Lying somewhere between documentary and experimental, Tess Girard’s internationally recognized filmmaking explores subject matter from a philosophical perspective, challenging audiences to engage in the work on a highly personal level. Her films have screened at festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Vancouver International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. Titles include Canada The Good? (Hot Docs 2017), As The Crow Flies (NFB, Documentary Channel), The Road to Webequie (TIFF 2016, CSA Nomination), Old Growth (TIFF 2012, Canada’s Top Ten 2012), A Simple Rhythm (Hot Docs 2012, VIFF 2011, BAFICI 2012) and Benediction (TIFF 2005, Best Production at the Montreal World Film Festival 2005, Best Cinematography WSFF 2006). Recently Girard was cinematographer on Adrienne Amato’s Mbira Talks which shot in rural Zimbabwe.
Girard has collaborated with artists across several disciplines, including filmmaker Peter Mettler (The End of Time, Gambling, Gods and LSD), Andrea Nann of Dreamwalker Dance, musician Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene, and the Art of Time Ensemble. She has also directed a number of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes, created the radio documentary The Heart of the Beat for CBC Ideas, and created a live visual performance interpreting Sibelius’ Lemmenkainen Suite with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.