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In Their Own Voice: Stories and Songs from St. Paul's River

Thanks to a dear friend, Louise Abbott has reconnected with the Lower North Shore,  a remote region of Quebec that is close to her heart. In July 2022, she and Niels Jensen travelled to the village of St. Paul's River, an hour west of Blanc-Sablon, and spent nearly one month shooting stills and video footage for the Whiteley Museum. Louise then produced a multimedia project for the museum titled  In Their Own Voice: Stories and Songs from St. Paul's River.  It includes short films, texts, photos, illustrations, maps, and audio recordings. 

In Their Own Voice: Stories and Songs from St. Paul's River

Rural Route Communications would like to thank Garland Nadeau, our guide extraordinaire: Eileen Schofield and Pierce Nadeau, who provided us with production assistance and fresh seafood; Vito De Filippo, who worked so steadfastly and creatively throughout the post-production phase; Donna Sinclair and her MIA team members, who brought the project to life online; and the funders that made it all possible: MRC du Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent, Desjardins Caisse Populaire Blanc-Sablon, and Coasters Association.

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Memories of the Vale

Memories of the Vale  is a short film that features Sandra Jewett and the Jewett General Store in Vale Perkins, Quebec.  Louise Abbott produced it as a companion to the anthology In the Vale  (Studio Georgeville press, 2022) co-edited by Elizabeth Paulette-Coughlin and Ruth Patterson.

Memories of the Vale:


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The Mountains of Potton

We'd like to share the latest film from Rural Route Communications. It's a short documentary that features eight mountains in Potton  in both aerial and ground views.

The Mountains of Potton (English)

Les Montagnes de Potton (Sous-titres en français)

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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 is now available online. 

The McGowan Legacy (English)

The McGowan Legacy (sous-titré en français)


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.

Niels Jensen, Cabinetmaker (29:48 minutes)

Niels Jensen, ébéniste (29:48 minutes.)

Carla Straessle, Jeweller (14:02 minutes.)

Carla Straessle, bijoutière (14:02 minutes.)

CRUX: The Transformation of AnneBruce Falconer was an official selection of the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal, which took place in March 2022. It will be available online through Regards Hybrides starting in February 2023.

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