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The Mountains of Potton

The latest film from Rural Route Communications features eight mountains in Potton  in both aerial and ground views.

The Mountains of Potton (English)

https://vimeo.com/713502804/3227f743f2

Les Montagnes de Potton (Sous-titres en français)

https://vimeo.com/713496424/142436d71a

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The McGowan Legacy

The McGowan Legacy is a 37-minute documentary by Louise Abbott that traces the colourful history of a one-time fishing lodge on Lake Memphremagog from its opening in 1886 to its demolition in 2020 and replacement by a new building in 2021. It features cello music performed and composed by Erich Kory.

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The film was screened at the Auberge McGowan in Georgeville on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, 2022. It will likely be screened again publicly in the summer of 2022 in Georgeville. The Georgeville Historical Society will later make it available online.

 

A Portrait of the Artist

Louise Abbott's Portrait of an Artist documentary series  includes three biographical films about artists in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  She would like to express appreciation to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for their generous funding.

Niels Jensen, Cabinetmaker was televised on WNED PBS (Buffalo-Toronto) in February 2022. It's available for streaming on the PBS website or on Vimeo.

 https://video.wned.org/show/niels-jensen-cabinetmaker/

Niels Jensen, Cabinetmaker (29:48 minutes)  

https://vimeo.com/369960145

Niels Jensen, ébéniste (29:48 minutes.)

https://vimeo.com/484241510


Carla Straessle, Jeweller (14:02 minutes.)

https://vimeo.com/380631227

Carla Straessle, bijoutière (14:02 minutes.)

https://vimeo.com/482119953


CRUX: The Transformation of AnneBruce Falconer was an official selection of the Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal, which took place in March 2022. 

CRUX: The Transformation of AnneBruce Falconer (25:04 minutes)

https://vimeo.com/531567917/85e874eaa1

CRUX: La métamorphose d'AnneBruce Falconer (25:04 minutes)

https://vimeo.com/577383950/3be83af507

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Sur la terre / Out on the Land

A Bilingual Documentary Film Series

Directed and photographed by Louise Abbott with aerial footage by Niels Jensen and post-production assistance from Vito DeFilippo.

After the novel coronavirus health crisis struck Quebec in 2020, I didn't want to simply wait it out at home. As a documentary filmmaker, I strive to bear witness to the world around me.  Serendipitously, I received a notice from the Stantead Historical Society archives, requesting members to "document events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in the Stanstead area ... [and] educate future generatinos on how the population of our region weathered this exceptional ordeal."

 I took up the challenge but extended the geographical boundaries. I investigated the pandemic's impact on Townshippers who toil out on the land to ensure our food supply. I filmed a series of family farmers  (beef, dairy, sheep) and producers (maple syrup, organic vegetables), exploring the normality and abnormality of their lives during this unprecedented time. When I became aware that more and more Townshippers were raising food at home, I added a particularly committed and knowledgeable home gardener to the project.

The Stanstead Historical Society presented  the Out on the Land film series in an exhibition of the same name at the Colby-Curtis Museum (June 4 to September 19, 2021). The documentaries are now available online. I hope that viewers will gain insight into the lives, hearts, and minds of  Townships farmers and growers who are coping with more challenges than ever. 

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My thanks to the municipality of Ogden, the MRC Memphremagog, and the Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications for the funding they provided to help me finish the films.

Louise Abbott


To read an article about The Sugarmakers, please visit page 15 of the Westmount Independent: 

https://www.westmountindependent.com/WIv16.3c.pdf 

The Sugarmakers was televised on WNED PBS (Buffalo-Toronto) in February 2022. It is available for streaming on the PBS website or on Vimeo.

https://video.wned.org/video/the-sugarmakers-r9blcs/

https://vimeo.com/558179670/de7c5f7a62


The other films in the Out on the Land series can be seen on Vimeo.

Nancy Wing, Farmer: https://vimeo.com/602538448/69fd35fdf7

The Ecological Gardener: https://vimeo.com/500682270/254f8d69b2

Maple Drive Farm: https://vimeo.com/511829169/61aba655c6

Jardin du Quartier: https://vimeo.com/602538448/69fd35fdf7

Sheep and Syrup: https://vimeo.com/602538448/69fd35fdf7

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When the pandemic forced cancellation of the Ayer's Cliff Fair in 2020, the fair board hosted an innovative drive-in. It included the presentation of a documentary that Louise Abbott directed about this much-loved event. Louise, her crew members (Vito DeFilippo, Niels Jensen, and Tanya Rhodes), and translator Mélanie Grondin were all delighted to work on the project. We hope you enjoy the documentary, which was televised on WNED PBS (Buffalo-Toronto) in February 2022 and is available for streaming on the PBS website or on Vimeo:

https://video.wned.org/video/ayers-cliff-fair-then-and-now-eovs6z/ (27: 46 minutes)

https://vimeo.com/456791156 (This is a longer version. It runs 41:36 minutes.)


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