Paul Quarrington is an award winning, well respected and much loved author, filmmaker, musician and teacher. Though a very public figure in the field of Canadian arts, and an artist who made himself easily accessible to fans, he was also a complex person. So much so that few in his public or private sphere say they really knew him. With the sudden diagnosis of terminal illness, he is compelled to address this in the best way he knows how – he chooses to make art – to squeeze the juice from life and pour his passion into making this film, into re-writing his about-to-be-published memoir to include his “new thematic material,” and into writing songs, lots of songs, all made more poignant for the absolute deadline at hand.
Through this film, Paul gives us a rare and insightful glimpse into the inner workings of an artist in the act of creating. As he writes, records and performs, you see the heart and soul of a man able to express in music deeply personal issues. We witness the artist, and the man, reach for a resolution to the question that we will all face when our time comes, “what would you do?”
On screen conversations with some of the most important people in Quarrington’s life amplify the inspiring message, including longtime friend and bandmate Martin Worthy, Roddy Doyle, Dave Bidini, Wayson Choy, brothers Joel Quarrington and Tony Quarrington, daughters Carson and Flannery and their mother Dorothy Bennie. Comments by Nick Jennings and Martin Levin provide context and threaded throughout are live performances by Paul, his band Porkbelly Futures, Dan Hill, Joe Hall, Roberto Occhipinti and many more musical guests.
PAUL QUARRINGTON: LIFE IN MUSIC
A Feature Documentary Film
Produced by Judith Keenan, BookShorts Inc.
Director Bert Kish
Narrated by Colin Linden
CTV BRAVO! TV First Broadcast Dates 2010
Saturday, May 29 at 7pm EDT and Sunday, May 30 at 6pm EDT
Also Broadcast on CBC Documentary bold
DVD Now Available – Includes Bonus Videos including Rheostatics performance of Claire; interviews with Margaret Atwood, Nino Ricci and Roddy Doyle; Music Video Hey, Hollywood by Bert Kish and more.
Nominated: Director’s Guild of Canada – Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary 2011- Director Bert Kish
Won: Gold Remi, Biography Feature, WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
National Screening Tour September – July to November 2010 - Festival Screenings:
Leacock Summer Festival, Orillia ON
Writers at Woody Point NL
Haliburton Forest Festival ON
Kingston Writers Festival ON
Thin Air: Winnipeg Writers Festival MB
DocFest Film Stratford ON
WordFest: Banff-Calgary Intl Writers Festival AB
Vancouver International Writers Festival BC
St. John’s Intl Women’s Film Festival NL
BookFest Windsor ON
NXNE Film Fest Toronto ON
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