English Program

Projects in production and development

BC & Yukon Studio

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Genre / Length

Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer
Synopsis
Release
 

In Release

HOLY ANGELS

HOLY ANGELS
Short documentary

Director: Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Producer: Selwyn Jacob


On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands Angels Residential School, an ominous brick building, built in 1874. Using Holy Angels as a backdrop, filmmaker Jay Cardinal Villeneuve takes us on a healing journey that combines the stories of Elder Lena Wandering Spirit and the dance of Phoenix, a young girl who is the same age now that Lena was during her captivity at Holy Angels.

World premiere at ImagineNative 2017
SHOP CLASS

SHOP CLASS
Short animation

Director: Hart Snider
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse



A dark, humorous animated documentary following 14 year old Hart as he takes his first shop class. Although he wanted to enroll in Home Ec, he finds himself instead learning how to use industrial power tools from the ominous, tattooed Mr. P. Hart is challenged to make a cheese board, nearly gets suspended over a ukulele incident, and worries about being electrocuted by Mr. P’s final project. Will Hart be able to man up in time to survive the shocker?

Winter 2018
BEAUTY

BEAUTY
Short documentary

Director: Christina Willings
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse



Beauty explores the inner world of five children whose expression of gender doesn’t align with traditional notions of ‘male’ and ‘female’. These are gender creative kids for whom self‐invention is a daily act of authenticity, expressed with alternately joyful, impatient, and anxious disregard for conventional expectations.

Winter 2018
 

In Production

TRUE NORTH (CHASING THE NBA DREAM)

TRUE NORTH
Documentary series

(9 episodes)

Director: Ryan Sidhoo
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
In association with Red Bull Media House



The film follows the next generation of basketball players with hopes of making it to the NBA.  The series gives us an on and off the court look at families in Canada’s basketball hotbed of Toronto and shows us how basketball is shaping a new Canadian experience and identity.

Spring 2018
NYO Canada

nyo-canada

Mid-length documentary

Director: John Bolton
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
In association with National Youth Orchestra of Canada



The film will focus on the students of the National Youth Orchestra, as they prepare and perform their repertoire. They meet as 100 individuals who go through 5 weeks of extensive training. At a certain point in their journey, they fuse into a single orchestra and head out on a cross-Canada tour that lasts a month.

Spring 2018
THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN

THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN
Feature documentary

Director: Mirjam Leuze
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co-producer: Off Island Films & Red Cedar Films (Canada); Busse & Halberschmidt (Germany)



The story of a place between land and sea and its human and non-human inhabitants: the world of whales and people. Janie Wray and Hermann Meuter study whales in the quiet coastal waters of the Great Bear Rainforest. The former husband and wife team is closely supported by the local First Nation, until they are all caught in the middle of an energy battle.

Summer 2018
MY VOICE MY RIGHT

MY VOICE MY RIGHT
Mid length documentary

Director: Baljit Sangra
Producer: Selwyn Jacob



The story of a conservative Indo-Canadian family from small-town Northern BC that comes to terms with a family secret of sexual abuse by a cousin that has haunted three sisters from their early childhood to the present. The sisters had planned to keep the abuse a secret forever, but almost 25 years later, they suspect that the cousin is still abusing other family members.

Fall 2018
THE ZOO

the-zoo
Short animation

Director: Julia Kwan
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co-producer: Fire Horse Productions



When all the animals at the Stanley Park zoo were relocated after living years in the unnatural, concrete habitats built in the 60s, Tuk, the geriatric polar bear, is the only animal left behind because he was deemed too old to move. From his sunken perspective of the world, we experience his world in the small concrete pit in an abandoned zoo, as well as an elderly man who makes a visit one day.

Fall 2018
SOVERGEIGN SOIL

SOVERGEIGN SOIL

Feature documentary

Director: David Curtis
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co-producer:  Jackleg Films Inc.



A documentary about food security, from the point of view of modern day back-to-the-landers. The film unfolds over four seasons, in a year of successes and failures for food producers and gatherers as they provide local food to the people of Dawson City, Yukon.

Winter 2019
 

In Development

MY BROTHER’S STORY

Mid length documentary

Director: Loretta Todd
Producer: Selwyn Jacob



Following decades of estrangement, Métis director Loretta Todd renews ties with an older brother who left Canada years ago to build a new life in Africa, working as a bush pilot for UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies. Situating her family history within the continuum of her people’s ancestral experience, she hopes to repair a fractured sibling bond – and replenish the “emptiness of stories untold.”

THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS

THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS

Feature documentary

Director: Jennifer Abbott
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co-producers: Flying Eye Productions; Off Island Productions



This personal and philosophical documentary delves into the deep recesses of grief; both the filmmaker’s own grief after the death of her sister Saille and a larger, collective grief about the state of the natural world, especially climate change.

HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN

HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN

Short documentary

Director: Sandra Ignagni
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse



Set entirely on No. 5 Road in Richmond, BC, where alongside a single block of suburban highway we find over 25 diverse buildings of worship–and one bar. A visual and sonic exploration of a uniquely Canadian landscape, the film presents a reflection on the myths and realities of multiculturalism, cultural integration, and religious freedom in 21st century Canada.

 
VOICES ACROSS THE WATER

VOICES ACROSS THE WATER

Mid length documentary

Director: Fritz Mueller
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co- Producer: Sagafish Media



Voices Across the Water is about three master canoe builders who hold on by threads to traditional watercraft that once held up entire civilizations. At a glance, these men lead very different lives and come from disparate places – Northern Canada, Coastal Alaska, South Pacific – but they are connected as practitioners of the disappearing art of traditional canoe construction.

 
THE WAY OF THE HUNTER

THE WAY OF THE HUNTER

Short documentary

Director: Robert Moberg
Producer: Selwyn Jacob



This POV documentary steps into the much-contested territory of hunting. Told through the eyes of a filmmaker who received his first rifle at the age of 12 as a gift from his father to help put food on the table. As an adult, Robert has been pulled into the heated public debate about trophy hunting, and, after a particularly profound and moving encounter with a First Nations hereditary chief, has found himself looking at hunting through a different lens.

 
TWO APPLES

TWO APPLES

Short animation

Director: Bahram Javahry
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse



In pursuit of a better future, a young girl decides to emigrate. She leaves her homeland behind along with her belongings and her loved ones. In the new country she realizes the depth of her venture, and discovers that the only thing she carries with her from her homeland, is a symbol of love.

 

 

Quebec & Atlantic Studio

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In Release
SHAMAN

SHAMAN
Short animation

Director: Echo Henoche
Producer: Kat Baulu



Shaman tells the story of how a polar bear was transformed into the iconic mountain in the community of Nain, Labrador. This is the first animation by emerging Nain artist Echo Henoche.

imagineNative2017

American Indian Film Festival 2017

OUR PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED

OUR PEOPLE WILL BE HEALED

Feature documentary

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Director and Producer: Alanis Obomsawin



Children’s rights have been a central theme in much of the work by veteran director Alanis Obomsawin. Her latest film takes her to the remote Cree community of Norway House, Manitoba; where she turns her lens on a school that’s developed an innovative and engaging approach to educating First Nations students.

TIFF Master’s Program, imagineNative, Vancouver, Calgary and Atlantic Film Festivals 2017
THREE THOUSAND

Three Thousand
Short documentary

Director: Isabella Weetalukuk
Producer: Kat Baulu



Isabella mines the NFB stockshot library, reframing historic images of Inuk life within a poetic new optic. “I’m an urban Inuk, living at several degrees of separation from traditional culture, and I bring my own perspective to the project.” Working in collaboration with animator Patrick Doan, she shines a bright light on the past, recasting ancestral experience within a lively personal vision of the future.

RIDM, Insurgence/Resurgence Winnipeg Art Gallery and winner of Best Experimental award at imagineNative2017
1999 WISH YOU WERE HERE

MATHIEU-MARTIN 1999 WISH YOU WERE HERE
Feature length documentary

Director: Samara Grace Chadwick
Producers: Kat Baulu, Jacques Gautreau
Co-producers: Sarah Spring & Selin Murat, Parabola Films and Aline Schmid, Beauvoir Films



Fifteen years after a wave of youth suicide swept through École Mathieu-Martin, Moncton’s only French-language high school, Samara Grace Chadwick returns to her alma mater to parse the legacy of those troubling times. Moving fluidly between French, English and Acadian chiac, students past and present reflect on life, loss, and growing up Acadian. A compassionate and impressionistic paean to youth.

