Arthur Lamothe inspired a new generation of social documentarists in Québec. In over 40 years working in film, he has directed, produced, written and edited countless documentaries and several fiction works. Born in France he came to Canada in 1953, working in various jobs before joining the NFB in 1962.
At the NFB he worked with key members of the direct cinema movement, including Fernand Dansereau and Bernard Gosselin. While at the NFB Lamothe established his vision of cinema as a tool for social commentary and activism.
Lamothe left the NFB in 1965 and started his own production company, Société générale cinématographique. In 1970, he co-founded Les ateliers audiovisuels du Québec, where he proceeded to make most of his films. In 1980, he received the Prix Albert-Tessier, and in 1996, he received the Chevalier des arts et des lettres from France and was made a member of the Order of Canada.
- Québec Masters – Sat Oct 15 | 2 to 4 PM