinématographique à l’École de cinéma Mel Hoppeheim de l’Université Concordia. Depuis, elle a acquis de l’expérience en tant que réalisatrice, productrice, monteuse et directrice de la photographie sur des projets indépendants. Son premier court métrage Blush a été projeté entre autres à Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ + International Film Festival et à Image + Nation. En tant qu’artiste visuelle, elle a principalement travaillé avec la projection et la scénographie sous le nom Boycott (2015-2017) qui l’a amenée à se produire en tant que VJ à l’échelle nationale. Curieuse et autodidacte, elle s’intéresse avant tout aux manières de penser le cinéma politiquement et poétiquement. Cofondatrice de Earthbound Wrestling, un incontournable de l’underground montréalais, elle a cofondé Earthbound Futures, une organisation à but non lucratif visant « l’empowerment » de jeunes queer.