International Francophone Film Festival Acadie 2017
THE GIRLS OF MERU

THE GIRLS OF MERU

Feature documentary

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Director: Andrea Dorfman
Producer: Annette Clarke



In Kenya, one in three girls will experience sexual violence before age 18, yet police investigations are the exception. But 160 girls banded together with a multinational legal team led by Canadian lawyer Fiona Sampson and Kenyan social worker Mercy Chidi Baidoo and created legal history. In The Girls of Meru, acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Dorfman tells the troubling yet uplifting story of these children and their brave steps towards meaningful equality for girls worldwide.

Spring 2018
 

In Production

LOVE, SCOTT

Love, Scott
Feature documentary

Director: Laura Marie Wayne
Producer: Annette Clarke



Laura Wayne’s debut feature documentary about Scott Jones, a young Canadian musician who was left paralyzed by a targeted, homophobic attack on the streets of small town Nova Scotia.

Winter 2018
THE SONG AND THE SORROW

THE SONG AND THE SORROW
Short documentary

Director: Millefiore Clarkes
Producer: Rohan Fernando, Paul McNeill



Folk musician Catherine MacLellan walks in the complicated shadow of her late father Gene MacLellan, the Canadian songwriting legend who shot to fame with hits like Snowbird and Put Your Hand in the Hand – only to take his own life in 1995. Decades after his death, she seeks new insight into her gifted but tormented dad. A lyrical verité doc that dissects myths surrounding mental illness and creativity while honouring a singular musical legacy.

Spring 2018
FAR AWAY FROM FAR AWAY

FAR AWAY FROM FAR AWAY

Interactive project

Written by: Michael Crummey
Director: Bruce Alcock
Producers: Annette Clarke, Rob McLaughlin



Inspired by conversations with Zita Cobb, the woman behind the innovative economic and artistic transformation of Fogo Island; Michael Crummey crafts a very specific story that ultimately connects the wisdom of walking tall with one step firmly in the past, and the other firmly in the future.

Spring 2018
JORDAN’S PRINCIPLE

Mid length documentary

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Producers: Alanis Obomsawin, Annette Clarke



Alanis Obomsawin documents the life of Jordan River Anderson and the impact of his death on his home community and federal legislation. Jordan was a child from Norway House First Nation who suffered from a rare muscular disorder that required years of medical treatment in a Winnipeg hospital. After spending over two years in hospital while governments argued over who should pay for his at-home care, Jordan died in a hospital in 2005 at the age of 5.

Summer 2018
BECOMING LABRADOR

BECOMING LABRADOR
Feature documentary

Directors: Justin Simms, Tamara Segura, Rohan Fernando
Producer: Annette Clarke



It’s a long way from South East Asia to Labrador – but a small Filipino community is taking root in Goose Bay. While “Auntie Pitt” is a seasoned old-timer, more recent arrivals are still adjusting to life in an unfamiliar northern universe. A sensitive study in migration and separation, longing and new beginnings – all set against the striking Labrador landscape. A collaboration with writer/poet Michael Crummey.

Summer 2018
ELEPHANT – 1967

Elephant1967
Animated documentary

Directors: Colin MacKenzie, Aparna Kapur
Producer: Kat Baulu



A true story of epic size and error. In 1967, a bull elephant and his mahout arrive in Halifax, a gift from an East Indian trading company. Having walked over one hundred miles to get to the ship that would bring them to Nova Scotia, the pair was not prepared for the cold climate and foreign culture.

Fall 2018
RIVER SILENCE

RIVER SILENCE

Feature documentary

Director: Rogerio Soares
Producer: Annette Clarke
Co-producer: Bob Moore, EyeSteel



FilmIn the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, the world’s third largest hydroelectric project is nearing the end of construction. Meanwhile, Belo Sun, a new open-pit Canadian gold mine, is preparing to initiate operations. This observational feature documentary will explore the complex tensions between large scale development projects and community impacts through the stories of displaced fishing families, Indigenous tribes, farmers and small scale miners.

Winter 2019
CONVICTION

CONVICTION
Feature documentary

Directors: Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke
Producer: Annette Clarke
Co-Producer: Teresa MacInnes, Sea to Sea Productions



Women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population in Canada. A collaboration between three Atlantic filmmakers in deep consultation with the Elizabeth Fry Society and women who are in prison, Conviction imagines a different kind of world – one that prevents women from entering prison in the first place.

