Currently based out of Ottawa Ontario and working with his music video company Billy Darts Productions, Gab Harpelle has established himself as a film editor, director and audio recordist. While Gab specializes in music video production, he also has a long history of working on documentary projects.
Gab Harpelle has been working in film for nearly a decade. A university graduate, he has worked on dozens of films doing boom and sound recording such as Seeking Bimaadiziiwin, Sharing Tebwewin, Le Printemps des Voyageurs, and the Hoito Project. Gab edited Hard Time, a film about former political prisoner Robert King, the only free member of the Angola 3. In addition he worked as assistant editor on the Citoyens du Monde series and has been the principle online editor for sheba film projects. Gabriel has also distinguished himself as an editor by cutting “A Question of Development” which is a series of 52 short online clips on research for development for the International Development Research Centre. Here are clips of interviews with M.S. Swaminathan about agriculture in Indian, with John Biehl about Canada and politics in Latin America, and with Satou Sarr about women in Africa. Among his editing credits is Northern Grown, a film about food security in Northern Ontario. Additionally he worked as 2nd Assistant Director on Big Finn Hall.
In 2011 Gab directed and edited a six part series on Francophone teen health for a website called TonDoc with l’Office National Du Film Du Canada. TonDoc is a documentary website that offers Franco-Ontarian youth between the ages of 13 and 18 a healthy and safe place to find and share information on the health topics of most importance to them. The website is designed as a four- person documentary, with filmmaker-bloggers in four different regions of the province. It has documentaries for viewing and a space in which teens can interact with and talk to health professionals and other TonDoc visitors.
Each month, TonDoc posts one or two new short home-grown documentaries that have been produced in Ontario’s Francophone communities. These videos act as the starting point for discussions on health topics such as sexuality, contraception, addiction, safe driving, mental health, sports, healthy eating, injury prevention, identity construction, and character development.
Francophone teens can participate in the videos, chat with the filmmakers in their region, suggest topics, comment on the films on-line, and become advocates for health in their community.
TonDoc is the result of a partnership between Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) and the National Film Board (NFB). It was produced with the co- operation of Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO) and with financial assistance from Société Santé en français, Health Canada, and the Government of Ontario.
For more information contact Gab Harpelle at Billydartsproductions@gmail.com