director of photography

Nick de Pencier is a director, producer, and director of photography working in performing arts, documentary, and dramatic film. He is President of Mercury Films Inc. his Toronto based Production Company.

In documentary, he produced and photographed several award winning films including Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1999); The Holier It Gets (2000), The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia (2002); Hockey Nomad (2003) based on Dave Bidini’s best-selling book Tropic of Hockey about hockey in unlikely places around the globe; Four Wings and a Prayer (2006), about the migration of the Monarch butterfly, for Primitive Entertainment;and same year dePencier also produced the multiple award winning feature documentary Manufactured Landscapes about the photography of Edward Burtynsky.

de Pencier was a producer resident in the Canadian Film Centre’s 1997 Producers’ Lab, and produced one of four Short Dramatic Films, Cold Feet. He then produced The Uncles for the Feature Film Project, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2000. He was then Executive Overseeing Production on the successful Feature Film, Khaled.

As a cinematographer, de Pencier regularly shoots TV segments, modern dance, rock videos (Gord Downie, Skydiggers, Bob Wiseman), and documentaries including Streetcar, which was nominated in 2004 for a Performing Arts Best Direction Gemini.

His latest film Act of God - a Feature documentary about the metaphysics of being struck by lightning was the opening film of the 2009 HotDocs Documentary Film Festival in Toronto and is directed by Jennifer Baichwal.


The Poetry of Souvankham Thammavongsa

A Film by Paramita Nath