Winter 2019
LUBEN & ELENA

Elena and Luben
Mid length documentary

Director: Ellie Yonova
Producer: Annette Clarke



In 1992, two young Bulgarian artists “forgot” to re-board their plane and with $65.00 and a small baby girl, decided to make Newfoundland their home. Twenty-five years later, and still in love, Luben and Elena are citizens of the world, continually exploring the value of art and love in making the most of life’s meaning.

Winter 2019
ASSHOLES, A THEORY

ASSHOLES, A THEORY

Feature documentary

Director: John Walker
Producer: Annette Clarke
Co-producer: John Walker, A Rude Film Inc.



Intellectually provocative and existentially necessary, filmmaker John Walker examines best-selling author Aaron James’ book Assholes, a Theory. Taking a playful approach to uncovering defining characteristics, the film examines how and why asshole behavior is on the rise, affecting many – in the workplace, in government, at home. Assholes is a timely and urgent reminder of our collective responsibility to call out abuses of power.

Winter 2019
FORBIDDEN REEL

FORBIDDEN REEL
Feature documentary

Director: Ariel Nasr
Producers: Kat Baulu, Paul McNeill
Co-producer: Sergeo Kirby, Loaded Pictures



Forbidden Reel tells the dramatic history of Afghanistan’s film industry—a history that parallels Afghanistan’s own story. It is a tale of resistance and courage, the irrepressible nature of self-expression, and the charismatic filmmakers who risked their lives so Afghanistan’s cinema could be screened to the world.

Spring 2019
4 NORTH A

4 NORTH A

Short animation

Director: Jordan Canning, Howie Shia
Producer: Annette Clarke
Co-producer: Jordan Canning, Get Set Films



Over the course of 24 hours in a hospital ward, two young women face mortality and the meaning of life.

Summer 2019
 

In Development

CHILDHOOD

Feature documentary

Director: Peter Svatek
Producer: Annette Clarke



In Todd Dickey’s classroom at the Cross Cultural Learner Centre in London, ON, you’ll find kids of all ages who have recently arrived from Syria, Colombia, Iraq, the Congo, Myanmar and Uganda. In the safety of the classroom, this is the beginning of a new life in Canada and over the course of a year we hope to document their fears and dreams, in their words, and through their young eyes.

RE-IMAGINING NOVA SCOTIA

Short documentary (3)

Directors: Rachel Bower, Sandi Rankaduwa, Jason Young
Producer: Rohan Fernando



Nova Scotia is known for its traditional and historical connections. From its music, to its arts and crafts, from its cuisine to its industries, our province has always had a clearly definable identity. Re-Imagining Nova Scotia are three short documentaries that break from this mold; stories that surprise and deepen our understanding of ourselves.

NON-COMPLIANCE

Mid-length documentary

Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Producers: Alanis Obomsawin, Annette Clarke



February 23, 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the filing of the human rights complaint that found Canada racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children by providing inequitable child welfare services and failing to implement Jordan’s Principle. Director Alanis Obomsawin is committed monitoring the Canadian Government actions to provide additional funding and effective solutions to solve the problems that health services organisations are facing in First Nations reserves.

ANIMATION STUDIO

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MANIVALD

MANIVALD
Short Animation

Director: Chintis Lundgren
Producer: Jelena Popovic
Co-producer: Drasko Ivezic, Adriatic Animation and Chintis Lundgren, Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonstuudio



Manivald is still living at home with his mother. The day before his 33th birthday a hot young wolf called Toomas comes to fix their washing machine. A love triangle develops, which leaves Manivald more and more frustrated.

Launched in Zagreb and Annecy in June 2017
LA FEMME CANON

LA FEMME CANON

Short Animation

Directors: Albertine Zullo, David Toutevoix
Producer: Maral Mohammadian
Co-producers: Claude Barras, Helium Films and Jerome Duc-Maugé, Parmi les lucioles



A stop-motion film about love, and more precisely, about the daily wear and tear that can erode a relationship. The simple and poetic tale takes place after the frenzy of passion has dissipated, when things become dangerously quiet and the hardest part is yet to come.

