Screening and Workshop with ISABELLE RAYNAULD
Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker

SAW Video presents accomplished Montreal-based director, filmmaker, and writer Isabelle Raynauld, winner of the 2002 Jutra Award for Best Documentary and two-time recipient of the Prix Gémeaux.

Mystical Brain (2007)

Friday, February 12, 2010
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St, 7pm
Free admission
The screening will be followed by a
Q&A session with the filmmaker

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Scriptwriting: Documentary and Drama

Saturday, February 13, 2010
SAW Video, 67 Nicholas St, 11am-5pm
Members: $40
Non-members: $50

For scriptwriters, producers, and analysts reasonably comfortable working in French.

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Limited space – Register today!
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Since 1990 Isabelle Raynauld has devised, scripted, or directed many film and TV productions. In 1990 the filmmaker worked on the research and screenplay for Clip-Globe, a five-episode documentary miniseries for Radio-Québec's Nord-Sud. Raynauld wrote the script for L'hiver apprivoisé as part of the weekly program Comment ça va? at Radio-Canada, which won a Prix Gémeaux. She worked on the script of the fiction-feature Emporte-moi directed by Léa Pool, which was awarded the Best Screenplay Award at the Chicago Film Festival and an Ecumenical Jury Prize at Berlin, 1999. In 2002, she won the Jutra for Best Documentary for Le Minot d'Or, which she conceived, wrote and directed.

As well as being an experienced documentary filmmaker and accomplished screenwriter, Isabelle Raynauld has been teaching film studies since 1989: first at Concordia University, then at Université de Montréal, where she is a tenured professor in the Art History and Film Studies department. She trains emerging filmmakers and her courses, lectures, workshops and articles teach and enhance the skills of film artisans, especially in screenwriting. Raynauld holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Paris VII University.

Mystical Brain (2007) addresses the question: Is it possible to shed light on the states of grace experienced by mystics and those who meditate? Raynauld shows us the most recent discoveries of scientific research on this phenomenon. Carmelite nuns and Buddhist monks agreed to be part of the experiment. "I am certain that the Buddhist nature is somewhere in the brain," declares the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. The film shows us the exploratory work of a team from the Université de Montréal. It seems that mystical ecstasy is a profoundly transformative experience and could contribute to people's psychic and bodily health, treat depression and speed up the healing process in patients who combine meditation with conventional medicine. Mystical Brain was produced by the National Film Board. In French with English subtitles.

Workshops presented by Isabelle Raynauld

Writing for the Documentary
This workshop focusses on the writing and analysis of documentary projects. It aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the written form of a documentary project. The workshop will allow you to take an active role in discussions, the formulation of questions and analysis of texts. This half-day of work is targetted equally to those working in the medium of documentaries (e.g., researchers, scriptwriters, producers) as to analysts of the medium.

Writing for dramatic shorts
This workshop focusses on the writing and analysis of short films. It aims to present writing strategies for dramatic shorts. Together, we will cover structure, characters, and points of vue. The workshop will allow you to take an active role in discussions, the formulation of questions and analysis of texts. This half-day of work is targetted equally to scriptwriters and producers.

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