«Fort McMoney, Vote Jim Rogers»

Fort McMoney, long feature version

TV Version 52 minutes

By David Dufresne, 1 February 2015 | 10999 Visits

March 2014. Sixth or seventh shoot, I don’t even remember. Jim Rogers said that we could come by and see him again whenever we wanted. He had some work to do on the house; some drain that was clogged again because of the new freeway being built, or something like that.

We arrived without much notice – and Jim opened the door to us. He then opened his arms, and finally, his world. He used to be a trapper, and watched his little town of Fort McMurray become what it is today: a modern version of the gold rush, and as murky and dark as oil.

In town, Jim is the last one to hold out. He is the only one who was born here – this much he knows. Yet everyone, or nearly everyone regards him as a pleasant nutcase. Sure, Jim Rogers is rough around the edges, which is what makes him so fascinating and rich in character. Jim is an ingenious jester – and he laughs likes one too!

We stayed with him for three days. The idea was to go back into town, to the scene of the crime (and the setting of the game) to tell the utopic story of direct democracy we tried to set up with the web experience.

We shot for three days and we’re going to try what we didn’t do during our earlier trips: something like an immersive voyage, armed with a camera and one mission on our minds. Something that says something else about Fort McMurray besides what Fort McMurray has already shown: A permanent round trip between the film and the game, the dollars and those forgotten, and the virtual world and reality.

Premieres:

  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montréal)
  • Festival International des Productions Audiovisuels (Biarritz, France)
  • Festival International du Film d’Environnement (Paris)

Official Selections

  • Festival International du Grand Reportage d’Actualité (Le Touquet, France), section Autrement Vu.

Broadcasters

  • CBC Doc Channel (jan, 29th 2015)
  • Arte (Spring 2015)
  • Radio Canada (2015)

Fort McMoney : vote Rogers mayor A film by David Dufresne 52 minutes

Shot in the first person, we meet Jim Rogers in the film, a trapper, a town native, and an unsuccessful candidate in the last municipal election watching his tiny town, Fort McMurray turn into what it is today: a modern version of the gold rush, and as murky and dark as oil.

The film is much more than the linear version of the web experience. “Fort McMoney: Vote for Jim Rogers” is actually its sequel, its mirror and a reflection of democracy in ruins. It’s also a film that seeks to combine both medias… once and for all.

A TOXA / ONF production in association with ARTE France.

Director of photography Philippe Brault

Photographer and cinematographer, member of Agence VU’, he co-directed with David Dufresne the web-documentary Prison Valley for which they won many prizes, of which the World Press Photo multimedia contest.

Editor

Alain Loiselle

Music

Ramachandra Borcar

Portfolio

  • Alain Loiselle
    Alain Loiselle
    Le monteur, dans son antre. Le monteur, qui rassemble la folie et lui donne du sens.
  • Mc Laren. Dans les couloirs de l'ONF, Montréal.
    Mc Laren. Dans les couloirs de l’ONF, Montréal.
  • Pause café. ONF, Montréal.
    Pause café. ONF, Montréal.
  • Salle de Montage. ONF, Montréal.
    Salle de Montage. ONF, Montréal.
  • Ultimes retouches au scénario. La cafétaria de l'ONF.
    Ultimes retouches au scénario. La cafétaria de l’ONF.
  • Dans les couloirs de l'ONF, Montréal.
    Dans les couloirs de l’ONF, Montréal.
  • Le bâtiment de l'ONF, Montréal.
    Le bâtiment de l’ONF, Montréal.
  • L'ONF, entrée. Montréal, QC.
    L’ONF, entrée. Montréal, QC.
  • Rip Manifesto. Dans les couloirs de l'ONF, Montréal.
    Rip Manifesto. Dans les couloirs de l’ONF, Montréal.
  • L'affiche du jeu Fort Mcmoney, dans les couloirs de l'ONF
    L’affiche du jeu Fort Mcmoney, dans les couloirs de l’ONF
  • Philippe Brault
  • Jim Rogers dans «Fort McMoney»
    Jim Rogers dans «Fort McMoney»
    Philippe Brault
  • Jim Rogers dans «Fort McMoney»
    Jim Rogers dans «Fort McMoney»
    Philippe Brault
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