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The film – Wavemakers // Le Chant des Ondes
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The film

Wavemakers – Trailer   Distribution: National Film Board of Canada

Wavemakers pursues the legacy of an electronic musical instrument as fragile as it is magical: the Ondes Martenot. The Martenot so sensitive, so expressive, that nearly a century after its invention, musicians, artisans and scientists are still trying to unravel its secrets. Among them are the inventor’s son, Jean-Louis Martenot, Suzanne Binet-Audet, the “Jimi Hendrix of the Martenot”, and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

Integrating vérité, never-before-seen archival material and an entrancing soundtrack, this feature documentary explores the origins and workings of the Martenot, and draws us inexorably into its spell. A modern-day story set against a historical background, Wavemakers is a journey into the very heart of the mystery of music.

With Wavemakers, Caroline Martel returns with the signature approach that turned her first feature doc about telephone operators into a “non-stop visual and intellectual stimulation… an enormously creative documentary.” (Variety). She pursues her fascination with culture and technology, using her distinctive blend of humanism, lyricism and experimentation. 

Athens International Film Festival  2013 

Fandor’s 2013 Absolute Best (and Worst)

Best Documentary JUTRA AWARDS Nomination 2014  

Amazing! A film as beautiful and tender as the instrument itself.”
– Jonny Greenwood, composer, multi-instrumentist (Radiohead)

Martel’s is an intriguing chronicle of the Martenot with engaging instruction.

Wavemakers is a worthy companion to 1994’s Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey.
Film Comment 

« A monument that will leave a mark in the history of electronic lutherie, and even find a place in music history. »
– Jean-Marc Fontaine, sound recordings preservationist Université Pierre et Marie Curie / Sorbonne (Paris)

“Playful, poetic, and profound. Inventively blending a wide range of documentary forms…”
– David Schwartz, chief curator, Museum of the Moving Image (NY)

« A work whose clarity belies uncommon complexity. »
– Bruno Dequen (24 images) 

Current Details in News
Bloor Cinema (TO premiere) presented by Hot Docs! + Royal Conservatory of Music – April 2014

Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG)  – Mar 2014

Québec Cinema Week in Milan – Mar 2014

Francophone Film Festival in Greece – Mar 2014

National Galery (Washington) – Mar 2014

Exploratorium (San Francisco) – Feb 2014

First Look Film Festival  – New York Premiere – Jan 2014

Special Screening – Université Pierre et Marie Curie / Sorbonne (Paris) – Dec 2013 Forum des Images  – Paris Premiere – Nov 2013

Leeds International Film Festival – British Premiere – Nov 2013

Cork Film Festival (Ireland) – Nov 2013

Cinédit (Rivière-du-loup) – Oct 2013

Cornell Cinema, Cornell University (Ithaca) – Oct 2013

Athens International Film Festival – Sept 2013

Sporobole (Sherbrooke) – Sept 2013

Festival international du film de La Rochelle – French Premiere – July 2013

Music & Labour Conference – AISPM-Canada – May 2013

Paraloeil (Rimouski) – April 2013

Special screenings – Tish Cinema School/New York University + Dartmouth University – April-May 2013

One month theatrical release – Cinéma Excentris (Montréal) – 15 March -11 April 2013

International Film Festival in Rotterdam (IFFR) – International Premiere – Feb 2013

Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) – World Premiere – Nov 2012