Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles

Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, Jennifer Baichwal's first documentary, won a 1999 International Emmy for Best Arts Documentary. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1998 and was nominated that year for a Best Feature Documentary Genie Award. It won Best Biography at Hot Docs in 1999 and was picked up for theatrical release by Mongrel Media in Canada, Zeitgeist Films in the U.S., and Uplink in Japan. The film has been sold for broadcast all over the world, and has been selected for a number of international film and television festivals, including Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, FIPA, Banff (where it received a Rockie nomination), Istanbul and Edinburgh.

Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montréal and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied philosophy and theology at McGill University and received an M.A. in 1994, supported by a McGill Major Fellowship and an FCAR Master’s Scholarship.

She has been directing and producing documentaries for 14 years. Her first film, Looking You In The Back of the Head, an enquiry into the problem of personal identity, asked thirteen women to try to describe themselves and was first broadcast, to critical acclaim, on TVOntario's From the Heart. It subsequently sold for broadcast across Canada.

Baichwal founded Mercury Films Inc. with de Pencier in 1998. Her current project, another collaboration between Mercury and Foundry, is Act of God, a feature documentary on the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning. It is presently in post-production and was commissioned by The Documentary Channel in Canada, Arte in France and Channel4/More4 in the U.K.

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