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New Doc Profiles Seed Pioneer Patrice Fortier

Photo: Le Semeur

In her new documentary Le Semeur (The Sower), filmmaker Julie Perron embeds herself in Kamouraska to chronicle unusual seed pioneer, plant biodiversity champion and visual artist Patrice Fortier, whose supporters include some of the most notable chefs and restaurants in the province.

Film critic Brendan Kelly gives the film a rave in The Gazette today:

Perron — who made the acclaimed documentary Mai en décembre, about iconoclastic French auteur Jean-Luc Godard's visit to Abitibi in 1968 — spent four years following Fortier around with her camera, shooting 100 hours of footage for her documentary. The result is a fascinating look at the passionate work of a man dedicated to biodiversity in the agricultural world and the artistic possibilities of sowing the land. The film works because while Fortier may be offbeat, he's also a charismatic character who's impossible to dislike.

· Review of Le Semeur [Gazette]
· Le Semeur [Official Page]
· Patrice Fortier: La Société des Plantes [Official Site]
· All Video Interludes [-EMTL-]