Producer, Writer, Director
Conceived, produced, written and directed by MICHAEL SIMARD, "Bruno's Blues" marks his first feature length film. An accomplished photographer, artist and successful business entrepreneur, Simard previously produced and directed "Pina" a short film about a Greenwich Village widow whose life takes an unexpected turn when she joins a senior's centre. The film was accepted at the Yorkton Short Film Festival. Simard completed the New York Film Academy's intensive film course at the Tribeca Film Centre. After working his way from the ground up in the food service industry, Simard eventually founded a wholesale food supply company and further developed his business acumen by creating a series of successful real estate investment projects. A self confessed contemporary jazz aficionado, Simard's friendship with Chicago based Jazz pianist Dick Reynolds led him to meet some of the jazz world's veteran performers. It also sparked his motivation to make a documentary focused on jazz musicians. His interest in the visual arts started at an early age during his Ontario, Canada boyhood when Simard created a series of 8 mm short films on a Kodak windup camera. He also developed his photography and painting skills, specializing in landscape and nature images. In his twenties, Simard moved to the Caribbean and opened an art gallery on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis, took up underwater photography and had his artworks commissioned by luxury resorts in islands like St. Barts and Anguilla. An active philanthropist, Simard tragically lost his beloved wife and partner of 16 years in an airplane disaster in 2006. He established the Anne Marie Bailey Fund in her memory to support sick children. Simard currently makes his home in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.