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Magnus, Isacsson, Director

A radio and television producer for the English and French-language networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and for Swedish Broadcasting from 1972 to 1986, Magnus Isacsson directed 15 feature and mid-length documentaries after becoming an independent filmmaker in 1989. Power (1996), which told the five-year story of the Cree Indians defeating a giant dam project, received best documentary award at the Paris International Environmental Film Festival (1997) and Grand Prize of the Lausanne Festival (1999). The Choir Boys (1999) about Montreal’s choir of homeless men, received a Golden Conch at the Mumbai International Festival, Pressure Point (1999), the Quebec Film Critics Award for Best Documentary in 2000. Isacsson’s 2009 film Art in Action won the Gémeaux for best portrait or biography and his last film, My Real Life (2012), has already garnered a few prizes, including Best National Film at Montreal’s International Documentary Festival.

Active as a teacher, advisor and mentor, Isacsson was also a founding member of several Quebec and pan-Canadian filmmakers’ organizations. He received the Prix Lumière from the Quebec directors’ association in 2004. From 2009 to 2012, he wrote a blog entitled Documentary Field Notes and Flashpoints. Born in Sweden, Isacsson immigrated to Canada in 1970. He studied political science at the University of Stockholm and the University of Montreal where he graduated with honours in 1973. He also studied history and cinema at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal.

Magnus sadly passed away in August of 2012.  His wife, producer Jocelyne Clarke, cinematographer Martin Duckworth and associate producer Tobi Elliott, are committed to bringing this unfinished work to the screen.