Karl Lemieux

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Karl Lemieux
OccupationFilm director
Years active2007–present
Known forGodspeed You! Black Emperor
Notable work

Karl Lemieux is a Canadian film director best known for his collaborations with Montreal-based post rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor and his 2016 film Shambles.


Karl Lemieux joined Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2010 – when the band came back after a seven-year hiatus – providing film projections shown at live concerts.[1][2][3] Those projections largely consist of expressionist tapes shot at empty roads in Canada.[2] He has also designed video projections for the 2012–2013 El Camino Tour by The Black Keys.[4]

In 2015, together with his bandmate David Bryant, Lemieux co-directed the experimental documentary short Quiet Zone about people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity living in the United States National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia.[5][6] The film premiered in January 2015 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it was a part of the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2015.[7] At the 4th Canadian Screen Awards the film was nominated for Best Short Documentary by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.[8] A year later Lemieux directed Shambles (original French title: Maudite poutine), his feature film debut. The film premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival[9] before going into theatrical release in Canada in 2017.[10] The film garnered four Prix Iris nominations at the 19th Prix Iris in 2017.[11]


As director[edit]

  • 2008: Passage[5] (short)
  • 2015: Quiet Zone (Ondes et Silence) (documentary short)
  • 2016: Shambles (Maudite poutine)


  1. ^ Godspeed You! Black Emperor Constellation Records
  2. ^ a b Dana Linssen (8 August 2017). "Misdaad en postrock in een troosteloos Canada" (in Dutch). NRC. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  3. ^ Pauline Kleijer (10 August 2017). "Met Maudite Poutine gaat Lemieux te ver in zijn experimenteerdrift" (in Dutch). de Volkskrant. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ Gonzalez, John (2012-03-01). "The Black Keys tour: Making 'garage band' music on a big stage". MLive. Michigan Live LLC. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  5. ^ a b O'Connor, Katie (15 September 2015). "TFS FESTIVAL QUICKIE: DAVID BRYANT AND KARL LEMIEUX, DIRECTORS OF QUIET ZONE". Toronto Film Scene. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  6. ^ Weldon, Carolyne (16 September 2016). "Quiet Zone | 3 Questions with Musician/Filmmaker David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor)". blog.nfb.ca. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Quiet Zone". IFFR. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Theatrical Documentary and Short Film Nominations". Canadian Screen Awards. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Après 7 ans de travail, Maudite poutine présenté à Venise". Ici Radio-Canada, September 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "Maudite poutine: le son «dans le piton»". La Presse, January 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Prix Iris : Annonce des finaliste et autres surprises". Atuvu, April 5, 2017.

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