Sunday, September 10, 2006

Denis Delestrac

Denis Delestrac was born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, in southwestern France on August 14, 1968. He is known for his works in social justice documentary filmmaking.

Delestrac resides in Barcelona, Spain with his wife Gemma and has no children. He is currently a professional film director and scriptwriter.

Delestrac graduated from the Toulouse Law University and the National School of Broadcast Journalism in France before leaving for New York. There, he bought his first camera. Later, he put it into action as a staff photojournalist while attending Richland College in Dallas.

He has worked as a photojournalist, staff writer and managing editor for several daily and monthly publications in the U.S., France (Le Monde) and Spain. He also co-wrote the book "The Future Society" with intellectual Noam Chomsky.

Many of the films in which he participated have won major international awards. He shot the most attended IMAX film of the decade, "Mystery of the Nile." He also worked extensively on "Nomads of the Human Condition," a 13-segment documentary series about modern day nomads and the human aspect of globalization. The series was shot on five continents. His IMAX film, "Arabia," is currently in development along with others.

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Please read Denis' interview.

Enough for now,

1 comment:

Marie said...

Hi Mark,
Great interview with Denis. I was thrilled to discover that his basic philosophy or should I say, passionate approach to photography, is what yields the most emotional photographs, no matter the format. This has always been my response whenever a person asks me how I do that which I do. Yet, I also know that the tools of my trade and keeping up with significant advances are crucial. I don't know squat about cinematography, but am curious to know a bit about the technological timeline advances in IMAX history and what Denis forsees as future major innovations in the field. Thanx.