The Disappearance of John Ashby
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Photographer John Ashby lived and worked on Cape Breton Island in eastern Nova Scotia. Struggling to keep ahead, photography had taken a back seat to house building. Just when Ashby had created a successful construction business he abruptly disappeared to New York City. His friends and neighbours began immediately to speculate on his whereabouts and the cause of his disappearance. Was it work...or a woman? Meanwhile, we catch up with John Ashby on the streets of New York City, musing on life, his past and his future. Though the mystery is never completly resolved, the film uses humour to explore the serious side of contemporary life in rural Atlantic Canada, where leaving ones' community because of the harshness of life has become the norm.

1990
Canada
15:43
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Neal Livingston
Camera
Neal Livingston
Editing
Neal Livingston
Sound
Jeff Shatford
Avrum Katz
Music
Patsy Palmer
Production
Black River Productions
Neal Livingston

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Color
Color
Sound
Stereo

Documentation

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"In The Disappearance of John Ashby Livingston, in cinematic pursuit of a local character who has disappeared, retraces the steps of the absent subject to create a mystery without a murder and one of the more engaging documentaries in recent Canadian filmmaking."

Festival of Festivals, Black River Productions Ltd., Septembre 1992, [http://www.blackriver.ns.ca/john-ashby.html] (Consulted on september 15th 2009)

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Flight, Freedom, Journey, Portrait, Étas-Unis