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The Islands of Lake Memphremagog:

A  Natural and Human History

A documentary film by Louise Abbott

Running Time: 35 minutes

now available in DVD ($20) and Blu-ray ($25) formats


Minnow and Skinner Islands (Photo: Louise Abbott)



Face to Face

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Louise Abbott wanted to contribute to Studio Georgeville's  portrait show,  Face to Face, so she arranged to photograph a delightful seven year old. She paired the portrait with a set of photo booth pictures of herself at seven. She included a text based on her interview with the youngster and her memories of her own childhood.

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Niels Jensen, meanwhile, presented a portrait of him and Louise reflected in a globe in a garden in New Hampshire.

Face to Face was on view at Studio Georgeville, 20 carré Copp in Georgeville, Quebec, in April of 2016. Both photos went to new homes!

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Books and Films produced by Rural Route Communications

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  $52.50 The Heart of the Farm: A History of Barns and Fences in the Eastern Townships of Quebec

  30 $ Le coeur de la ferme : L'histoire des granges et clôtures des Cantons de l'Est du Québec

  $52.50 Eeyou Istchee: Land of the Cree / Terre des Cris

 $20 DVD Giving Shelter: Historic Barns of the Eastern Townships (52 minutes)

  $20 DVD Crisscrossing Space and Time: A History of Farm Fencing (55 minutes)

  $20 DVD Historic Georgeville: Walks and Talks with John Boynton (35 minutes) (Available in both NTSC and PAL formats)

  $15 DVD Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story (29 minutes)

  $20 Blu-ray Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story (29 minutes)

 $20 DVD Saving the Founder's Home (31 minutes)

 $25 Blu-ray Saving the Founder's Home (31 minutes)

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$50 Memphrémagog: An Illustrated History / Une histoire illustrée

This book has sold out, but it may be reprinted. Please contact Georgeville Press representative Hélène Hamel: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to include your name on a reserve list.


Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story

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Nunaaluk: A  Forgotten Story was screened at 4 p.m. on  January 22, 2016, at the INDIANER INUIT: DAS NORDAMERIKA FILM FESTIVAL in Stuttgart, Germany.

Montreal journalist Amy German  wrote a cover story about  the film, which was  directed by Louise Abbott and produced by COTA (Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association), in the July 25, 2014 edition of  the Nation:

Nunaaluk was selected for the Wakefield International Film Festival (WIFF).  It was screened in Wakefield, Quebec, on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

It  was also screened on March 8, 2014, at the  Wilderness Paddlers' Gathering, Hulbert Outdoor Center, Fairlee, Vermont; on April 1, 2014, at the Ciné-Club  (CIDI Radio Station) in Knowlton; and on April 12, 2014, at the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead.

Listen to a CBC Radio interview with Louise Abbott about the film.

Nunaaluk was selected for the Global Visions Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. It was screened on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Alberta.

It was also shown on May 14, 2014, at the Osher Lecture Series (University of Vermont) in Newport.

 It was selected for the First Peoples' Festival Présence Autochtone, 24th edition. It was screened on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. (18h30), at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal.

It was selected for the Jasper Short Film Festival, where it was screened on September 27, 2014. Louise Abbott won the "Best Film by an Established Filmmaker" award.

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It was  selected for the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco, where it  was screened on November 3, 2014, at noon at the AMC Metreon 16 Theatre, 135 4th St.  It was shortlisted for Best Documentary Short.

It was also selected for the Polar Film Festival in New York City, where it was screened at the Explorers Club on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story was screened on Thursday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Salle Alec et Gérard Pelletier in Sutton, Quebec. It was shown in Toronto at the Wilderness Canoe Symposium on February 20, 2015. 

The documentary runs 29 minutes and is in English and Inuktitut with English and French subtitles.

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Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story resurrects the story of a group of resourceful, independent Inuit who lived on Cape Hope Island (Nunaaluk, they called it--the big island) and got along well with their Cree neighbours in southeastern James Bay. They were forced to abandon their beloved island home when the government relocated them north to Kuujjuarapik (Great Whale River) in 1960. The film features Mini Aodla Freeman; George Kudlu; the late Arctic photographer Fred Bruemmer; and Elizabeth Mark Maiczan.


What Rural Route Communications Has Been Up To!

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Rural Route Communications team members Louise Abbott and Niels Jensen have kept particularly busy over the past few months. In mid-March of 2015,  they  travelled to Fairlee, Vermont, where they screened Louise's short documentary about the history of canoeing on Lake Memphremagog,  Beautiful Waters, during the Wilderness Paddlers Gathering at the Hurlbert Outdoor Center . The video is now available for viewing on YouTube:



For three days in mid-June of 2015, Niels served as the official photographer for an automobile-related event called The Art of Transformation at the Davis-Kell Farm in Ogden, Quebec.


On June 26, 2015, Louise and Niels attended the opening of an exhibition at the historical round barn in Mansonville, Quebec, that featured some of Louise's photos and an excerpt from her documentary Giving Shelter: Historic Barns of the Eastern Townships. Friends and project collaborators John and Dianne Rhicard joined them at the exhibition and for supper afterwards.

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On Saturday, July 4, 2015, Louise and her sister, Toronto author Elizabeth Abbott, participated in an authors' event at Brome Lake Books in Knowlton, Quebec, during the Arts Alive Quebec festival initiated by ELAN (English-Language Arts Network).

On August 12, 2015, Louise and Niels led a tour of four barns in the vicinity of Georgeville, Quebec, for the Georgeville Historical Society. Louise sported a t-shirt with the message Vernacular is Spectacular: Save Our Barns! on it kindly given to her by National Barn Alliance board member Bob Sherman of Illinois.

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On August 15, 2015, Louise's new half-hour documentary, Saving the Founder's Home, was screened at the inauguration of the Paul Holland Knowlton house in Knowlton, Quebec.

Louise is now working on volume two of her landscape history of the Memphremagog region and on an audio-visual presentation titled The Islands of Lake Memphremagog: A Natural and Human History for an event on November 28, 2015, hosted by Georgeville Nature Ski and Studio Georgeville in Georgeville, Quebec.

Niels, meanwhile, continues to work on a photo essay for clients outside of Georgeville who want a record of their beautiful garden in all four seasons.

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