Pierre Juneau’s Legacy
I just read an enlightening and well-written blog post by Jim Henshaw remembering former CBC president and NFB Executive, Pierre Juneau, who passed away last week. If you don’t know who he was, read the The Legion of Decency post and/or view this video.
No one could disagree today that Canada has more than her share of talent in every medium. Our excellence and presence globally in music, film, TV, art and literature are one of my many sources of Canadian pride. As noted in the blog many things have changed over the years, perhaps not all for the best. But once the infrastructure and the reputation for talent and quality are in place, opportunities continue to exist for future generations within a particular industry. You can’t go back, not all the way back, anyway.
In the music industry in particular, Canadian women fill the celestial ranks. Think Buffy Sainte-Marie, Anne Murray, Joni MItchell, Sylvia Tyson, Celine Dion, Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, k.d. lang, Chantal Kreviazuk, Diana Krall, etc. Not to single anyone out or leave anyone out, but it’s a VERY long list. It begs the question: What opportunities might exist for smart and talented Canadian women in film and television if the same sort of championing of our homegrown talent existed today as it did under Juneau’s watch. Might we too one day be the go-to girls for exceptional talent in our respective creative fields, respected and beloved, not only on our own turf but around the world?
As we approach International Women’s Day on March 8, along with the launch of the 2012 Vancouver Women in Film Festival, let’s keep in mind that we have what it takes and celebrate both those who are actively creating Canadian content, sometimes against incredible odds, and also those who fight for us in the back rooms and boardrooms of industry and government. Join us from March 8th through 11th for screenings of new and award winning work and support Female Canadian Filmmakers. Tell your friends. Bring the family. Spread the word.