Launched at Locarno in August 2017
ELEVEN MOVING MOMENTS WITH EVELYN LAMBART

ELEVEN MOVING MOMENTS WITH EVELYN LAMBART

Documentary

Director: Donald McWilliams
Producer: Maral Mohammadian



An instructive compilation about pioneer Ottawa animator Evelyn Lambart, playfully contextualized by filmmaker Donald McWilliams. “Behind every great man is a great woman”, so the saying goes.  In this case, it was Evelyn Lambart standing next to Norman McLaren, not behind him. Canada’s first woman animator, an under-recognised collaborator of McLaren for 21 years, who was a sterling animator in her own right.

Launched at OIAF in September 2017
DEYZANGEROO

DEYZANGEROO
Short Animation

Director: Ehsan Gharib
Producer: Maral Mohammadian



Deyzangeroo is a folk myth from the ancient Persian Gulf city of Bushehr. It’s a music and dance ritual – influenced by the city’s colonial rule by the British and Portuguese as well as by African slaves – imbued with the terror and magic of the lunar eclipse.

Launched at FNC in October 2017
 

In Production

FREAKS OF NURTURE

FREAKS OF NURTURE
Short Animation

Director: Alexandra Lemay
Producer: Maral Mohammadian



A stop-motion short about mealtime at a single-parent foster family home. With 9 biological and foster siblings, plus 8 pets, the scene is anything but picture perfect, but one person’s chaos is another person’s comfort. Directed by rising star Alexandra Lemay, the story is based on her own unusual childhood.

Winter 2018
CATERPILLARPLASTY

CATERPILLARPLASTY
Short Animation

Director: David Barlow-Krelina
Producer: Jelena Popovic



A terrifying metaphor of humanity at the crossroad of biology, aesthetic medical technology and butchery, where evolutionary paths are now limitless. David Barlow-Krelina (Hothouse 8) embarks on his next experimental narrative following on the successes of his first professional short, Bless You.

Winter 2018
TURBINE

TURBINE
Short Animation

Director: Alex Boya
Producer: Jelena Popovic



A surreal, romantic tragicomedy about a man who merges with his war plane and can no longer connect with his wife.

Winter 2018
MUSEUM OF SYMMETRY

MUSEUM OF SYMMETRY

Interactive Animation

Creator: Paloma Dawkins
Producer: Maral Mohammadian



This kaleidoscopic video game experiment is about a fiery 12-year old girl’s adventures in a natural history museum as she hunts for treasure and unexpectedly discovers the patterns that bind the natural wonders in the universe.

Winter 2018
BONE MOTHER

BoneMother
Short Animation

Directors: Sylvie Trouvé, Dale Hayward
Producer: Jelena Popovic



The ancient crone Baba Yaga is desperately caring for her ailing (but living!) house of bones and unintentionally becomes the mother of a legend.

Spring 2018
PERSISTENT INFECTION

PERSISTENT INFECTION

Interactive Animation

Creator: James Braithwaite
Producers: Maral Mohammadian, Dana Dansereau



Interactive animation comic book. Dystopian and irreverent, and a bit of a spoof on 1966 film “classic”, Fantastic Voyage.

Spring 2018
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Short Animation

Directors: Alison Snowden, David Fine
Producer: Michael Fukushima



Oscar-winning duo (Bob’s Birthday) Alison Snowden and David Fine return to the auteur short form with this rollicking look at therapy sessions – with a twist.

Summer 2018
I’M OK

I AM OK
Short Animation

Director: Elizabeth Hobbs
Producer: Jelena Popovic
Co-producer: Abigail Addison, Animate Project



It’s 1917 and Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka is in hospital, injured and shell-shocked from World War One, and heartbroken from the end of his famous love affair with Alma Mahler. Visual metaphors from Kokoschka’s plays, letters, diaries, and prints are woven through the film, combining drawing, paper cut out animation, and archive footage re-animated.

Summer 2018
WHAT RHYMES WITH TOXIC

WHAT RHYMES WITH TOXIC

Short Animation

Director: Lynn Smith
Producer: Maral Mohammadian



The lake is being pumped with toxic sludge and despite warnings from environmentalists, a City Councilman denies any health risks…until a very sick turtle arrives, pointing the finger of blame at him for all the creatures dying from the polluted water.

Summer 2018
SHANNON AMEN

SHANNON AMEN
Short Animation

Director: Chris Dainty
Producer: Maral Mohammadian



A mixed media film about Chris Dainty’s childhood best friend and emerging artist, Shannon Jamieson (aka Amen), who took her own life in 2006.

