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The Film

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About the documentary

Once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves. And their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was 19th century's version of the Black Plague. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks.

Today, under the city, they still flow, out of sight and out of mind… until now. That’s because urban dwellers are on a quest to reconnect with this denigrated natural world. Lost Rivers takes us on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracing the history of these lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers. We search for the disappeared Petite rivière St-Pierre in Montreal, the Garrison Creek in Toronto, the River Tyburn in London, the Saw Mill River in New York, and the Bova-Celato River in Bresica, Italy. Could we see these rivers again? To find the answer, we meet visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.

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Press

by Martin Dunphy, Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
by National Geographic (Prague)
by Festival international du film d'environnment (Paris)
by Martin Nawrath, Blog.Respekt.Cz (Prague)
by Festival international du film d'environnment (Paris)
by Kristal Cooper, Toronto Film Scene (Toronto)
by Angelo Murreda, Torontoist (Toronto)
by Eric Rumble, Alternatives Journal (Canada)
by Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network (USA)
by Mathias Marchal, Journal Métro (Montreal)
by Geoff Manugh, BLDGBLOG (USA)
by Henry Grabar, Atlantic Cities (USA)
by Niklas Engstrøm, AOK Guide (Copenhagen)
by Daniel Pratt, Exclaim! (Toronto)
by Frédérique Doyon, Le Devoir (Montreal)
by Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine (Toronto)

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Critic’s pick - NOW Magazine
“eye-opening” – Toronto Sun
“fascinating” – Toronto Star

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Creative Team

Producer – Katarina Soukup

KATARINA SOUKUP is an independent producer who brings with her ten years as documentary and multimedia producer with the internationally acclaimed filmmakers behind the Canadian cinema classic Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (Camera d'or Cannes 2001). While at Isuma, she produced and co-wrote the documentary Kiviaq versus Canada (2006) with renowned filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk. Soukup founded Catbird Productions in 2006, producing the documentaries Umiaq Skin Boat (Hot Docs 2008) and Where The Children Dwell (2009) by award-winning director Jobie Weetaluktuk, and Tusarnituuq! Nagano In The Land Of The Inuit (2009) by Felix Lajeunesse, which aired on Radio-Canada, ARTV, APTN, and SVT-Sweden. She is currently producing the interactive documentary Burgundy Jazz for Radio-Canada, and the feature documentary Last Days of Vaudeville for Super Channel.

Writer/Director – Caroline Bâcle

Writer/researcher and director Caroline Bâcle has directed two short fiction films and over twenty episodes of television documentary and youth series. She is currently developing her second feature script with the support of SODEC and Telefilm Canada. She holds a BA (with distinction) in Communication Studies from Concordia University and recently completed the prestigious Masters program in Screenwriting and Producing at the University of Westminister Film School in London. Lost Rivers is her first feature documentary.

Editor – Howard Goldberg

“Moulding story with music, rhythm, colour, emotion and time -- how can anyone not love editing?” HOWARD GOLDBERG has worked on over 40 feature length documentaries including: How William Shatner Changed the World, 2006 (Gemini Award, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Series), Undying Love, 2004 (Gemini Award, Best History Documentary) as editor. We co-wrote and edited The Cola Conquest, 2000 (Gemini Award, Best Writing in a Documentary Series) and directed the documentaries Being Dorothy, 2004 (nominated for IDA Best Documentary Feature) and S&M: Short and Male (Hot Docs 2008). Prior to Lost Rivers, Howard edited SmokeTraders (Hot Docs 2012), I Am Not a Rock Star and co-wrote and edited The G Spot: A Story of Pleasure and Promise. He is based in Montreal planning more docs and always looking for a good edit.

Director of Photography - Alexandre Domingue

As director of photography, ALEXANDRE DOMINGUE has travelled to over 40 countries to work on both fiction and documentary films. He has collaborated extensively with Igloolik Isuma Productions, the Inuit production team behind Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (Caméra d’or, Cannes 2001). He collaborated as cameraman on Isuma’s feature film Before Tomorrow (Best First Canadian Feature – 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2008), and was most recently director of photography on Catbird documentaries Tusarnituuq! Nagano in the Land of the Inuit (2009) and Lost Rivers (2012). Domingue is also founder/owner of Post-moderne, a Montreal-based post-production house.

Animator – Eva Cvjanovic

EVA CVIJANOVIC is a freelance animator living in Montreal. She has produced and directed two independent animated shorts, built sets for puppets and marionettes, worked on short films, documentaries, music videos and multi-media projects. She was part of the 2011 edition of NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship program and is currently exploring the magic of computation arts at Concordia University. Eva is committed to spreading the animation bug, one frame at a time.

Composer – John Wilson

JOHN WILSON is a Montreal based composer born in Fresno, California. He began his professional career signed to Rick Rubin’s Def American Records as a member of the band Supreme Love Gods, later becoming a band member of Jack Dangers' pioneering electronic band, Meat Beat Manifesto. Wilson studied composition with maverick composer James Tenney while obtaining his graduate degree in Music Composition/New Media at the California Institute of the Arts. During this time, John created original compositions for an impressive list of blockbuster theatrical trailers including Ice Age, Gosford Park, Spy Kids 3D, along with composing on many feature films. His sound design and compositional work has also appeared in sound installations and non-text experimental theatre across the U.S. and in Montreal. His love of sound has led his career in many directions exploring its diversity and its emotional impact on culture and the environment.