Martin Meissonnier

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Martin Meissonnier
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Martin Meissonnier in the 1990s
Background information
OriginParis, France
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, film director
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards
Years active1975–present

Martin Meissonnier is a French journalist, producer, director and composer. Formerly a journalist for Libération, he has made a specialty of discovering new types of music.


In the 1970s he brought numerous jazz musicians to France, such as Don Cherry,[1] the Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Lee Hooker[2] and Dizzy Gillespie. He also promoted concerts[3] for artists such as Nass EL Ghiwane, Franco & OK Jazz, Nana Vasconcelos, Turkish band Oriental WInd,[4] Han Bennink & Peter Brötzmann, Art Blakey, Sun Ra, Chico & Von Freeman, Albert Collins, Lounge Lizards, Defunkt, Old & New Dreams, Art Pepper, Moondog, The Slits, Taj Mahal, Pharoah Sanders, Gil Evans, Egberto Gismonti and others.

In the early 1980s, he became the producer of Fela Kuti,[5] King Sunny Ade;[6] in 1984 Ray Lema,[7] the Malopoets from South Africa,[8] Manu Dibango;[9] in 1986 Papa Wemba and Wasis Diop. In 1986, he organised the first raï festival in Bobigny.[10] He worked with Khaled,[11] Safy Boutella, Amina, Arthur H, in 1994 Robert Plant & Jimmy Page,[12] and Alan Stivell.

In 1989 to 1994, he directed Megamix for la Sept on France 3 and then Arte,[13] world music magazine which ran for six years on French television and other countries.[14] Later, he directed documentary films for Arte and Canal+, including several programmes about history, the Internet, digital art, rap, and the techno movement. In 2001, his book about depleted uranium entitled Uranium appauvri : la guerre invisible was published by Robert Laffont.[15]

Martin Meissonnier's work as a filmmaker has a strong global flavor. His producing and directing credits include major documentaries and documentary series in finance, politics and history. They include, 'Web Site Story', 'McWorld', 'Music Is My Drug', 'On the Trail of the Queen of Sheba', 'The Life of Buddha', 'On God's Right', "Vraie Jeanne, Fausse Jeanne" and 'The Genie of Electricity'.

Albums (producer)[edit]

Soundtracks (composer)[edit]

  • Les cercueils de monsieur Kani Kwé by Thierry Secrétan (1987, La Générale de Production cinématographique)
  • Kaltex en Chine (1988, Kaltex)
  • Music of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville - « Victoire de la Musique » 92 - « Prix de la Musique Symphonique Légère de la SACEM »
  • Joe et Marie by Tania Stöcklin (1993)
  • Peintres de Kumasi" by Thierry Secrétan (1995, Online/Arte)
  • Les Guignols de l'Info, TV serie (1995–2010, Canal+)
  • Tripalium by Christophe Loizillon (1996 – Vertigo productions)
  • Les 100 photos du Siècle, documentary (1998, Capa)
  • Spin Doctors, documentary by Luc Hermann & Gilles Bovon (2001, Canal+)
  • République Atomique documentary by David Carr Brown (2001, Artline/ARTE)
  • Inside Broadmoor, documentary by David Carr Brown (2002, Psychology News UK/Channel 5 UK)
  • l’Affaire Clearstream, documentary by Denis Robert (2003, The Factory/Canal +)
  • Death of Diana, documentary by David Carr Brown (2003, Psychology News UK/ABC-Channel 5 UK)
  • The Great Match, film by Gerardo Olivares (2006, Wanda Films) (in competition at Berlinale 2006)
  • Reporters, serie directed by Suzan Fenn & Ivan Straburg (2007–2009, Capa Drama/Canal+)
  • Unter Bauern, film by Ludi Boeken (2009, Acajou Films, Pandora, Filmforum)
  • Rose, c'est Paris, film by Bettina Rheims & Serge Bramly (2010, Arte/Productions Campagne Première)

Collaborations on soundtracks[edit]

Documentary films (director)[edit]

  • Music is my Drug/Psychedelic Trance (1996, 52', Compangnie des Phares et Balises/Canal+)
  • Internet - un monde digital with Alvin Toffler, Louis Rosetto (1996, 120', Série Limitée/Arte)
  • Time Guardians (1997, 60', The Factory/Canal+)
  • The Wheel of Destiny on Astrology around the world, shot in India, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Mali... (1998, 2x52', The Factory/Arte)
  • www.monde with Jean-Marie Messier, Serge Tchuruk, Michael Bloomberg about the Net Economy and banking (1998, 110', Gaumont Television/Arte)
  • Web Site Story (1999, 4x26', Gaumont Television/European Community/Arte) (compilation of www.monde & Internet : un monde digital).
  • In the Footsteps of the Queen of Sheba shot in Yemen, Ethiopia & Israel (1999, 2x52', Gaumont Television/Arte/SBS/AVRO)
  • Invisible War, Depleted Uranium and the Politics of Radiation (2000, 64',Canal+) [23]« Grand Price » of the Sinergie scientific film festival 2001
  • Paroles de Juges with judges Eva Joly, Renaud Van Ruymbecke, Gerardo Colombo etc... (2000, 90', Tetra Media/Arte)
  • Une Europe sans Loi with judges Eva Joly, Renaud Van Ruymbecke, Gerardo Colombo etc... (2000, 52', Tetra Media/la Cinquième)
  • Mc World - Brand Culture featuring Benjamin Barber, Eric Schlosser, Dan Wieden... (2002, 90', Sodaperaga/Arte) « Prix Leonardo » for best European production 2002 - Italy
  • The Life of Buddha (2003, 90', General Pattern/Infine films/Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation/Arte/SBS)
  • On God’s Right, in collaboration with Roger Trilling (2004, 55', Productions Campagne Première/Canal+/SBS Australia)
  • Africa Live - Roll Back Malaria, five concert films, featuring Youssou N'Dour, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Corneille, Awadi & others (2005, 300', Antelope Films/Ideale Audience/Flotow Productions/Xippi)
  • Vraie Jeanne Fausse Jeanne (Inquest on Joan of Arc) (2007, 90', Arte/Productions Campagne Première)
  • Poubelle la vie, co-directed by Pascal Signolet (2010, 90', Productions Campagne Première/France 3/RTBF)
  • "Dancing City Johannesburg" (2012 Campagne Première/France O/Voyage)
  • "La fée Electricité" co-directed by Pascal Signolet (2012 Campagne Première/France 5)


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  15. ^ Editions Robert Laffont "Uranium appauvri : la guerre invisible"
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