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Michael Chen honoured with Lindalee Tracey Award
TORONTO, May 6, 2016 – The 10th annual Lindalee Tracey Award was presented this evening to B.C. filmmaker Michael Chen, at the Hot Docs Film Festival Award Ceremony in Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre. The award was presented by Liam Tracey-Raymont, son of the late Lindalee Tracey and her husband Peter Raymont.
Michael Chen’s short drama “Lost” impressed the jury with its stunning cinematography and deeply emotional storytelling, revealing the world of a child struggling with a dysfunctional home life. Chen says he made “Lost” because he “wanted to tell a story that was real, yet hopeful” and “to capture that while not everything will be just or fair or even happy, there will always be a chance for a better tomorrow.”
This sentiment of hope and optimism reminded the judges of how Lindalee lived her life.
The other award finalists were Vicki Lean, who spent three years producing and directing the documentary feature “After the Last River”, on the northern Ontario native reserve, Attawapiskat, and Connor Gaston who made the powerful feature-length drama “The Devout”, which has been honoured with several film festival awards.
This year’s finalists highlight different aspects of the Lindalee Tracey’s spirit. She lived and worked with a joie de vivre, a passionate point of view and a sense of social justice.
The winner of The Lindalee Tracey Award receives a hand-blown glass sculpture designed by Andrew Kuntz, $5,000 in cash, and $5,000 in post-production services from Technicolor Canada.
The Lindalee Tracey Award jury is made up of experienced filmmakers and writers who worked closely with Lindalee: Mark O’Neill, Janet Torge, Linda Rosenbaum, Lindalee’s husband, Peter Raymont, and their son Liam Tracey-Raymont. This year’s jury also included last year’s award recipient, Yosef Baraki.
Lindalee Tracey was an award-winning filmmaker, author, entertainer and a beloved wife and mother. She was passionate about bringing issues of social justice into her work and championed people who are often ignored, underestimated or marginalized. Equally, she celebrated those who rise above disadvantage. Lindalee passed away on October 19, 2006, at age 49, after a five-year struggle with breast cancer.
The award celebrates Lindalee’s memory by supporting emerging filmmakers.
Donations can be made to the Lindalee Tracey Fund www.lindaleetraceyaward.com.
About White Pine Pictures
White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features; A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. White Pine is also the producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes) created for the CBC and sold worldwide including France, Germany, and the USA. www.whitepinepictures.com
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