Joyce Borenstein

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Joyce Borenstein
Born
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
EducationB.A., M.F.A.
Alma materMcGill University, California Institute of the Arts
Occupation(s)Animator, Director, Writer

Joyce Borenstein is a Canadian film director, animator and writer. Borenstein worked in the independent animation field in the 1970s before joining the National Film Board of Canada in the 1980s,[1] culminating in the short animated documentary The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein (1992) about her father, painter Sam Borenstein, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary at the 65th Academy Awards.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Joyce Borenstein was born in Montreal, Quebec. She is the daughter of Sam and Judith Borenstein. She received a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance at McGill University in 1971, and later received a Masters in Film Animation at the California Institute of the Arts in 1974.[3][4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Borenstein's career began with her debut Tricycle in 1970. She began free-lancing at the National Film Board of Canada in 1976 when she created Traveller's Palm, a visualization of the poem by P.K. Page, done in bas-relief clay animation. In 1980, Borenstein became a member of the publication board of the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) in Canada, a newsletter focusing mainly on the activity of Canadian members of the association.[7] Borenstein's work has been showcased by Quickdraw Animation Studios[8] and at the Genie Awards, the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, and the Festival of Films on Art in Lausanne, Switzerland.[3] She is the company officer of Illumination Animation Inc., an animation company based in Montreal and active since 1994[9] that has produced several of her films including Mother's Colours (2011), One Divided by Two: Kids and Divorce (1997) and Lida Moser Photographer (2018), as well as a children's picture book, Cat and Bear (2003) written and illustrated by Borenstein. She has illustrated the children's book Mr. Zuko Takes Flight (1984) written by Michel Faure, and Yoga Going Within (2021) written by Malcolm McLean. From 1984 to 2008, Borenstein was a part-time professor in film animation at Concordia University.[3]

The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein[edit]

Borenstein's best known work is the biographical documentary The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein, released in 1992. Produced by the National Film Board and Imageries Inc., the film details the life and career of her father Sam Borenstein. It includes interviews with her mother, Judith; archival material; and a combination of Borenstein's original animation, reproductions of her father's work, and time-lapse sequences taking place in Montreal and the Laurentian Mountains.[10] The film won nine international awards, including a nomination for the Oscar for Best Short Documentary at the 65th Academy Awards, and the award for Best Short Documentary at the 12th Genie Awards.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1970 Tricylcle
  • 1972 Opus 1
  • 1974 Revisited
  • 1976 Traveller's Palm
  • 1977 Onions and Garlic
  • 1981 Five Billion Years
  • 1983 La Plante
  • 1987 The Man Who Stole Dreams
  • 1992 The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein
  • 1997 One Divided by Two: Kids and Divorce
  • 2011 Mother's Colours
  • 2018 Lida Moser Photographer

Other credits[edit]

  • Cat and Bear (2003), author and illustrator
  • Mr. Zuko Takes Flight (1984), written by Michel Faure, illustrated by Joyce Borenstein
  • Yoga Going Within (2021), written by Malcolm McLean, illustrated by Joyce Borenstein

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wright, Jean Ann (2013-07-18). Animation Writing and Development: From Script Development to Pitch. New York, London: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781136144059.
  2. ^ "The 65th Academy Awards | 1993". Oscars.org | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  3. ^ a b c Holmes, Gillian (1999-06-01). Who's Who of Canadian Women, 1999-2000. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780920966556.
  4. ^ "Joyce Borenstein | Great Women Animators". greatwomenanimators.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  5. ^ Canada, National Film Board of, The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein, retrieved 2016-10-15
  6. ^ Canada, National Film Board of, Mother's Colours, retrieved 2016-10-15
  7. ^ Lerner, Loren Ruth (1997-01-01). Canadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780802029881.
  8. ^ Robinson, Chris (2005-01-01). Unsung Heroes of Animation. Eastleigh: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0861966651.
  9. ^ "Illumination Magique Inc. - Montreal QC Canada". www.companiesofcanada.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
  10. ^ mark (2013-11-29). "The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borentstein (National Film Board, 1992)". The Richard & Beryl Ivey Visual Resources Library. Archived from the original on 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2016-10-20.