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Andre Vaillancourt
Born in Montreal, Canada, André Vaillancourt received a classical education, learning Latin, Greek and English from Jesuit run establishments, graduating from Saint-Ignace College in 1968.  In search of his roots he continued his studies in France and successfully established himself as a singer- songwriter, signing a seven-year contract with Polygram, a division of Philips Records.  That yielded two long-play albums and generated numerous concert dates in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Canada, Lebanon and Morocco, opening for such acts as Genesis and Fleetwood Mac. 

Moving to California in 1978 marks the beginning of the journey from music to film and television.  Starting as an office clerk at The Music Staff in Studio City, soon he rises to  managerial duties for the music copy services catering to film and television composers.  Next he joins Brandman Productions in the development of projects from theater to television participating in different capacity from coverage and research to budgets, breakdowns and scheduling. The programs made for cable television, find him around the set, assimilating all aspects of the process and following through in post-production.  He also learns contracts and accounting as well as distribution and marketing. 

In 1988, he and associate Martha Benedek found Golden Screen Enterprises to develop screenplays and promote post-production services.  The association lasts three years until Ms. Benedek marries and moves to England.  As he continues to develop the business, he is contracted by Euro-American Television to write and direct a feature film entitled “Lady Blues” aka "No Witness"; it yields a better experience than result.  It also leads him into editing five independent feature films and a string of television programs for network and cable television.

Throughout his career, he consults with several different entities on production, post-production, marketing and distribution for independent projects.  He has attended numerous trade shows, including the American Film Market in Los Angeles, California, MIP in Cannes, France and the Independent Film Market in New York City.

Over the years, Andre also works with The Mobius Society in Los Angeles, California,  a Para-psychology Research Institute. As a remote viewer he participates in experiments in archeology, financial projections and criminal cases and even appears on The Merv Griffin Show as the subject of a live remote-viewing experiment.

Motivated by a deep interest in metaphysics and mysticism, in 2001 Golden Screen Enterprises start filming in India on the documentaries, “Kumbh Mela” and in 2003, “Samadhi”. In 2006 "Gypsy Soul" begins filming in France and in Rajasthan. These documentaries explore positive aspects that elevate the human spirit and promote the collaboration and unification of all people.

Vaillancourt is a skilfull editor on Avid and Final Cut Pro systems alike, having worked on countless documentaries and reality programs for cable and network television. He is constantly expanding his knowledge of the digital world.


Allahabad, India




             Whitefield, India




                  Ujjain, India


He also composes, arranges and produces music for his documentaries, and Golden Screen Enterprises is affiliated with BMI USA as a music publishing entity.


His personal interests lie in meditation, yoga and esoteric practices, scholar studies and research in metaphysics. He is a member of USA Hockey Coaching Achievement Program at the  Master Level since 1994.

He is fluent in French and English with some knowledge of Italian and Spanish and is currently studying Hindi. Andre is a citizen of Canada and of the United States of America but more so he is a citizen of the world.

  
                    Dewas, India