Janeann Dill · From fps #3 · July 1, 2005
| To speak with Marcy Page about her role as producer at the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada is to hear a voice full of exuberance and enthusiasm on its behalf. The story goes that in 1987, Page was completing her film Paradisia
in San Francisco when she fell in love. Careful not to leave her heart behind, Page set out to pursue another kind of paradise in Canada with her new love.
The essential Page: a selected filmography
The End of the World in Four Seasons (1995)
The Legend of the Flying Canoe (1996)
How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels (1996)
My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts (1999)
Life, in its mystifying twists and turns, had plans for Page that she had not imagined while waiting in Canada for her landed-immigrant status to arrive in the mail. When a producing position became available at the NFB, veteran animator John Weldon strongly urged her to apply. Obviously she did, and here she is, eighteen years later, in a paradise that joins the globe of her former life in California to her present life in Montreal by receiving an Academy Award for the NFB as a producer for Ryan
, alongside her colleagues Chris Landreth, Steve Hoban and Mark Smith. While she is still glowing from the continuing success of this film, do not be deceived into thinking that Page is resting comfortably on her laurels. Here is a woman whose vision for animation production at the NFB is widely diversified in style, subject matter, and programming.
Imagine, if you will, that alongside the unending demands on Page's agenda for the day, the production schedule has been cleared enough so that the moment has arrived to select a new project to produce. A variety of ways exist for a project to come to her attention and its selection is a complex process.
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