With a background in contemporary dance and design, Montreal filmmaker Marlene Millar created her first award winning film The Woman and the Sink in 1989. Marlene received her BFA in Film Production from Concordia University, studied in the graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1999 received a Pew Dance Media Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In 2001 Marlene and Philip Szporer co-founded the production company Mouvement Perpétuel, directing and producing acclaimed arts documentaries and dance films. Their television broadcast partners have included Bravo!, APTN, the Documentary Channel and Bold. Their work is widely seen in festivals internationally and has been featured at world events including the 2010 Cultural Olympics, the World Exhibition in Shanghai, a UNESCO tour of Latin America and in retrospective at Quartiers Danses in Montreal. Projects exploring new technologies include Lost Action: Trace, a stereoscopic (3D) live action/animated film with choreographer Crystal Pite, animator Theodore Ushev and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Recent new platform productions include 1001 Lights, a for gallery installation and CRU a three part street dance web platform production for la Fabrique culturelle.
Marlene directs videos for choreographer and dancer Louise Lecavalier, has created film installations including Terminus and Quarantaine 4 x 4 for Charmaine LeBlanc (Red Rabbit Project) and Sing, Juk Sing with visual artist Mary Sui-Yee Wong. Lay Me Low directed by Marlene for Sandy Silva Dance is currently on the film festival circuit and has garnered The Audience Award for Best Short Dance Film at Cinedans, Best of the Festival at Utah Dance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize at Des Arts Des Cinés in France, Best Screendance Short under 10 minutes at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the first Prix Lumiere at Cinédanse Québec. Credits as Creative Producer include the dance films Vanishing Points, Hoop, Turnaround Tango by director Marites Carino, Twitch by director Jules de Niverville and the installation Out of Mies by Lynda Gaudreau.
Mentoring emerging filmmakers has been an important part of Marlene’s activities since 1994. She has taught filmmaking workshops across Canada and internationally at institutes such as Centre Imagine in Burkino Faso, Impulstanz in Vienna, University of Bowling Green in Ohio, Loikka in Helsinki, Malakta Art Factory in Finland, the Regroupement québécois de la danse in Montreal and has mentored documentary filmmakers in Iqaluit, Igloolik, Cambridge Bay and Pangnirtung, Nunavut with the Nunavut Film Development Corporation and the National Film Board of Canada. Marlene also has an established career as a film editor.
Marlene was on the Board of Directors at Main Film for 10 years and is a long standing member of the Documentary Organization of Canada.