Rex Tasker, Executive Producer and founder of the Atlantic production studio for the National Film Board, died at his home in Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia. He and his then-wife, Shelagh MacKenzie, had established the NFB studio in 1973 (which today is housed under the Quebec Atlantic Studio in Halifax, with a production office in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.) “Tasker produced and executive produced approximately 100 films during his tenure as head of the Atlantic studio, including such classics as Martin Duckworth’s 1978 documentary 12,000 Men, on Cape Breton’s labour struggle; Anne MacLeod’s 1980 sand animation short Death in the Spring; Kent Martin’s 1981 Miller Brittain; as well as Hugh Brody and Nigel Markham’s award-winning 1991 co-production, Hunters and Bombers.” (Source: NFB marks the passing of Atlantic founder Rex Tasker. Accessed online at: In 1982, the Rex Tasker Award was established at the Atlantic Film Festival for “the best documentary film made in the Atlantic region the previous year.” Rex Tasker shared his reflections on establishing the NFB Halifax studio in 2014. His interview can be viewed at: .