Fall 2018
THE GATES

THE GATES

Virtual Reality

Director: Frances MacKenzie
Producer: Jelena Popovic



A VR experience set in the centre of an unusual DNA strain. Each nucleotide is a stage for what might become: from lab-created pigs being factory-fed their own meat to chameleons’ and jellyfish capacities to regenerate into mutants. The user wanders through this revolving evolutionary wrap and wonders if humanity is trapped in the promise of salvation through algorithms of genes. 

Fall 2018
GERTIE THE DINOSAUR

GERTIE THE DINOSAUR

Short animation

Director: Eloi Champagne
Producer: Michael Fukushima
Co-producer: Marco de Blois, Cinémathèque québécoise



In partnership with the Cinémathèque québécoise, Winsor McCay’s seminal 1914 animation film, Gertie the Dinosaur, is being restored to its original stand-alone short form version, with several seconds of missing animation added via scrupulous research by researchers from the Cinémathèque, and Notre Dame and Princeton Universities.

Winter 2019
 

In Development

AFFAIRS OF THE ART

Short Animation

Director: Joanna Quinn
Producer: Michael Fukushima



UK filmmaker Joanna Quinn is Oscar-nominated and much-awarded, whose body of work comprises some of the UK’s best animation since the 1980s. In Affairs of the Art, Joanna lets Beryl, her avatar, set the path to fulfilling her life’s dreams of becoming a late-in-life artist.

WEST WIND

Beta VR Experience

Director: Jeff Barnaby
Producer: Jelena Popovic



Dec. 24th, 2167. Global warming has turned most of the planet into a desert. State surveillance is constant. Sora, an expert smuggler, uses her hacking skills to defeat the elite’s security measures and provide hope for desperate refugees who are looking for a better life. In this BETA VR experience, put yourself into Sora’s shoes as she hacks into security drones to get an overview of the shantytown built up outside the walled city.

North West Studio

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WALL

WALL
Animated feature documentary

Director: Cam Christiansen
Producers: Bonnie Thompson, David Christensen



An animated film about playwright David Hare’s eye-opening journey to Israel and Palestine, the visually striking WALL explores both sides of the Israel/Palestine separation barrier. Countering the mainstream media deluge of clichéd images from the Middle East, the film examines, on both literal and metaphoric levels, the barrier’s profound and far-reaching effects on two cultures.

Calgary International Film Festival, September 2017
SKIN FOR SKIN

SKIN FOR SKIN
Short animation

Directors: Carol Beecher, Kevin Kurytnik
Producer: Bonnie Thompson



Skin for Skin is a dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning set during the early days of the fur trade. With nods to Melville and Coleridge, directors Carol Beecher & Kevin Kurytnik have created a visually stunning contemporary myth about the cost of arrogance and greed.

Fantasia Festival, July 2017
 

In Production

METAMORPHOSIS

METAMORPHOSIS
Feature documentary

Director: Nova Ami, Velcrow Ripper
Producers: Bonnie Thompson, David Christensen
Co-producer: Transparent Film



A visually stunning and emotionally compelling feature documentary that explores ecological transformation in a time of planetary emergency. Human civilization is changing the biosphere of the planet at an unprecedented scale, leading to species extinction and runaway climate change. How will humanity be transformed by the crisis we have created?

Fall 2017
SNOW WARRIOR

SNOW WARRIOR

Short documentary

Director: Kurt Spenrath
Producer: Bonnie Thompson
Co-producer: Frederick Kroestch

A love letter to the aesthetics of winter. It captures the beauty of a northern city interwoven with the first person experience of a winter cyclist courier and their unseen controller.

Winter 2018
SASK DOC LAB

SASK DOC LAB

Short documentary (3)

Directors: Louise BigEagle, Kristin Catherwood & Eric Thiessen
Producer: Jon Montes



Over an intensive 10-week session, three emerging Saskatchewan filmmakers will each complete a short documentary from concept to post-production with the support of an experienced mentorship and production team.

Winter 2018
SUPREME LAW

SUPREME LAW

Interactive documentary

Creator: Kat Cizek
Producer: Bonnie Thompson



How familiar are Canadians with our Constitution? This interactive project is targeted at secondary, university students and engaged citizens. The project delves into the backroom high-stakes drama surrounding the repatriation of the Canadian constitution and how it has had lasting consequences for how we are governed, the powers of provinces, the possibility of Indigenous self-governance, and the fundamental rights of Canadians.

