The Singing Lumberjack

The Singing Lumberjack

| 6 min

For nearly 40 years, Charlie Chamberlain was one of the most popular vocalists in Canada—and the most beloved member of the old-time band Don Messer and His Islanders. This five-minute short by filmmaker Rachel Bower brings Chamberlain’s home-grown talent and gregarious personality back to life.

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  • writer
    Rachel Bower
  • director
    Rachel Bower
  • producer
    Paul McNeill
  • graphics
    Joel Lelièvre
    Frank Forrestall
  • animation
    Frank Forrestall
    Joel Lelièvre
  • sound design
    Eva Madden
  • sound recordist
    Glen Ferguson
  • visual researcher
    Ernest Dick
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • music clearances
    Lucie Bourgouin
  • assistant editor
    Chris MacIntosh
  • Photoshop assistant
    Jenna Marks
  • participation
    Mary Trudie Chamberlain-Grimason
    Muriel Chamberlain-Meredith
    Ann Marie Chamberlain-Doyle
    Donald Chamberlain
    David Chamberlain
    Barry Chamberlain
    Sandi MacKinnon
    Liam MacKinnon
    Wally MacKinnon
    Bill Fulton
    Don Tremaine
  • mix
    Luc Léger
  • online editor
    Serge Verreault
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
  • graphic artist
    Lindsay Allan
  • production supervisor
    Candice Desormeaux
    Roz Power
  • production coordinator
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
    Jenna Ross
    Tara Taylor
  • senior production coordinator
    Isabelle Limoges
  • program administrator
    John William Lutz
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke
    Ravida Din

  • erinmac

    That is a great little short about someone I have never heard of. I like the simple animation style for using the archival images and film. Thanks NFB!

    erinmac, 12 Feb 2017
  • jakebergen

    I loved this film! A great story I'd never known about, told in such a visually unique way... fantastic. I'm a sucker for retro stuff and this pulled me right in and made my day. Thanks for that!

    jakebergen, 7 Jun 2016