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Filmed over several years, the film captures the daily activities of Joel Giberovitch, the owner and artistic director of UPSTAIRS, a small jazz club in downtown Montreal, and tries to uncover the secrets of how much hard work and passion it takes to attract some of the biggest names in jazz and put on a live concert every night of the year for the last 25 years. The film features appearances by The Heath Brothers, Jimmy Cobb, Ranee Lee, Sheila Jordan, Peter Bernstein, Ben Sidran, Mark Guiliana, Jim Doxas, Nir Felder, Tim Lefebvre, Fred Hersch, and Guillaume Martineau.

Director Biography

Guylaine Dionne has directed several short and feature films that have won numerous awards. Les Fantômes des trois Madeleines was her first feature film. The world premiere took place at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. This film has had a prestigious international career, competing in festivals in Portugal, Korea, Belgium, France, Italy and Canada. In 2009, she directed Waitresses Wanted (Serveuses demandées), a feature-length fiction film that received an international theatrical release.

In June 2018, the Cinémathèque québécoise premiered the documentary Contemporary Women Filmmakers : The State of Things (Les réalisatrices contemporain: l'état des choses) as part of its summer program named Femmes, Femmes, devoted to the history of women directors in cinema. This 164-minute film is the result of eight years of research and work. Co-directed with Rosanna Maule, it fits perfectly in the context of the current climate, questioning the situation of women in all aspects of filmmaking. This film has been selected and presented at the SWIFF (Seoul International Film Festival).

Guylaine Dionne is a full-time professor at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec.
Guylaine Dionne
Guylaine Dionne
Guylaine Dionne
81 Minutes
Montreal, Canada
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