Joyce Borenstein


Joyce Borenstein is an award-winning writer, director and animator based in Montréal. Following studies at McGill University, she completed a Masters in Film Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Her body of work includes independent films and also work done with the National Film Board. Her 1992 biographical documentary The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein celebrates the work of this prolific painter. It employs a combination of animation, interviews and family photos. In Canada, it won a Genie Award for Best Short Documentary; it was also nominated for an Academy Award. It was The Colours of My Father that led New York photographer Lida Moser to approach Joyce Borenstein with her own story behind the creation of a collection of exquisite black and white photographs she made in rural Québec in the 1950s. 

In Lida Moser Photographer: Odyssey in Black and White, Borenstein artfully illuminates Moser's story by interweaving her photographs with time-lapse imagery, animation and voices, including Moser's own, from recordings Borenstein made in initial stages of this collaboration between the two women.

Films by Joyce Borenstein