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| 10 min

This animated film by Martine Chartrand (Black Soul) recounts the friendship between a young Félix Leclerc and Frank Randolph Macpherson, a Jamaican chemical engineer and university graduate who worked for a pulp and paper company. An inveterate jazz fan, Macpherson inspired Leclerc, who wrote a song about the log drives and entitled it “MacPherson” in honour of his friend. Paint-on-glass animation shot with a 35mm camera.

  • direction
    Martine Chartrand
  • research
    Martine Chartrand
  • script
    Martine Chartrand
  • animation
    Martine Chartrand
  • camera 35mm
    Martine Chartrand
  • editing
    Natacha Dufaux
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • original music
    Jean-François Dumas
    Luzio Altobelli
    Dominic Desrochers
  • pianist
    Erik Shoup
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Mathieu Leroux
  • foley
    Jérôme Décarie
    Daniel Bisson
    Bertrand Duranleau
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • support technician for 35mm camera
    Pierre Landry
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
    Susan Gourley
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
    Michèle Labelle
  • technical coordinator
    Julie Laperrière
  • line producer
    Francine Langdeau
  • executive producer
    Michèle Bélanger
    René Chénier
  • producer
    Marcel Jean
    Marc Bertrand


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Ages 14 to 18

English Language Arts - Quebec Literature
History - The Depression Era
Media Education - Film and Video Production
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

MacPherson is a study in two cultures coming together to create something entirely new. Ask students to consider the symbolic use of black and white (i.e., boxing match, chess set) in the film, as well as that of the recurring image of flowers. What is the significance of the final letter from Félix? What do we learn about his relationship with Frank, his feelings about music and the emotional challenges that come with friendship?

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