August 11, 2009

For immediate distribution


Il était deux fois un jardin [Twice Upon a Garden]
Avant-première of the Documentary Film by Philippe Baylaucq about the Reford Gardens

Press Release
For immediate release

Grand-Mtis, August 11, 2009. The gardens of Elsie Reford will be transformed into an outdoor cinema on Friday August 14th at 8 pm for the avant-premire of the new documentary film by Philippe Baylaucq entitled, Il tait deux fois un jardin / Twice Upon a Garden. The film captured the beauty of all seasons of the Gardens visited by tens of thousands of people every summer.

Il tait deux fois un jardin [Twice Upon a Garden] takes us inside these world class gardens first cultivated in the 1920s by Elsie Reford and now nourished by the vision of her great grandson Alexander Reford. Filming started in June 2007 and completed in April 2009 attracted 100 hours of images of lush vegetation. The film covered the gardens in every climactic condition, including a fierce winter blizzard, torrential rains, quiet summer evenings and the last sunshine of the autumn. The film provides an intimate portrait of the gardens and its artisans, beginning with Elsie Reford in the 1920s and including the many visiting designers who take part in the festival and other creators like chef Normand Laprise of Toqu! Restaurant who have contributed to making the gardens one of the leading venues for contemporary design in the world.

The 52 minutes documentary film, directed by Philippe Baylaucq, is produce by Garry Beitel and Barry Lazar of Beitel/Lazar Productions and distribute by reFrame Films Distribution. The film is based on an original idea by cowriter Donna Nebenzahl. The film crew was composed of Marc Gadoury DOP and sound recordist, Andr Boisvert, Dominique Sicotte, editor, Robert Marcel Lepage, musical adaptation of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. Kelly Ricard is the voice of Elsie Reford. The documentary film will be available in 2010 in French version with English subtitles and in English version with French subtitles Twice Upon a Garden.

The director
Philippe Baylaucq
is an award-winning film-maker who has made a variety of documentaries, dramas and experimental works for film, TV and video. He studied fine arts and cinema at the prestigious Hornsey College and Saint Martins School of Arts in London, England. His works have won numerous awards in Canada and abroad: Lodela (1996) garnered 11 international distinctions and Mystre B. (1998) won a prize at FIFA. His documentaries Les couleurs du sang (2000) and Sables mouvants (Moving Sands, 2003) were selected at several festivals, while the musical tale Hugo et le dragon (Hugo and the Dragon, 2001) toured the world. In 2007, he was director and coordinator of the feature film Un cri au bonheur (Happiness Bound), created by a filmmaker collective. The year 2008 saw him directing a scientific documentary, La dynamique du cerveau, and launching at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montral Le magicien de Kaboul (A Dream for Kabul), a documentary feature shot in New York, Tokyo and Kabul. Deeply involved in the filmmaking industry, he received the 2001 Lumires prize for his work advancing the status of his profession during his chairmanship of ARRQ (Association des ralisateurs et ralisatrices du Qubec) from 1996 to 2000. Since 2005 he has chaired the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montral. He is one of two filmakers recently chosen to be National Film Board cinastes en rsidence (filmmakers-in-residence).

The producers and distributor
The film is produce by Garry Beitel and Barry Lazar of Beitel/Lazar Productions. Many times Award winning they are the authors of social documentaries on contemporary topics fascinating. Garry Beitel is a Montral based documentary filmmaker. His in-depth explorations of individuals and communities in transition have been broadcast on Canadian television for over 20 years. Produced in both English and French, his probing, intimate portraits have won both national and international awards. Barry Lazar has worked as a journalist and documentary producer for more than 30 years. He started with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he worked in both radio and television. He also worked on productions for the National Film Board of Canada, Spectra-Amerimage, CFCF-TV and TVO. The film will be distribute by reFrame Films ( who features all of the two dozen documentary films made over the years, including the films from Beitel-Lazar Productions.

The co-writer
Donna Nebenzahl writes a weekly column on workplace issues and contributes feature stories to The Gazette. She has also been editor of such departments as The Review, Living and Special Sections. Her first book, Womankind (2003), is featuring 45 activist women around the world with photographs by Nance Ackerman.

Il tait deux fois un jardin [Twice Upon a Garden] will be broadcast on Tl-Qubec and ARTV in 2010. The DVD will be on sale at the Reford Gardens and a tour of various film festivals are also planned.

Outdoor Avant-premire at Reford Gardens
Friday, August 14th 2009 at 8 pm
Or at the Cascade Golf and Tennis Club - 7 McNider Road in Mtis-sur-Mer in the event of rain.
Free Admission. Limited number of places.
It is mandatory to make a reservation at 418 775-2222, poste 221.

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Alexander Reford
Director, Reford Gardens
418 775-2222, ext. 222

reFrame Films Distribution
2218, Old Orchard, Montral (Qubec) H4A 3A8
514 487-4562



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