"Last month, I was captivated and moved by the honesty of film maker Nina Beveridge in The Idealist, a documentary on the life and work of her father, James, one of the great Canadian names in the history of documentary film."
     - Ben Viccari, June 1, 2006, "Life Without a Father", In Canscene -

" The Idealist... his daughter Nina Beveridge puts a compelling new spin on his story. What emerges is the painful, haunting story of the price his wife and children paid for his globetrotting, saving-the-world career."
     - Martin Knelman, May 17, 2006, Toronto Star -

Other Articles

StarWeek - Documenting Dad by Jim Bawden, May 13 2006 -

Globe Television - To Watch Docs by Henrietta Walmark, May 13, 2006 -

Y-File, York University's Daily Bulletin, May 12, 2006 -

Toronto Sun - Head East, Young Man by Liz Braun, May 19, 2006


Press Release - May, 2009
The National Gallery of Art, U.S.A. presents:
The Idealist (followed by My Father's Studio)
Director and writer Nina Beveridge will be in attendance.
Sunday, June 21, at 4:30 pm
The National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
4th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

Press Release - January 2, 2007
As part of its James Beveridge alumni screening series,
The Department of Film at York University presents
A Tribute to James Beveridge

featuring a screening of the film
The Idealist: James Beveridge, Film Guru
Director and writer Nina Beveridge will be in attendace.
The screening will take place Thursday, February 22nd at
7:00pm in the Accolade East Cinema Theatre (ACE102).

This evening pays tribute to the many achievements of James Beveridge, the founder of the Film Department at York University, “an idealist who never let go of his dreams”. An early member of the National Film Board of Canada, James Beveridge was a disciple of John Grierson - making films with a political purpose to provoke social change. He was an inspirational mentor to many, but often ignored and abandoned his family. In her film, his daughter Nina retraces the steps of his complex career, wondering if it was worth the collateral damage.

Contact: Stephen Broomer,

The Idealist wins Platinum Remi at Worldfest Houston - April 30th, 2006
The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru received top honours at Worldfest Houston, taking the Platinum Remi Award in World Peace and Understanding at the April 30th awards ceremony in Houston. More than 4500 category entries were competing from 33 different countries. The category of World Peace and Understanding saw more than 50 competitors.
WorldFest is the third oldest film festival in North America and has just completed its 39th year. The festival was founded by filmmaker J. Hunter Todd and helped to discover such directors as Stephen Spielberg, the Coen brothers and Ridley Scott. For more information about the festival and the award, please visit
Nina notes, "My parents believed passionately that film should be used as a tool for social change around the world. They dedicated their lives to the pursuit of this ideal. It is heartwarming that this film is being honoured with the WorldFest Platinum Remi Award for World Peace and Understanding, and it is a testament to the success of my parent’s work."

The Idealist Accepted to Global Peace Film Festival - August 10, 2006
The 4th annual Global Peace Film Festival has invited The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru as an official selection to the festival. The Festival takes place in Orlando, Florida September 14th to the 21st, 2006. It showcases works that illustrate in a housand ways how peace can be achieved and how it gets destroyed by utilizing the power of moving image to further the goal of peace on Earth.
With numerous other submissions in the wings, stay tuned for further festival details.

The Idealist - Official Selection of the Calgary International Film Festival - June 21, 2006
The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru, has been selected to the Calgary International Film Festival. Nina Beveridge is currently discussing the screening of a small body of work by James Beveridge in conjunction with the film at the festival. We'll keep you updated.
The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a film festival held annually in Calgary, Canada for ten days in late September and early October. The film festival is a relatively new addition to Calgary's cultural scene and the first one was held in 2000. Since that time, it has grown to become one of the most important in Canada. It is now the fourth largest film festival in Canada. Attendance is usually around 40,000.
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The Idealist - Globians Film Festival - May 14, 2006
The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru has just been selected to the Globians Potsdam, World & Culture Film Festival in Germany. The film will premier on Tuesday, August 15th at 8:00PM.
This is the 2nd annual Globians Film Festival. It is about the need for a global understanding of regional issues may give birth to new type of individual life style: People who no longer live in just one community but have a geographical "life span" to several cultures and continents. Globians is about presenting movies on Globians®: the inhabitants of our globe with a global understanding of cultures, societies, politics, history and our life on earth.
Globians shows films about avant garde people who are in search of a "planetarian" life style in their projects. Those people are called "Globians®" and the Globians® film festival is the place to show profiles of this sort of people and cinematic introductions to their work and their understanding, their sensibility, their suffering and their success.
For more information, please visit

The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru Premiers! - May 9, 2006
After three long years, The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru, the POV documentary film about the life of prolific filmmaker James Beveridge as discovered and documented by his daughter Nina, premiers its feature length version at the NFB Cinema. The event was hugely successful with an attendance of nearly 100 friends, family, and filmmakers. Joanne Smale and her staff at Planet3 Communications did a wonderful job pulling it all together along with the Amazing Food Service. Thank you to both Rudy Buttignol, Commissioning Editor for TVOntario and to Peter Raymont, Executive Producer of the film, for their wonderful opening words. See the pictures for a look at the wonderful evening!

The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru selected Mumbai International Film Festival, India - December 2005 The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru, Beevision's feature length documentary film about Canadian filmmaker James Beveridge, has been selected to the 2006 Mumbai International Film Festival. The festival runs February 3rd to the 9th, 2006 in Mumbai, India. For more details on the festival please visit and stay tuned to the website for details on the outcome!
A television version of the film will air on the prestigious "The View from Here" on TVO in the Spring of 2006 - air dates will be posted on The Idealist website at

The Idealist - James Beveridge, Film Guru selected to Cork Film Festival, Ireland - September 8, 2005
The Idealist James Beveridge Film Guru, a feature length documentary film about Canadian filmmaker James Beveridge, has been selected to the 50th Cork Film Festival. For over two years, Nina Beveridge has been working away at this personal story, with the help of her partner Paul Hart and Executive Producer Peter Raymont. The film was chosen from over 2500 entrants to be screened in the Documentary Panorama. The festival takes place in Cork, Ireland from October 9th to October 16th, 2005. For more details on the festival please visit
A television version of the film will air on the prestigious "The View from Here" on TVO sometime in December - stay tuned for air date information.