Spring 2018
FREEDOM ROAD

FREEDOM ROAD

Mid length documentary

Director: Angelina McLeod & Paula Kelly
Producer: Alicia Smith



This film immerses us in a time of transformation for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, a community stranded without clean water, and determined to liberate itself from a century of human rights violations. The path to their future is Freedom Road, the road that will connect them to the TransCanada Highway, with access to the world and basic necessities of life.

Spring 2018
A CHANGE OF SCENERY

A CHANGE OF SCENERY

Short animation

Director: Anita Lebeau
Producer: Alicia Smith



Vintage Super 8 home movie parade footage are combined with traditional animation, to represent the incongruous notions and petty worries that endlessly stream through our minds, especially when our lives get overly busy.

Summer 2018
LOON RIVER

LOON RIVER

Short documentary

Director: Cory Generoux
Producer: David Christensen



“Loon Lake” was recently rediscovered in the NFB vaults. A film shot in Loon River Alberta by the Indian Film Crew, the film is being taken back to the community for it’s first public screening in 50 years.  This short film follows profiles the community today and interviews some of the residents and former Indian Film Crew about the film and the changes in the community.

Summer 2018
JOHN WARE

JOHN WARE

Mid length documentary

Director: Cheryl Foggo
Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Calgary filmmaker Cheryl Foggo pursues the origins of the legendary Black cowboy, John Ware, who lived and died in southern Alberta between 1882 and 1905. While attempting to unravel the mystery of his pre-Canadian past, it also seeks to correct the myth-making that has placed him at the centre of a convenient but incomplete and misguided narrative about Canadian identity.

Fall 2018
KIIMAAPIIPITSIN (DUST SETTLES)
Feature documentary
Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Producer: David Christensen



In 2014, Fentanyl – a synthetic opiate fifty times stronger than heroin – claimed over twenty lives on the Blood Reserve, leading tribal authorities to declare a state of emergency. Working alongside Dr. Esther Tailfeathers and community members committed to healing, Dr. Tailfeathers’ daughter, filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, will document this critical moment for the Blood Tribe.

Winter 2019
 

In Development

ARCTIC SONGS
Short animation
Directors: Louise Flaherty, Neil Christopher
Producers: David Christensen, Alicia Smith



An animated journey into the oral history of the ancient arctic, weaving together throat singing, animated images and poetic writing from two Inuit women artists—Germaine Arnaktauyok and Celina Kalluk.

THE SKIN OF THE SKY IS BURNING
Feature documentary
Director: Tom Radford
Producer: Bonnie Thompson
Co-producer: Clearwater Media



The story of the Watchers, the men and women of the Haida Nation who, since the beginning of human civilization, have taken the measure of the universe – and with that knowledge, the responsibility of living sustainably.

Ontario Studio

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AS THE CROW FLIES

As_the_crow_flies
Feature documentary

Director: Tess Girard
Producer: Lea Marin



As the Crow Flies follows a group of young Royal Canadian Air Cadets as they undergo seven weeks of training to get their pilot’s license in an intense summer program that normally takes six to eight months.  Casting an especially empathetic eye on her female subjects, former graduate and filmmaker Tess Girard creates an intimate portrait of these extraordinary 17-year-olds as they come of age.

Quinte Film Festival and the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in October 2017.
PICTURE THIS

PICTURE THIS
Mid length documentary

Director: Jari Osborne
Producer: Lea Marin



Andrew Gurza, a self-described “queer cripple,” plans the second edition of Justify My Love—a sex-positive play party that international media previously deemed a “handicapped orgy”. At the heart of Picture This is the uneasy dichotomy that disabled people face, of feeling either invisible or like a ‘freak show’, especially with regards to their sexuality. The film invites us to see them for who they are.

Winner of Best Short Award at Inside/Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, OUTeast Film Festival, and the North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
A BETTER MAN

Better-Man

Feature Documentary

Director: Larry Jackman, Attiya Khan
Producer: Justine Pimlott



On a hot summer night 22 years ago, Attiya Khan ran through the streets, fleeing her abusive ex-boyfriend Steve. Now, years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet to find out how he remembers their relationship and if he is willing to take responsibility for his violent actions. This emotionally raw first meeting, filmed by Attiya with Steve’s consent, is the starting point for A Better Man.

