With a background in contemporary dance and design, Montreal filmmaker Marlene Millar created her first award winning film The Woman and the Sink in 1989. Marlene received her BFA in Film Production from Concordia University, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1999 was awarded a Dance Media Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In 2001 Marlene and Philip Szporer co-founded the production company Mouvement Perpétuel, directing and producing acclaimed arts documentaries and dance films. Their television broadcast partners have included bravoFACT, APTN, the Documentary Channel and Bold. Their work is widely seen in festivals internationally and has been featured at world events including the 2010 Cultural Olympics, the World Exhibition in Shanghai, a UNESCO tour of Latin America and recently in retrospective at Quartiers Danses in Montreal. Recent projects include the Bravo!FACT short, Dafeena, a site specific dance film with choreographer Natasha Bakht, and Lost Action: Trace, a stereoscopic (3D) live action/animated film with choreographer Crystal Pite, animator Theodore Ushev and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Marlene has created film installations for live performances such as Quarantaine 4 x 4 and Terminus with Charmaine LeBlanc, Carol Prieur, Benoit Lachambre, Marc Béland and visual artist Pol Turgeon. Mentoring emerging filmmakers (since 1994) is an important part of Marlene’s activities, she is currently a mentor for Stories From Our Land with the Nunavut Film Development Corporation and the National Film Board of Canada. She has taught filmmaking workshops across Canada and internationally at institutes such as Centre Imagine in Burkino Faso, Impulstanz in Vienna, University of Bowling Green in Ohio, and Helsinki, Finland. Marlene also has an established career as a film editor. Marlene is on the Board of Directors at Main Film and is a long-standing member of the Documentary Organization of Canada.