ARTCIRQ

Directed by Susan Gray & Linda Matchen
Executive Producer- Bestor Cram
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200 miles north of the Arctic Circle a group of Canadian Inuit created a circus. Led by a performer from Montreal named Guillaume Saladin, and incorporating juggling, clowning, acrobatics and Inuit traditions, this group of young men and women have transformed their own lives, threatened by a society struggling with drug abuse, depression and suicide.

Produced in association with Norwegian and Canadian filmmakers, the film follows the amazing story of Artcirq, from its inception on the arctic tundra, to its performance at the 2010 Olympic games, and its journey around the world.

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Susan Gray Director/Producer is an award-winning producer/director/writer for Northern Light Productions in Boston. She has produced for public television and cable in the United States and abroad, working on projects that have aired on PBS, National Geographic Channel, Channel 4 England, Discovery Channel, Arte, and more. Selected credits include Killer Poet: The Double Life of Norman Porter (2008), the double life of an escaped convict; Citizen Berlusconi (2003) on Italy’s Prime Minister and the media; and Leonardo, The Man Behind the Shroud (2001). She has won the Prix Europa, Best of Input, and nominated for the Adolf Grimme Award.

Linda Matchan Co-Director was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and is a multi-media reporter for the Boston Globe newspaper. She has been an award-winning reporter for the Globe and a freelance reporter for BBC World, PBS Frontline and the Christian Science Monitor. She was recently awarded a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to report on the crisis among Inuit youth in Arctic Canada. Her first documentary, The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans, appeared on PBS.

Bestor Cram Executive Producer/Cinematographer is the founder of Northern Light Productions, a Boston based production company founded 25 years ago which has produced and directed scores of films, including documentaries relating to contemporary society, science, art and history. Bestor’s credits include: Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, After Innocence and Unfinished Symphony: Democracy and Dissent.

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