Mémoires d’un magasin général

While Julie dreams of leaving her small Ontario town to become a great filmmaker, she crosses paths with Mr. Claude Provost, owner of the general store and WWII veteran.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Jocelyn Forgues

Director’s statement

Jocelyn Forgues says:

“When my kids were in elementary school I always knew Remembrance Day was around the corner because my kids would come home from school with the yearly assignment to talk to a family member who had been to war.

The problem with this assignment is that not all families know someone who has served our country. And my kids would get upset with me, afraid they’d get an F for not completing the task.

Unfortunately it took me a few years to realize what I knew all along: the owner of the old-fashioned general store in my home town, Mr. Claude Provost, is a WWII veteran. Wouldn’t it be great if he agreed to talk to us in front of the camera and act as a surrogate family member to all the children who didn’t have anything to report on Remembrance Day?

I thought the idea was great but it took a few years, a few grant applications and a few pitches before I was able to get help from the Ontario Arts Council and the Township of North Stormont to make it all happen. To them, I humbly say thank you for your support.

It’s funny how sometimes you set out to do something simple, personal, just because you feel compelled to do it.

When I made Mémoires d’un magasin général/Memoirs of a General Store I never anticipated it to be selected in so many festivals – from the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA) in Moncton all the way to the Reel 2 Real Int’l Film Festival in Vancouver, while stopping at the Cinéfranco in Toronto, Freeze Frame in Winnipeg and many other venues across the country. And now, here it is at the NSI Online Short Film Festival!

What a privilege, and what a great journey this short film has had and has brought me. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as my team and I had the pleasure of making it.”

About Jocelyn Forgues

Jocelyn-Forgues

Born in Ontario, Jocelyn Forgues attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and pursues an acting career in French and English on stage and in front of the camera.

Jocelyn is multi-talented and has penned plays and directed stage shows that have been seen across Canada and in the United States.

Thanks to Telefilm Canada’s bursaries, and after intensive training at the Institut national de l’image et du son in screenwriting and directing, Jocelyn crossed over to the other side of the camera and is now very busy collaborating with multiple producers on different television and web series.

Recently, Jocelyn directed over 150 short videos that were filmed with French students in every Canadian province and territory for a new upcoming web project. He has also independently produced and directed short films that have been seen across Canada and abroad.

4 comments

  1. Diane Thauvette

    Excellent reportage…surtout en étant native de Moose Creek! Wow! J’aimerais me procurer 3 copies de ce court métrage pour les offrir à mes proches…est-ce possible?
    Félicitation encore et merci de considérer…
    Diane Thauvette

    • Merci Diane pour ce gentil commentaire. En effet, il est possible de se procurer des copies de ce court métrage au magasin général Provost à Moose Creek. Il fait partie d’un coffret avec 2 dvd. Le 2e dvd contient des extraits d’entrevues des gens de la communauté. Le 2e dvd n’est pas sous-titré en anglais, cependant. S’il ne vous est pas possible de vous rendre au magasin général Provost, écrivez moi un mot en réponse à ce commentaire et on essayera d’organiser quelque chose. Merci encore.

  2. Rob Provost

    Thank you for making such a touching and heartfelt film, an amazing story about an amazing man who happens to be my uncle, my dads brother. My family grew up in Moose Creek and moved to Cornwall shortly after I was born. Still living in Cornwall, I am 45 yrs old now and I am very proud to call Mr. Claude Provost my uncle. And thank you again for such a great film.
    Rob Provost

    • Thank you, Rob, for your comment. It was a great privilege for me to have Mr. Claude Provost accept to partake in this adventure. You are so right, he truly is an amazing man with an amazing story. I hope his story can be shared with future generations. Lest we forget.

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