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Dust: A Sculptor’s Journey 2011 Jeanne Pope
This film is an intimate artist profile and first-person ode. It explores the life and work of Montreal's late great sculptor and print-maker Stanley Lewis for his contribution to Canada’s rich art heritage and also portrays his love for his beloved Boulevard St. Laurent, affectionately known as the Main. This cinéma-vérité documentary chronicles the last years of Stanley's eccentric life as he struggles with his health and creative legacy. His nostalgic boulevard, his cluttered dusty studio and his vagabond friends all serve as a backdrop for the perseverance of his artistic vision and the cultural landmarks fading around him.
This is a personal journal and homage to my friend Stanley.
Cinema Vérité and an old camera
This work was created over many years where initially we only had a cheap consumer camera. The essence and soul of the Main and Stan’s world is about the instant, the rough and the ready; our camera gave us a gritty dusty visual texture, it also allowed intimate access; not only to Stanley and his studio world, but to his people. Stanley was impulsive, constantly on the move, yet we also had a lot of time and filmed over many seasons till Stanley’s death. At the end our old camera began to groan – as can be seen in the final images - then the filter shattered, yet we carried on regardless. When Stanley died the camera finally broke.
Dust completes 7 years of exploring the shrinking Jewish enclave, one block along the Boulevard St. Laurent - from Bagg Street to Napoleon - in different media, from video, 16mm, super 16, stop-motion animation and still photography.
Appreciation of thanks
So much time and love has been given by so many of you, without whom Stanley’s story would not have been able to come to fruition, and for this I am entirely grafeful. The ultimate goal is for Stanley to be brought back to the public eye and for his artworks to be appreciated once more. Later we hope to have an interactive archive consisting of press clippings, archival footage, and how to view Stanley’s artworks held in Canadian institutions and around the world.
Where's Stanley? 2004 Jeanne Pope and Stanley Lewis
We begin our story with Stanley Lewis, the Montreal sculptor and bastion of the Main, the art world and marginality. We follow him around the Main to his favourite eating-houses, then to his studio where we have a glimpse of his intimate world of creation.
Birth of the Smoked Meat 2006 Jeanne Pope, Zoe Mapp and Stanley Lewis
We follow the process of making smoked meat and the characters that have been creating this Jewish delicacy with love for so many years. The Main Deli and Steakhouse represents one of the few remaining businesses on the Boulevard St. Laurent, the central artery of Montreal. Starring the enigmatic owner, Peter Varvaro, and his old-time friend, the legendary Montreal sculptor Stanley Lewis, we catch a glimpse of their world, which has remained relatively unchanged over the last 40 years.
"A gorgeous black-and-white look inside Montreal's Main Deli."
FILM POP 2006
Up & Down the City Road 2008 Ying Wang and Jeanne Pope
Up & Down the City Road is a tribute to the Boulevard St.Laurent of old, an ode, a street poem to Stanley Lewis and to friendship, and to his beloved street, the Main.
"An animated documentary assembled in a rough-hewn manner, it's formally odd but sentimentally evocative." Malcolm Fraser Mirror 2008
Berson Boys 2007 Zoe Mapp and Jeanne Pope
Moving to the tombstone engravers, Berson Monuments, the oldest business still in existence on the Main, we meet Tony, Harry and Serge, the Berson Boys, who have worked for a combined 85 years. This was also where Montreal sculptor Stanley Lewis had his studio for 25 years. He died during the making of this film at 75. This film is a tribute not only to Stanley but also to the boys he had known for so long, signifying the end of an era.