The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru
A POV documentary exploring the life and work of James Beveridge, an idealist who never let go of his dreams. As a co-founder of the National Film Board of Canada, Beveridge was a disciple of John Grierson - making films with a political purpose to provoke social change. He was an inspirational mentor to many, but often ignored and abandoned his family. His daughter Nina retraces the steps of his complex career, wondering if it was worth the collateral damage.
"Last month, I was captivated and moved by the honesty of film maker Nina Beveridge in The Idealist, a documentary on the life and work of her father, James, one of the great Canadian names in the history of documentary film." Ben Viccari, June 1, 2006, "Life Without a Father" Canscene - www.canscene.ripple.ca
"...in The Idealist... his daughter Nina Beveridge puts a compelling new spin on his story. What emerges is the painful, haunting story of the price his wife and children paid for his globetrotting, saving-the-world career." Martin Knelman, May 17, 2006 Toronto Star - www.thestar.com
"This is a courageous and scary film. It has a profound sense of paradox. There's a clarity to it which is valuable for filmmakers and others who spend a lot of time away from home... It's a very intense experience for me because I felt much the same as your father." Colin Low NFB Producer, Director & Film Innovator
"Great nourishment for serious film scholars and, of course, aspiring filmmakers." Bob Verral NFB Producer/Executive Producer/Animator