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Martin Villeneuve on TED Talks

Mars et Avril.jpgIf you love hearing about new ideas, then TED Talks videos are for you.

TED is a non-profit whose mission is spreading ideas through exciting, short talks by some of the best minds in the English-speaking world.

The conferences cover a cornucopia of ideas in  technology, entertainment, design, science, arts, politics, and global issues. 

TED challenges thinkers and doers to give "the talk of their lives," in 18 minutes or less (and they're posted online at afterward). Big-name guests so far have included Bill Clinton, scientist Steven Hawking, Apple founder Steve Jobs, singer Peter Gabriel, and Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.

Earlier this year, the first Quebecker was invited to join the prestigious conference series -- filmmaker Martin Villeneuve. His sci-fi film, Mars et Avril, had caught the eye of the TED curator. Mars et Avril is a love story set in Montreal, 50 years in the future, when the subway line talks you all the way to Mars.

Martin Villeneuve's TED Talk goes online this week. He joins Sonali Karnick with his behind-the-scenes look at the TED conferences and his talk there about how his creativity - and budget - were tested in making the film.

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