The Water of Life film series is the result of a four-year collaboration between award-winning Montreal visual artist and filmmaker G. Scott MacLeod, internationally celebrated storyteller and writer Mike Burns and the National Film Board of Canada.
Marrying MacLeod’s painterly animations with Burns’ spellbinding storytelling, the four short animated films in The Water of Life film series tell dramatic early immigrant stories from three of Canada’s largest cultural communities as well as 2013 the heartbreaking tale of one of Canada’s indigenous peoples.
A dramatic retelling of the history of the Abenaki First Nation, its early experiences with colonialism and its continuing struggle for survival.
2014 won best animation at the 24th edition of the Land InSights Festival
Interactive multimedia performance and education package designed to celebrate and promote a deeper awareness of First Nations and Canadian art, culture and history.
A vivid look at a once thriving Montreal community through the lens of a working class French-Canadian family.Order
Artists have often captured the beautiful and sublime, nature or a park, but how often do artists draw on Montreal’s early industrial history for their inspiration? G. Scott MacLeod has seized upon a vanishing history, of the Lachine Canal, a historic artery of Canada’s industrial history rapidly changing into a residential and recreational place.Order
Meeting with the Goddesses is a chapter title I have taken from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, as this body of work deals with several themes centred around the sacred feminine, mythology, the archetypal mind, temples and funerary objects. The first is the theme of the mystery of life, and as part of that mystery, the search for meaning embodied by the notion of goddesses—a single or multiple “source of all things.”Order