Spontaneity and perseverance are intertwined in the inexhaustible art of Pierre Hébert, who has been exploring the limits of animated film for over 50 years. Arriving at the NFB in 1962, he was mentored by the great Norman McLaren. The avant-garde Hébert would push the boundaries of drawn-on-film animation, and with his anti-militarist film Memories of War (1982) he started performing alongside musicians in "live cinema" events, scratching directly onto projected film loops. These happenings inspired further film projects like La lettre d'amour (1988) and La plante humaine (1996), a masterful feature that traces his long creative path. Eternally innovative, Hébert appears around the world, collaborating in numerous projects, including Lieux et monuments.
This interview is part of Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts.