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 in the graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1999 received a Pew Fellowship in Dance Media 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 Bravo!, ARTV, APTN, CBC and TéléQuébec. 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. Their most recent collaboration is Bhairava, a site specific dance film featuring dance artist Shantala Shivalingappa. Projects exploring new technologies include Lost Action: Trace, a stereoscopic (3D) live action/animated film with choreographer Crystal Pite, animator Theodore Ushev and the National Film Board of Canada; 1001 Lights, a for gallery installation and CRU a three part street dance web production for la Fabrique culturelle.
Marlene has created numerous film installations including Terminus and Quarantaine 4 x 4 (Red Rabbit Project)and is currently in production with Witness, a personal essay installation. Marlene's work is part of an ongoing exhibition "WOMEN" in Perth, Scotland, and was recently featured at the Ming Gallery of Contemporary Art in Shanghai.
Lay Me Low , Pilgrimage, Move and Traverse are directed by Marlene for Sandy Silva Dance and are currently on the film festival circuit and have garnered seventeen awards and prizes to date including Best Dance Film at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, First Prize at Cinematica, Audience Award for Best Short Dance Film at Cinedans, Amsterdam, Special Jury Prize at Des Arts // Des Cinés in France, Best Screendance Short under 10 minutes at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the first Prix Lumiere at Cinédanse Québec.
Credits as Creative Producer include the dance films Vanishing Points, Hoop, Turnaround Tango and Hands On by director Marites Carino, Twitch by director Jules de Niverville and the installation Out of Mies by Lynda Gaudreau. Mentoring emerging filmmakers has been an important part of Marlene’s activities since 1994. 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, Loikka in Helsinki, Malakta Art Factory in Finland. In Canada she is a regular guest lecturer at Concordia University, and has mentored documentary filmmakers in Iqaluit, Igloolik, Cambridge Bay and Pangnirtung, Nunavut with the Nunavut Film Development Corporation and the National Film Board of Canada. Marlene also has an established career as a film editor.
Active in the filmmaking community, Marlene was on the Board of Directors at Main Film for 10 years and is a long standing member of the Documentary Organization of Canada.