Nick de Pencier began making short films while studying at McGill University of Montreal, Canada in the late 1980's. He then moved to New York City and worked as a researcher for PBS in their documentary film division. Back in Toronto, he began working in production on feature films and produced and directed the video segments and interviews for the CD-ROM Understanding McLuhan, published by Southam/Voyager. He was a producer resident in the Canadian Film Center's 1997 Producers' Lab. As a Director of Photography, de Pencier has shot music videos, industrials, documentaries, segments for The National (Canada), and contributed regularly to CBC Newsworld's On The Arts and Ph@t TV. He has also directed and photographed seven modern dance performance films, which won awards at international festivals. He is the producer and cinematographer of Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles(1998) and Unlikely Pilgrimage (1998) both directed by Jennifer Baichwal.