“You never know what’s coming, and it’s real people living through real events,” Leroux-Lévesque says.
The couple has travelled extensively in Quebec and abroad to document the unique lives and careers of individuals. Their stories highlight societal ills, social activism and collective action.
Getting emotionally involved with their characters comes with the territory, and Rist admits that almost all of their films have brought them to tears at some point. This is especially true with larger projects, which require a deep level of financial and emotional investment.
While most of the documentaries they have produced over the last seven years were commissioned by various organizations, they assert that accepting this type of work is the secret to any documentary filmmaker’s survival.
Rist and Leroux-Lévesque are partners both in work and in life. After completing a student film project together in 2006, they began dating and have been inseparable ever since.