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Meet Vito DeFilippo

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Freelance videographer and video editor Vito DeFilippo is a highly valued member of the Rural Route Communications production team. Since 2008 he has worked with us on numerous video shoots. He has also completed the online edit and sound mix of nearly twenty video documentaries that Rural Route Communications has produced:

 Quebec Roots (Blue Metropolis Foundation, 2008)

 The Best Practices Tour (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association, 2009)

 The Settlement of Wemindji (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

 Wemindji (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

From Bark to Basket (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

 Bannock on a Stick (Cree Nation of Wemindji, 2009)

 Albanel-Témiscamie-Otish Park: Preserving the Land and the Cree Way of Life (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 A Park for All Seasons (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 Fishing with the Crees of Mistissini (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 Mistissini Tourism (Cree Nation of Mistissini, 2009)

 Giving Shelter: Historic Barns of the Eastern Townships (Rural Route Communications, 2009)

 Crisscrossing Space and Time: A History of Farm Fencing (Rural Route Communications, 2009)

 A Journey to Remember (Neeposh Family, 2010)

Block and Tackle: Traditional Timber-Frame Raising (Hamlet Heavy Timberwork, 2010)

Historic Georgeville: Walks and Talks with John Boynton (Rural Route Communications, 2010)

Rawhide to Leather (Rural Route Communications, 2011)

A New Lilfe for an Old Bridge (Hamlet Heavy Timberwork, 2011)

Once Upon a Time (Blue Metropolis Foundation, 2012)

Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association, 2014)

 Learn more about Vito.


Studio Georgeville

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  Take a virtual tour of Studio Georgeville!

 In 2008 Louise and Niels helped to establish an art gallery and cultural centre in a heritage building in Georgeville on the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog. It is an artist-run space called Studio Georgeville. There are seven members in the Coopérative des Artistes de Georgeville that host art exhibitions, literary events, film screenings, and other cultural programs year-round. This photo by Louise shows Studio Georgeville during an event called Art and the Automobile in 2008.



Sculpture by Niels Jensen

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In addition to his work as photographer and co-producer with Rural Route Communications, Niels Jensen is a cabinetmaker. In the summer of 2010, he received a commission that was a departure from the fine furniture that he usually makes: he was called upon to sculpt an Inukshuk. He installed it over Labour Day weekend in his clients' garden outside of Georgeville.



Writing Workshops

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Louise Abbott offers writing workshops for elementary and secondary school students through the Writers at School program and for CEGEP students through the Writers in CEGEPs program. In March of 2010, for example, she worked with students at Champlain College and at the Bromptonville Secondary School. To find out about the content of her workshops, see  Writers at School and Writers in CEGEPs.

In the fall of 2010, Louise gave a workshop for the Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) titled "The Art of the Profile: Defining Character in Non-Fiction."

Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (October 5 to November 23)
 "He is tall, and has the wholesome good looks of the nice one in a boy band, with wide-set eyes, a trace of freckles, and dark spiky hair that, even by day, sometimes bears a dusting of the glittery makeup that he wears to certain performances."

Rebecca Mead on composer Nico Muhly, The New Yorker

The profile is a popular genre of non-fiction that can be as original and perceptive as the writer who pens it. It is most often interpreted as a biographical sketch—"a concise rendering of a life through anecdote, incident, interview, and description," as an anthology of New Yorker profiles explains. But the life portrayed need not be individual. It need not be human, either. A writer can produce a profile of a community, for example, or of a racehorse. What every profile has in common, however, is that it defines the character of the subject.

"The Art of the Profile" is a workshop designed for those who are motivated by an intense curiosity and a desire to produce fresh modes of expression in profile writing. Participants will gain an understanding of the elements of a profile and learn how to research and craft profiles of varying lengths. There will be in-class writing exercises, as well as handouts to be read between sessions.

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