At Esperamos, our team shares a commitment and a global vision of the world that is all at once realistic, poetic, and full of hope…
As an author, director and producer, Hugo Latulippe has been actively involved in documentary filmmaking, television and digital production for twenty years. His films have been selected for the most prestigious festivals including Cannes, Sundance IDFA (Amsterdam), Nyon (Switzerland) and TIFF (Toronto), and received several awards in Quebec and around the world. Hugo is currently President of the “Observatoire du documentaire”, which serves as an umbrella organization for major professional audiovisual associations as well as institutions, broadcasters and distributors working in the documentary field in Quebec and Canada. He has sat on numerous national and international juries and regularly teaches at INIS (Institut national de l’image et du son) in Montreal. Audiences have grown to love Hugo’s distinctive take on the world, often marked by poetry and humanity. He is also well known for his political commitments on social and environmental issues. In 2005, he founded Esperamos, a production company that became part of Groupe Fair-Play in 2016 and where he now acts as Artistic Director and Executive Producer.
Mathieu Roy’s involvement focuses on documentary and fiction filmmaking; he has worked with several inspiring artists, including Martin Scorsese. Over the course of his studies at INIS (Institut national de l’image et du son), he directed four short films and met filmmaker François Girard (Le violon rouge, Trente-deux films brefs sur Glenn Gould) with whom he began collaborating. In 2003, Mathieu was Martin Scorsese’s personal assistant during the filming of The Aviator. In 2005, his movie François Girard en trois actes won the Gémeau for Best Cultural Documentary. In 2006, working alongside journalist Pierre Nadeau, he directed La peau de léopard, a documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2009, his film Mort à Venise : un voyage musical avec Louis Lortie opened Montreal’s FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art). In 2011, he completed Ecclestone : la formule du pouvoir (Ecclestone’s Formula), a documentary about the famous F1 bagman’s system. His next documentary feature, Surviving Progress, shot in China, Brazil and North America is a reflexion on the ideology of progress and its ravages and on where civilization is heading. US film critic Roger Ebert said the film was “bone chilling, entertaining and coherent. It tells the truth!” In 2013, Mathieu releases his first fiction feature, L’autre maison, a drama about a family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015, he followed Martin Scorsese as his personal documentary filmmaker and guest director on his feature Silence. Mathieu then prepared Paradoxe de la faim, an expressionist documentary about the global food crisis and rural humanity; next is Guns and Band-aids, a documentary essay based on the bestseller by Canadian humanitarian doctor Samantha Nutt.
Michel has been developing and producing television shows for over twenty years. Before co-founding Fair-Play in 1998, he was Head of Development and Creative Consultant for Québec broadcaster, TVA. He’s a keen observer of the human condition, a huge TV fan and a walking encyclopedia when it comes to broadcasting and the television industry. He is Fair-Play’s Executive Producer, a title he shares with Guy Villeneuve.
Fair-Play’s cofounder, Guy Villeneuve has produced internationally acclaimed television series in Europe and managed production licenses around the world. He was producer for Just for Laugh Gags and the French and German versions of Surprise sur prise, two hidden-camera shows and the two most widespread Canadian television formats around the world. Guy is a people guy, inquisitive, engaging and easy to talk to… So, needless to say, he knows everyone’s story at Fair-Play! He is the company’s Executive Producer, along with business partner Michel St-Cyr.