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The Sinclair Inn and the Painted Room: Canada Wrapped up in a Building

'The Sinclair Inn and the Painted Room: Canada Wrapped up in a Building' is a 20-minute documentary and permanent museum visitor installation in the Sinclair Inn Museum in Annapolis Royal, NS. It was produced by the Annapolis Heritage Society and directed, filmed, and edited by Andrea Vandenboer.

The video documents the uncovering of the historic painted room hidden behind layers of old wallpaper in the earliest surviving Acadian building and very first Masonic Lodge in Canada, highlighting three hundred years of history, architecture and living. Filming took place from 2014-2018 as art conservator's uncovered what could be 175 year old paintings, some of which have been dated to about 1840 with some earlier and later artwork in the room. 'The Sinclair Inn and the Painted Room: Canada Wrapped up in a Building' illustrates the exciting discovery of the painted room, its mysteries, and the incredible building that reflects the preservation and conservation of original architecture from the early part of the 1700s.

There is an English and French version of the video situated on the second floor of the Sinclair Inn Museum beside the Painted Room.

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Director Biography

Andrea Vandenboer served as Director, Director of Photography and primary Videographer, Audio Recordist and Editor on the documentary 'The Sinclair Inn and the Painted Room: Canada Wrapped up in a Building.'

Andrea has produced, directed, edited, coordinated and filmed for documentaries, live events, experimental and animation films, promotional videos, fiction, and a variety of research projects. She has created a life rich with experiences in numerous locations working within several artistic mediums, in the theatre, music, fashion, and digital art industries and her travels have taken her throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America, the USA, and Canada. Andrea also has a history of creating memorable conferences, events, and festivals, and coordinated focus group planning, workshops and education programs. She formed her production company The Visual Blueprint Productions in 2005, now based in Nova Scotia and formerly co-partnered Theme Room Films in British Columbia. Andrea’s independent films often result in screenings at local and global venues with official selections for International Film Festivals and featured at educational institutions, conferences and events.

Her documentary film Climate Change and the Human Prospect earned Andrea a Women in Film and Television Atlantic Best Director nomination at the 2019 Screen Nova Scotia Awards and audiences are finding the film to be inspirational in addressing climate change issues. Climate Change and the Human Prospect was officially released on August 24, 2018.

The documentary Silent No More - Louise Pentz: A Voice for Social Change ( co-produced and directed with Grace Butland has shown in educational institutions, received awards (Audience Choice, Gold Winner, Jury Award Best Short) and continues to screen across North America and on the international film circuit from India to the UK. Festivals include the 2016 Canadian International Film Festival, Vancouver BC; 2016 Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto ON; 2016 36th Atlantic Film Festival (FIN), Halifax NS; 2017 Shorts On Tap, London, UK; 2018 Global Impact Film Festival, Washington DC, USA and 2019 Women Deliver Film Festival, Vancouver BC.

As Picture Editor for the award-winning documentary Lets Find A Way, Andrea received the Award for Best Editor at the 2009 Toronto ReelHeart International Film Festival, ON. It won the Best Short Documentary at the 2009 Washougal International Film Festival and Best Music Video Award 2009 On Location Memphis International Film Festival and 2009 Mexico International Film Festival.

Her feature documentary Greening the Cube - 100 Mile Housing ( co-produced and directed with Tyler A. Bradley has been featured at numerous collegiate and post-secondary institutions as an addendum to courses taught in Integrated Environmental Technologies and Green Building and attracted the interest of industry professionals, including the United States Green Building Council and screened internationally. Official selections include the Rossland Mountain Film Festival, BC, Globians Documentary Film Festival, Berlin Germany, and the Greenbuild International Film Festival, Chicago USA.

Andrea is a proud member of Screen Nova Scotia, Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE), Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT), Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative (AFCOOP) and the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC). She continues to cultivate collaborative endeavours and is excited to invite more her way!

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