The most prominent producer of Quebec youth cinematography, Rock Demers, passed away last night at the age of 87.
The man behind Productions La Fête has produced many films that have marked the imaginations of several children such as The war of the tuques, Bach and Bottine and The frog and the whale.
Rock Demers has crossed the decades in the world of cinema. In 1963, he was one of the co-founders of the Cinémathèque québécoise, created under the name Connaissance du cinema.
He also directed the Montreal International Film Festival from 1962 to 1967.
In 1965, Rock Demers first created the Faroun Films company, where he remained until 1978.
“I lived a very poor childhood, but very happy and I think that the more we give young people the opportunity to laugh, the better we prepare them to face the difficulties later”, he confided in an interview. to Novelist in 2014.
It is this desire to make young people laugh, to offer them moments of happiness that led him to devote his career to youth cinema. In the same interview, he also confided that it was while reading an article on the suicide rate among young people aged 12 to 17 that, upset, he had the idea of creating Tales for All.
“I was at an age where I knew life was tough, but worth living. I wondered what I could do for some young people who would be reflecting on this subject, so that they realized that it was worth continuing. “
He founded the production company La Fête and launched the ambitious project of producing a series of films for children. It was the birth of Contes pour tous, whose first feature film, The war of the tuques, enjoyed spectacular success and marked the imagination of children of the 1980s. Pinotte butter operation, Bach and Bottine (with a young Mahée Paiement), The frog and the whale and Raiders of the Lost Stamp, which will delight all young moviegoers.
Over the decades, the Tales for All series will grow to reach twenty films.
In 2015, Rock Demers passed the torch. He decides to sell La Fête Productions to filmmaker Dominic James.
The producer has seen his prolific career rewarded with several honors. He was thus made an Officer of the Order of Canada and Chevalier des Arts et des lettres de France. He also won the François Truffaut Prize at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.
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