Sunday, April 01, 2007

"The Birth of Smoked Meat"

37th Canadian Student Film Festival Winner

Third-year Cinema students Jeanne Pope and ZoĆ© Mapp received one of the night’s two main prizes, the Kodak Imaging Award – which includes an all-expenses paid trip to the 2007 Cannes Film Festival – for their film about Montreal’s legendary deli, The Main.

“A gorgeous, black & white look inside The Main, inspired by the late great Stanley Lewis.”

“When they announced the winner, I nearly fell on the floor,” said Pope, who juggles filmmaking with being a single mother and a massage therapist.
The Birth of Smoked Meat was the result of teamwork, she emphasized, and would not have happened without cinematographer Glauco Bermudez.

Pope’s first film, Where’s Stanley? documented the life of the late Montreal sculptor Stanley Lewis. She also credits him as the inspiration behind Smoked Meat and an upcoming film about L. Berson and Sons, the headstone carvers of St. Lawrence Blvd. His atelier had been in the same building.

The 19 minutes movie is scheduled for distribution on the students’ website later this year.