CASTOR IS FRENCH FOR BEAVER is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. View more Semifinalist films at

Multidisciplinary design firm, Castor is known for recontextualizing discarded materials. Three of their most iconic designs are lights repurposed from items most people intend for the trash - the Tube Light from used fluorescent tube lamps; the Tank Light from expired fire extinguishers; the Invisible Chandelier from piles of assorted burnt out light bulbs - all of which are the subject of this film, CASTOR IS FRENCH FOR BEAVER.

We meet and observe the team of Castor’s small Toronto operation - first fabricator Darryl Mahoney on his journey to pull together the pieces that make up the Tank Light, followed by partner Kei Ng's description of how a seemingly ugly item has beauty in a restored context and finally Brian Richer, founding partner and principal designer, who explains the philosophy behind finding new use in the most un-reusable items on the planet.

Produced + Directed by: Carling Acthim + Lana Mauro
Cinematographer: Max Chin
Additional Filming by: Amos LeBlanc
Story Editor: Adrienne Reid
Edited by: Pete O’Hara
Sound Recorder: Finlay Brainwaite
Sound Mixer: Andy Fench
Original Score: James Shaw
Graphics: Carolyn Atyeo


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