Jean-François Lesage is an award-winning film director and producer who has been working in the industry for over 25 years. He is best known for his feature films, including 'The Valley' (2005), 'The Red Room' (2008), and 'Crows Nest' (2012). He has also directed several short films, documentaries, and television shows.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Lesage studied cinematography at Montreal's National Film Board and graduated in 1988. After a few years of working in the film industry, he formed his own production company, Lesage Films, in 1994. Lesage began directing his own films in 2000, starting with the documentary 'The Valley.' This film was a critical success, receiving awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival.
His next feature film, 'The Red Room,' was an intense psychological drama about a young mother struggling with postpartum depression. It was well received by critics and audiences alike and won the Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Lesage's 2012 feature, 'Crows Nest,' was an ambitious and sprawling drama about a family in rural Canada. It was a critical and commercial success, and won the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In addition to his feature films, Lesage has directed several documentaries, including 'The Missing Piece' (2006), 'Call It Home' (2010), and 'The Promise' (2013). He is also well-known for his television work, having directed episodes of 'The L Word,' 'Flashpoint,' and 'Rookie Blue.'
Lesage is an accomplished director who has won numerous awards for his work, including the Prix Jutra for Best Picture for 'Crows Nest.' He is an active member of the Canadian film industry and has been recognized for his contributions to the art of filmmaking. He continues to produce and direct films of all genres, and is currently working on an independent feature film in Montreal.