BIOGRAPHY OF JOCELYN DEMERS
BIOGRAPHY OF JOCELYN DEMERS:
I am an independent producer and the owner of MONDE FILMS. My documentaries have a presence in more than 100 Universities and Colleges.
I directed, wrote and edited 6 documentaries about sustainability.
My last documentary before THE FUTURE OF BIRDS (2019) was The Watershed guardians of the Fraser River (2018). This film presents an in-depth view of the rich, interactive ecosystems of the Fraser river watershed (Canada) and the people who champion their protection. Eye-catching photography and accompanying commentaries draw attention to the global significance of the watershed which supports the most productive salmon river in the world that supports orcas, sturgeon, and is Canada’s major stopover for millions of migrating birds of the Pacific flyway. With the participation of the Vancouver Aquarium, the David Suzuki Foundation and the UBC department of Geography.
Another of my documentaries is ABUNDANCE ON A DRY LAND (52 minutes) about water conservation and agriculture. Soil restoration is facilitating water infiltration to help increase the yields. In addition, even in dry areas, a lot of water can be potentially harvested and stored in tanks, ponds and swales. Using swale systems, gabions, biodiversity, mulching, pioneer trees, animals both wild and domestic, check dams, fruit forests, keyline plows, compost teas and many other methods. The film shows it is possible to turn the soil into a large sponge, and design new productive, sustainable landscapes. This documentary is already in distribution for the educational market with Green Planet Films and the TV market with OCTAPIXX worldwide.
New Farms, big success! With 3 rock star farmers, is another documentary I produced based on solutions. It presents three ecologically responsible farms in the USA and Canada. Their unique business plans eliminate the middle man, use sustainable methods and few fossil fuels and show a decent living can be made! With the participation of Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations and leading USA environmentalist, author and educator, Bill McKibben, this documentary provides critical information to develop an enduring, local food network in a time of climate change. The three rock star farmers:
-Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life and farmer of Essex Farm
-Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener and farmer of Les Jardins de la Grelinette.
-Lauren Rathmell, greenhouse manager of Lufa Farms.
This documentary includes the official point of view of The Convention on Biodiversity, the UN office specialized in the protection of life on Earth, about the links between climate change, biodiversity and farming.
Another documentary I produced is Saving The Life Keepers, The new science of sustainable beekeeping (documentary, 62 minutes). It does reveals how local citizens, farmers, small and large businesses as well as beekeepers can help protect and preserve bee populations throughout the world. This documentary offers several practical solutions. These include: utilizing the biodiversity of plants, mass plantings of protein rich flowers, Queen bee organic mating yards, how to fight bee parasites and diseases without chemicals and antibiotics and finally, how beekeepers work successfully with productive and resistant Africanized bees. A humanistic adventure based on the extraordinary realities of the present, this documentary marks the way to sustain the future for generations of people and bees yet to come.
In 2007, I produced Gardens of Destiny with Dan Jason. This documentary about organic seeds is helping to teach across North America the importance of healthy food production.
I am ex-radio producer and announcer for a radio of Radio-Canada International (Europe) where I learned what is journalism for 8 years.
I have a degree in education and on top of being an educational filmmaker (English), I teach sustainable gardening and French to more than 100 students.