Tess Girard

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Tess Girard is a Canadian filmmaker and cinematographer.

A Simple Rhythm[edit]

She is best known for her documentary A Simple Rhythm[1] a documentary exploring rhythm from the perspective of mathematics, music, biology, philosophy, and psychology, which included interviews with Charles Spearin (of Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, The Happiness Project), and mathematician Steven Strogatz. The film played at the 2011 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival,[2] Vancouver International Film Festival 2010,[3] 2011 Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal[4] and 2011 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. The outtakes of A Simple Rhythm were edited into the radio documentary The Heart of the Beat[5] for CBC's Ideas and included additional material with science writer Philip Ball.

Other works[edit]

Girard's other works include The Road to Webequie (co-directed with Ryan J Noth) which played at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival[6] and was nominated for an Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Short Documentary at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards.[7] She is also known for her works Canada The Good? (Hot Docs 2016),[8] Old Growth (Toronto International Film Festival 2012,[9] Canada's Top Ten 2012[10]) and Benediction (Toronto International Film Festival 2012).[11]

Girard is currently making a feature film with the National Film Board of Canada called As The Crow Flies.[12][13]


  1. ^ A Simple Rhythm (2010), retrieved 2017-05-25 
  2. ^ "Review: A Simple Rhythm - Hot Docs 2011 | Toronto Film Scene". thetfs.ca. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  3. ^ "VIFF 2010: Canadian Images films announced". Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  4. ^ "RIDM 2011: A Simple Rhythm (but an intriguing one)". Montreal Gazette. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  5. ^ "The Heart of the Beat". CBC Radio. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  6. ^ "The Road to Webequie". TIFF. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  7. ^ "The Road to Webequie | Best Short Documentary | Canadian Screen Awards". Academy.ca. 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Canada the Good?". Festival. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  9. ^ "TIFF Day 2: Short Cuts Canada | The Crimes of Mike Recket | Dangerous Liaisons | Dredd 3D | Eat Sleep Die | End of Watch | Frances Ha | The Hunt | Krivina | Road North | Spring Breakers | Stories We Tell - Cinema Scope". Cinema Scope. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  10. ^ "Canada's top 10 movies in 2012, according to TIFF - Macleans.ca". Macleans.ca. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  11. ^ "YFile » York talent evident at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival". yfile-archive.news.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  12. ^ Canada, National Film Board of, As the Crow Flies, retrieved 2017-05-25 
  13. ^ "Tess Takes Off: As the Crow Flies - NFB/blog". NFB/blog. 2015-06-07. Retrieved 2017-05-25.