The Ghosts In Our Machine


Nicholas de Pencier is a director, producer, and director of photography specializing in documentary for the past 20 years. He is President of Mercury Film.

As both producer and DOP  his credits include Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (International Emmy). Also The Holier It Gets, (Best Cultural and Best Independent at Hot Docs, Geminis for best writing, editing, and direction in a documentary series). He also produced and shot The True Meaning of Pictures (TIFF, Sundance, Best Arts Doc Gemini), and Hockey Nomad (nominated for three Geminis, won Best Sports). He also co-directed, produced and photographed for TVOntario a series of 40 short profiles on artists who have received Ontario Arts Council grants over the past 40 years.

He produced Manufactured Landscapes, (Chum City Award – best Canadian feature TIFF, Genie for best Doc, distributed in 15 countries). He also directed and partially shot Four Wings and a Prayer, (Grand Prix Pariscience,  Banff Rockie, Jules Verne Nature Award, Gemini nominations for Best Science, Cinematography and Direction, Emmy nomination for PBS NOVA version).  He was producer and DOP on Act of God (Hot Docs opening night Gala). Along with ongoing DOP work for docs and doc series on CBC, History, Discovery, NatGeo and others, he has recently been shooting the documentary adaptation of Payback, Margaret Atwood’s Massey Lecture on debt, released theatrically in Canada in March 2012 and producing and shooting a feature doc on water with Edward Burtynsky.

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