Colin Low, Don Owen and how the NFB's Unit B changed Canadian cinema

Last week was a tough one for Canadian film, bringing the deaths of two important filmmakers one after the other. Colin Low and Don Owen were several years apart in age and differed in their style and approach, but both played a fundamental role in defining Canadian cinema with their work at the National Film Board (NFB).

Filmmakers played a key role in defining a national filmmaking voice

A scene from the NFB's 'The Children of Fogo Island', directed by Colin Low & produced by John Kemeny in 1967, is shown. (The Canadian Press)


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