André Desrochers

André Desrochers

Filmmaker, documentary maker and member of CACTUS

Documentary filmmaker by trade, André Desrochers has over 20 films to his credit. He has been actively involved in community television and currently sits on the Board of Directors of CACTUS.

Documentary filmmaker by trade, André Desrochers has over 20 films to his credit, including one made with the NFB and has represented Canada during the UNESCO tour for the Year of the Biosphere. A long-time assistant to Arthur Lamothe and Jean-Louis Frund, he has archived 80 half-hours on the theme of the Innu and 40 episodes featuring Canada’s northern wildlife. As a committed member of his community, he co-launched recycling in his municipality, co-founded Option Verte (Green Option), chaired the EHDAA (disabled students or students with adjustment problems orlearning disabilities) School Committee and Parents Committee, and, along with his spouse, set up a space tailored to disabled students; he was also a community leader opposed to the installation of the Suroît power station.

André Desrochers has also been involved in community television for over 25 years. As a volunteer leader of the CTGC (now TVSO) production team from 1987 to 2003, he was a co-founder of the only community television solidarity co-operative in Quebec (CSUR LA TÉLÉ), which broadcasts on both cable and the Internet. In the late 1990s, following the “Great Disconnect” of PPVs by Vidéotron, he was elected respectively director, treasurer and chair of the Fédération des télévisions communautaires autonomes du Québec (Quebec’s federation of independent community television stations). Their many representations led to the 2002 implementation of the Strategic Framework which the CRTC still uses as a reference in matters of community television.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors of CACTUS, and he was a member of the organizing team of the first national conference on Community Media Convergence held in the fallof2015.