Jeanne Pope

Biography

Katryn's Place - adapted from short story - The Dog
2002 - 85 mins - Canada

After the death of her perfect husband Katryn discovers his hidden life through the random escapes of his dog.

 

 

An avid traveler, I left England at 16 and hitch-hiked my way around the world. I published various short stories inspired by these world travels, helped by my father Marius, one which was adapted to film in Canada. -The Dog - starring Pascale Monpetit. This began my love affair with film and editing. I arrived in Montreal in 2000 with my daughter, Alyosha.
 

A graduate of Montreal's Concordia University cinema program, I created the award-winning  Stanley Lewis Documentary Collection, on the life of my dear friend, the Montreal sculptor, Stanley Lewis.

Where's Stanley? : Special Mention. LA Shorts. Birth of the Smoked Meat : Winning the Kodak Imaging Award for best direction with ZOE MAPP. It screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Up & Down the City Road : Stop motion animation.

Dust: A Sculptor's JourneyMy first full-length feature. It premiered  at HOTDOCS, Toronto, in 2011, and international festivals. It screens regularly around Montreal for those lovers of Lewis, and I am proud to help keep Stan's legacy alive.


My second full-length Canadian feature, Chez Lise, is co-directed with hometown buddy, James Galwey 2013. It follows two lovers, Deanna and Gordon who suffer from severe mental illness. It won first prize in Liège ImagéSanté, film festival for mental health

Since 2015, I have lived in China, teaching documentary film production at the Beijing Film Academy, Qingdao Campus. I LOVE it.

 

My latest feature documentary helped by my students: The Sea Hut - 海边的小屋 , a Chinese production has just won three  awards in China and was a finalist as the London Lift Off Sessions.

 

  So proud. So very proud.

 


 

FILMOGRAPHY

Where's Stanley - Part 1
2005 -Short 7mns - Canada

We begin the Stanley Lewis Collection with Lewis, the Montreal sculptor, bastion of the Main Boulevard and marginality.

 

We follow him to his favorite eating houses, then to his studio where we  glimpse his intimate and chaotic world of creation.

Special Mention: LA Shorts

Birth of the Smoked Meat - Part 2
Jeanne Pope & Zoe Mapp
2006 - Short 20mns  - Canada

We follow the process of making smoked meat and the characters that have been creating this Jewish delicacy with love for many years. The Main Deli Steakhouse represents one of the few remaining businesses on the Boulevard St. Laurent, the central artery of Montreal. Starring the enigmatic owner, Peter Varvaro, and his old-time friend, the legendary Montreal sculptor Stanley Lewis, we catch a glimpse of their world, which has remained relatively unchanged over the last 40 years. 

"A gorgeous black-and-white look inside Montreal's Main Deli."
FILM POP 2006

Up & Down the City Road - Part 3
Jeanne Pope & Wang Ying
2008 - Short - 10mns - Canada

Up & Down the City Road is a tribute to the Boulevard St.Laurent of old, an ode, a street poem to Stanley Lewis and to friendship, and to his beloved changed street, the Main.

 

"An animated documentary assembled in a rough-hewn manner, it's formally odd but sentimentally evocative." MALCOLM FRASER Mirror 2008

Dust a Sculptor's Journey - Part 4
2011 - Feature 55mns - Canada

This film is an intimate artist profile and first-person ode. It explores the life and work of Montreal's late great sculptor and print-maker Stanley Lewis for his contribution to Canada’s rich art heritage and also portrays his love for his beloved Boulevard St. Laurent, affectionately known as the Main. This cinéma-vérité documentary chronicles the last years of Stanley's eccentric life as he struggles with his health and creative legacy. His nostalgic boulevard, his cluttered dusty studio and his vagabond friends all serve as a backdrop for the perseverance of his artistic vision and the cultural landmarks fading around him.

This is a personal journal and homage to my friend Stanley.

Born in Iran
Jeanne Pope & Banafcheh Hejazi
2011 - Short 19mns - Canada

Leila and Sara go on a road trip from Montreal to visit Leila's grandmother in New Jersey for her birthday. At the US border, Tom, an American agent, puts the girls through a ridiculous interrogation because their Canadian passports state they were born in Iran.

Chez Lise
Jeanne Pope & James Galwey
2013 - Feature 85mns - Canada

Deanna and Gordon are lovers with severe mental health problems. They go to live at Chez Lise, a home for people on low incomes in Montreal. Between love and chaos, they try to make their couple work, but time ticks against them ...

The Seahut 海边的小屋
2019 - Feature - 85 mns - China

This is an story of loss and love, identity, memory and forgiveness. A story of uprooted people. Using Super 8, family found footage,   war archives, re-enactment, experimentation, and highly saturated images, we move back and forwards between my mother’s past to where she was born in Shanghai, then moved to Europe; and to the present, a small fishing village in China where a sea hut is the metaphor for that veil between two worlds and two times. Europe- China, past and present. On film circuit currently.

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CCAVA

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

CHINA ACADEMIA 2019

 

 

Cannes

Shorts

2007

Cannes

Shorts

2007

BEST DIRECTOR
BEST DIRECTOR

Kodak Award for Best Director with Zoe Mapp Birth of the Smoked Meat

Kodak Award for Best Director with Zoe Mapp Birth of the Smoked Meat

Ist Prize

2014

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Chez Lise -  Mental Health Section of Festival Image Sante, Liege, Belgium, 2014

LA

SHORTS

2005

SPECIAL MENTION

Where's Stanley, Official Selection

Hey! 

 

DON'T WAIT

GRAB A CAMERA

WRITE THE STORY

FIND THE IDEA

GET THE PASSION

and walk on down the road...

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BEIJING

ACADEMY

AWARDS

BEST

INNOVATION

2019

 

 

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BEIJING

ACADEMY

AWARDS

BEST SOUND

DESIGN

2019

 

 

 

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