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Tally Abecassis


Unlikely Treasures Bande annonce
documentary, 52 min, English, 2010
Les Collectionneurs Visionnement du film
documentary, 52 min, English with French subtitles, 2010

Collectors, archivists, and obsessives: there is method to their madness and this film will show you why. Unlikely Treasures features people who collect unexpected things like clothespins, platform shoes, and discarded teatags, and features intimate discussions about the compulsion to collect and the urge to create order out of chaos. You think staplers aren’t worth collecting? Think again. Themes:  art and culture, women, society

Nomination, Best Editing – Documentary, Gemini Awards
Distribution: Informaction
Diffusion: CBC, ARTV, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, San Francisco DocFest, Big Sky documentary Film Festival et autres festivals.

Small Wonders Bande annonce
documentary, 52 min, English, 2009

Small Wonders is an intimate film about the people who run the small businesses in our neighbourhoods. Following three small store-owners over the course of ten years, the film is also about the resilience of human nature and how we bounce back despite the obstacles life puts in our path. Themes: women, society, urbanization

Distribution: Informaction
Diffusion: Hot Docs, RIDM, RVCQ

Lifelike Visionnement du film 
documentary, 52 min, English, 2005
Plus grand que nature
documentary, 52 min, English with French subtitles, 2005

Lifelike explores the fascinating and increasingly mainstream world of stuffing and mounting dead animals. From our clichéd notions about the world of hunting to wacky impressions of pet taxidermy, this film follows both novice and veteran taxidermists as they compete at the Canadian Taxidermy Championships. Themes: society

Nomination, Best Science/Nature Documentary, Gemini Awards
Nomination, Best Photography – Documentary, Gemini Awards
Nomination, Best Editing – Documentary, Gemini Awards
Finalist, Pierre and Yolande Perrault Prize (Best emerging documentary director), RVCQ
Distribution: Informaction
Diffusion: CBC Newsworld, ARTV, RIDM, HOT DOCS, South by SouthWest Film Festival, RVCQ

Warshaw on the Main Bande annonce Visionnement du film
documentary, 52 min, English, 1998
Warshaw sur la Main
documentary, English with French subtitles, 1998

Warshaw on the Main is a slice-of-life film about the people who inhabit Warshaw, the unsual supermarket-turned-import-bazar on Boulevard St-Laurent. Run by its founding family, Warshaw has been a neighbourhood stronghold since the thirties and became a symbol of the Main, one of Montreal’s most vital and culturally diverse areas. It is its own microcosm, defying every supermarker rule of thumb, except the one that says customers should feel a human touch. Funny and often touching, it is the people who make this story come alive. Themes: society, urbanization

Distribution: Informaction
Diffusion: CBC Newsworld, CFCF 12 Montreal, Festival Images du nouveau monde


Tally Abecassis graduated from Concordia University, Montreal, in 1996 with a specialization in Communications Studies. Her first documentary, Warshaw on the Main, a slice-of-life documentary about a group of cashiers working at a landmark Montreal supermarket, played on television around the world and at numerous festivals. Her second documentary, Lifelike (2005), followed participants at a taxidermy competition as well as a woman getting her beloved dog freeze-dried. Lifelike played at Hot Docs, SXSW and the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, among others, and was aired by several international broadcasters. In Small Wonders (2009), Tally filmed 3 small mom-and-pop store-owners for a period of ten years. It premiered at Hot Docs and toured the festival circuit. Unlikely Treasures, her fourth documentary, was about collectors of unexpected objects and their seemingly irrational passion. It had its world premiere at the Full Frame Festival in May 2011.
In addition to her film work, Tally published Barbershops with photographer Claudine Sauvé, a book about those slowly-disappearing temples of manhood. She also is the co-curator and co-host of This Really Happened, a popular live storytelling event.
Currently, Tally is the host and producer of First Day Back, a documentary podcast series that chronicles peoples’ comebacks.

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Documentary First Day Back podcast website
Informaction director page
Warshaw sur la Main movie page
Warshaw on the Main movie page
Plus vrai que nature movie page
Lifelike movie page
Small Wonders movie page
Les collectionneurs movie page
Unlikely Treasures movie page

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