Director Biography – Elizabeth Lewis (COVID BACH)

Born and raised in Montreal,she later moved to Toronto. Her training is in fine arts painting and drawing. Attending schools in Montreal, Paris France, Banff Alberta.Elizabeth got her start as an animator at the National Film Board of Canada where she animated and designed the poetry film based on A Kite is a Victim by Leonard Cohen. After moving to Toronto she animated other poems by Earl Birney, William Carlos Williams. Professionally she was on the animation teams at Nelvana and other studios including Walt Disney Animation Canada. Elizabeth was an animator on award winning films for Street Kids International produced by the National Film Board of Canada. She was awarded for her poetry films by the Poetry Film Festival in San Francisco and the Chicago Educational Film Festival.Waters of March was premiered in North America at the Flickers International Film Festival, Rhode Island 2019 and in France at the Cannes Short Film Festival September 2019 and has been accepted into multilple other festivals. Waters of March won Special Jury Award for Music Video at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 and was a finalist at the ARPA Festival in LA.

Director Statement

Covid Bach, as the title indicates, was done during this isolation time in the Covid 19 pandemic.The film was done without access to outside resources and was shot on a webcam.Normally, I have it shot on professional equipment and work with a cameraperson and editor. This is not possible to do as it would mean contact with someone outside my bubble and travel to Toronto from my home in cottage country Ontario. This rather less polished result has become part of the reality. The Well Tempered Clavier by Bach was the inspiration particularly as it is interpreted by Andras Schiff.

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