Barry Lazar & Richard Elson


Barry Lazar is a partner in Les Productions du Boulevard which produced Chez Schwartz. He has been a journalist and producer for over 30 years, starting his career with CBC radio. He has worked on documentaries for many companies and organizations including the NFB, Spectra-Amerimage, CFCF-TV and TVO.

Since 1995, he has been a partner, with Garry Beitel, in Beitel/Lazar Productions which produces documentaries for television as well as Beitel/Lazar Films which makes institutional films.

Barry is well known for books and articles about ethnic communities and food in Montreal. His books include the best sellers: Barry Lazar’s Taste of Montreal, Underestimated Importance: la culture anglo-québécoise, Tea with Mister George and Other Adventures in Montreal, and The Guide to Ethnic Montreal (Véhicule Press) / Le guide du Montréal ethnique (éditeur XYZ).



Richard Elson is an award-winning, Montreal-based, documentary film producer with Imageries Ltd., which he founded in 1980. His innovative documentary films have won numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award nomination for The Colours of My Father, which was released in 2005 by the Co-producer The National Film Board of Canada as a DVD and in HD. The Mystery of the Blue Whale, a documentary about the last giant mammal living on this planet, awarded the Rolex Grand Prize for the protection of the underwater world at the International Festival of Maritime and Exploration Films in Toulon, France in 1999 will be released on DVD in 2007.

In 2005 Imageries jointly with Beitel/Lazar Productions created a new production company Les productions du Boulevard. Their first production is the feature documentary Chez Schwartz with broadcast in Québec on Télé-Quebec and international distribution by Filmoption International.

He is currently developing Once Upon A Story, a feature documentary about the story of sorytelling for Télé-Quebec written and directed by Terre Nash with support form the SODEC.

While Imageries was associated with Galafilm Productions, Elson produced the 6-hour documentary series Chiefs for History Television, Historia, TVO, TFO and SCN, about the lives of such remarkable First Nations chiefs as Sitting Bull, Poundmaker, Black Hawk, Brant and Pontiac.

Among Richard Elson’s other award winning productions produced by Imageries Ltd. are: What If... A film about Judith Merril, Bittersweet Deliveries, The Empty Net, Animal Connections, The Colours of My Father: A Portrait of Sam Borenstein, Bonjour! Shalom! and The Cry of the Beluga.

Richard Elson has been very involved in support of independent Canadian documentary production and distribution. He is a past co-chair of the Quebec section of the Documentary Organization of Canada and past Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund. He also served as the Vice-President of Cinéma.


Camera / Director of Photography
Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers

One of Canada’s leading documentary director of photography and cameraman, Marc Gadoury is known for his close collaboration with a number of directors with whom he has frequently worked. On Chez Schwartz he played a key role by enabling the verité filming style of the documentary that captures the action within the extremely tight and congested quarters of the Deli over the long days of filming. He has been recognized for the excellence of his work on many of the documentaries for which is he responsible for the images.

Gémeaux - Meilleure direction photographique-toutes catégories, vidéo
1992 - Bonjour ! Shalom!2000 - Lumière des oiseaux en partenariat avec Carlos Ferrand
2002 - Maux d'amours en partenariat avec Laurent BeaucheminGemini - Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series
2003 - Water Marks CSC Awards - Best photography in a Docudrama
2005 - The Unsexing Of Emma Edmonds CSC Awards – Best photography in a Performance
2006 – Canticum Canticorum



Robert Marcel Lepage has been an active member of the Quebec music scene for over 20 years, His impressive body of work includes 11 solo CDs under the Ambiances Magnétiques label, a musical text for schools (Le Robert illustré de la clarinette), several hundred original compostions for films including Benoit Pilon’s hit documentary Roger Toupin, épicier variété, René Lévesque, héros malgré lui, by Marc Renaud, Le côté sombre de la Dame Blanche, by Patricio Henriquez, War Babies, by Raymonde Provencher, and Les Enfants de Refus Global, by Manon Barbeau. He has also composed for television programs (Urgence, Réseaux) and fiction films including La Neuvaine , 20 h 17 rue Darling by Bernard Emond; Mariages, by Catherine Martin; Full Blast, Yellowknife by Rodrigue Jean). His versatile work as a musician has won him two Gémaux: for the film Soho and the documentary Le Minot d’or ; as well as the Prix Richard Grégoire of the SPACQ Foundation awarded for the first time this year (2006) for his work as a film composer.



André Boisvert has been a soundman since 1987 – often under extremely
difficult conditions, as with Chez Schwartz, where he managed to get precise direct sound within the boisterous atmosphere of the smoked meat deli. He has worked on large productions, but now prefers to work on small personal documentaries. After all, what other kind of work has the opportunity to take a sleeping car between Moscow and St. Petersburg, cry in a refugee camp in Guinea or hear the breathing of a bowhead whale a few meters away, north of the arctic circle.

His recent films include:

Chez Schwartz (2006), Les Appalaches (2006)
Jacques Parizeau : l’homme derrière le complet 3 pièces (2005)
Arctic Mission (2002).



After almost twenty years in the editing business, Nicolas has taken part in a wide variety of projects involving most of Québec’s important producers. Initially trained as an electronics technician, then obtaining a bachelor’s degree in music he now prefers documentary work because it allows him to get involved social and human issues.

Peer recognition has come in the form of numerous awards and nominations over the years; Gémeaux and Anik awards and even a special prize from the Japanese government. Nicolas has edited four of Garry Beitel’s films.

Nicolas is also a professional musician.