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Barbara Willis Sweete


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Barbara Willis Sweete graduated from Western University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Music degree and was a founding partner of Rhombus Media in 1979. She has received an honorary degree from York University as well as numerous awards from the Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Yorkton and Banff film festivals. Considered to be one of Canada’s pre-eminent directors of dance and music films she made her feature debut with the film, Perfect Pie. Starting in 2009, in addition to her film and television projects, Sweete began directing a series of live productions for the Metropolitan Opera of New York. Produced in High Definition television, the operas were broadcast live to 1200 cinemas in 42 countries around the world.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Zivjeli! To Life! (1982)
The Magnificat (1985)

The Sorceress (TV-1993)
The Planets (TV-1994)
Fanfares (1994, shprt)
Dido & Aeneas (1995)
Bach Cello Suite # 3: Falling Down Stairs (1997)
Canadian Brass: A Christmas Experiment (TV-1997)
Journey (TV-1997)

Don Giovanni: Leoporello’s Revenge (2000)
Perfect Pie (2002)
Romeo and Juliet (TV-2002)
The Firebird (TV-2003)
Elizabeth Rex (TV-2003)
Five Days in September: The Rebirth of an Orchestra (TV-2005)
The Magic Flute (TV-2005)
The Young Romantic: A Portrait of Yundi Li (2008)
The Whirlwind of Your Passion: A Philanthropist’s Dream (2009, short)

A Composer’s Dream (2011, short)
Billy Bishop Goes to War (2011)

TV Series – At least 1 episode of:
Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach (1997)

Great Performances: Don Giovanni Unmasked (2001)
Slings and Arrows (2003, 2005)
Metropolitain Opera: Live in HD (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Perfect Pie, movie, poster,

Billy Bishop Goes to War, movie, poster,