Directors: Kat Ellinger and Dima Ballin
Produced by Fran Simeoni (for Arrow Films)
Co-produced by Kier-La Janisse and Jonathan Zaurin
Orchestrator of Storms will have its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal in July 2022. From the Fantasia press release:
Dima Ballin and Kat Ellinger’s years-in-the-making documentary tells the story of one of Eurocult cinema’s most singular voices, Jean Rollin, recipient of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Deeply misunderstood and widely misrepresented, during his decades-long career as a film director, Rollin’s works were unlike any others. Once you dig into his life and passions, what emerges is a strong connection to the French surrealists, to symbolist art, to the poetry of Tristan Corbière, to the French anarchist scene in the sixties, and counterculture. Working closely with Rollin’s family, ORCHESTRATOR OF STORMS attempts to elevate the director’s work by exploring it in depth alongside these major influences, presenting the filmmaker’s story as never seen before, with the help of some of his key collaborators, close friends, and experts in both film and cultural history – including Fantasia’s 2022 Canadian Trailblazer Kier-La Janisse, who also co-executive-produced. A miracle of a documentary achievement. World Premiere.