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Musivision Films


Musivision Films is an artist driven, full service film and music production company located in Montreal  Canada.

Founded in 2006 by Laurie Gordon, president of Musivision is a boutique production house working with icons of the animation world; animator Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin and Oscar winner Co Hoedeman and  three time Oscar nominee cult film Heavy Metal director Gerald Potterton. Laurie is also the director of  The Montreal International Animation Film Festival (MIAFF) sometimes referred to as Animaze.

Musivision produced documentary film  Ryan’s Renaissance (available in French and English versions) began production with partner CTV BelllMedia and broadcast on Bravo. MusiVision is currently in development with animation and feature films, including I Spy My Father about Laurie enigmatic father and a feature documentary film on animation director London born Gerald Potterton his short film High Flight.

Please email laurie [at] musivision  [dot]  ca OR musivisionfilms [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

Musivision is working on brand new film projects for 2018. Watch this space



Ryan's Renaissance Documentary Film

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Ryan's Renaissance Documentary Film Poster
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February, 2011
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Nicola Zavaglia grew up in the East End of Montreal.  He studied film in Montreal and Rome.  Zavaglia produced and directed his first feature documentary, A POET IN THE FAMILY, in 1978. He has since directed award-winning documentaries and short fiction in Canada, Italy, and the Middle East. His films have screened at the Rendez-Vous, Festival of New Cinema, Cannes, Messina, Lorquin, Popoli and other festivals.


Laurie began filming Ryan for several years and initially set out to direct Ryan's Renaissance. As the story grew more intense it became apparent to her that an "outsider" would be best as Laurei was drawn deeper and deper into the story as it unfolded. 

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Nicola Zavaglia, Laurie Gordon
Laurie Gordon
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Laurie launched her career in film becoming the "accidental" film producer while working with the late animator Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin - subject of the Oscar winning film "Ryan." With Ryan's vote of confidence - despite his tattered jeans and panhandling - Ryan understood the film business... Laurie discovered a hidden herself. Making the impossible dream a reality -The result was "Spare Change" Ryan's first film in 35 years after life on the periphery. The rest is her story. Laurie began her career as a singer musician and ventured into film through this creative process. It was a natural segue... She says" The best part is working with amazing directors and animators, and artists is that I learn from people who have worked directly with greats such as Norman McLaren, Buster Keaton, Harold Pinter...I find this extraordinary"
Laurie Gordon
Nicola Zavaglia
K. Halatchev
Laurie Gordon, CHIWAWA
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<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The final image of the short 3D film Ryan winner of the 2005 Academy Award for best-animated short is of a homeless beggar. To the world Oscar nominated animator turned panhandler, Ryan/s story had been told.</p> <p>Ryan&#39;s Renaissance chronicles an improbable journey, friendship and what transpires after Ryan Larkin becomes the work&#39;s most famous panhandler. Ryan living at a homeless shelter and Laurie Gordon, a Montreal musician start working together. Laurie asks Ryan to draw a few pictures for her band&#39;s video, which serendipitously becomes Ryan&#39;s first animation film in 35 years. As their collaboration evolves Laurie unwittingly becomes a film producer and Ryan a director once more. We follow this quirky duo&#39;s utopian attempt to produce Spare Change. Not just a question of raising money, making this film involves getting an alcoholic off the streets into the hermit&#39;s cave of animation. Laurie invites Ryan to live in her home in the country with her husband and menagerie of cats and dogs. Ryan&#39;s generous unconcern for the camera eye gives witness to harrowing moments, hilarious events grasping insight into creativity, vision, and a yearning for a place to call home.</p>
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Between $100 000 and $1 Million
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Digital / DVD
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Rendez Vous du Cinema Quebecoise - Montreal, Canada

Rencontres Internationales du Documetaire de Montreal - Montreal, Canada

RegioFun - Katowice, Poland

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