Launch at Hot Docs 2017, U.S. premiere at DOC NYC in November.
THE SPACE WE HOLD

THE SPACE WE HOLD

Interactive documentary

Creators: Patricia Lee, Tiffany Hsiung, Chris Kang
Producers: David Oppenheim, Patricia Lee



An interactive documentary that compels users to explore the difficult narratives of survivors of one of the largest cases of sexual human trafficking in the 20th century. Users encounter the testimonies of “comfort women” of WWII who are in their 80s and 90s from South Korea, China and the Philippines, revealing the intricacies of trauma, memory and a collective culture of silence that surrounds sexual violence.

World premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017, followed by an exhibition at the Future of Storytelling Festival in NY.
 

In Production

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?

WHAT IS DEMOCRACY

Feature documentary

Director: Astra Taylor
Producer: Lea Marin



A philosophical journey grounded in the director’s quest to better understand the paradoxes, pleasures, and problems of democracy. By weaving together contemporary examples of democratic struggle and conversations with leading political theorists, the film will reveal and investigate timeless themes and link the past and the present to provoke and inspire.

Winter 2018
WHAT WALAA WANTS

WHAT WALAA WANTS

Feature documentary

Director: Christy Garland
Producer: Justine Pimlott
Co-producers: Christy Garland & Matt Code, Murmur Films (Canada), Anne Koheke, Final Cut for Real (Denmark)



Walaa dreams of being a policewoman, earning a salary, avoiding marriage and building a career. But her own rebellious behaviour and a complicated relationship with her mother stands in her way. Despite warnings that ‘no women should be in the army’ and that she’ll bring shame on the family, she applies – and gets in. Now Walaa has a choice – fall in line, or end up back home.

Spring 2018
HISPANIOLA

HISPANIOLA
Feature documentary

Director: Michele Stephenson
Producer: Lea Marin
Co-Producer: Jennifer Holness, Hungry Eyes



In 2013 the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic upheld legislation that stripped citizenship from individuals of Haitian heritage born in that country. Hispaniola will examine the day-to-day lives of people directly impacted by these new laws. Interweaving present day stories with dramatic personal accounts of the 1937 Parsley Massacre, the film will beautifully juxtapose how past and present converge as it explores themes of genocide and otherness.

Fall 2018
THROAT

THROAT

Feature documentary

Director: Chelsea McMullan
Producer: Lea Marin



Weaving together footage from one singular live performance with archival documentary elements, and surreal science fiction fantasy visuals suffused with creativity, joy, and sadness.

Winter 2019
 

In Development (availability to be determined)

THIS IS NOT A MOVIE
Feature documentary
Director: Yung Chang
Producer: Anita LeeCo-producers: Allyson Luchak, Nelofer Pazira



This Is Not a Movie follows iconoclast Robert Fisk, infamous Middle East correspondent, as he takes us through a provocative journey through his 40 years living in the Middle East, re-evaluating current affairs through the prism of history and Fisk’s own unique perspective. The film reflects on an end of an era for old school journalism as newspapers vanish or shift to digital formats.

VARIANTS OF UNKNOWN SIGNIFICANCE

Interactive project

Creator: Britt Wray
Producer: David Oppenheim



An episodic, audio-driven documentary for mobile devices, exploring the emerging field of personalized medicine – treating the individual based on his or her DNA. The holy grail of genetics research, genomics is a rapidly expanding industry inhabited by early adopters, visionary scientists, government officials and private corporations, all navigating the rewards and the risks of unprecedented insight into human DNA.

INCONVENIENT INDIAN
Feature documentary
Director: Michelle Latimer
Producer: Justine Pimlott
Co-producer: 90th Parallel



A journey into the mind of Thomas King, one of the world’s foremost Indigenous intellectuals, and one of our greatest storytellers. His words, his voice, his brilliant insight and his aching humour.

BOREALIS

borealis
Feature documentary

Director: Kevin McMahon
Producer: Justine Pimlott
Co-producer: Primitive Entertainment



Borealis will capture a transformation in the boreal forest that has profound global significance. Poetic in its approach and epic in its scale, the film will combine the visceral intimacy of cinema with the latest science to look at this drama from the point of view of the trees.

DRAW ME CLOSE

Virtual Reality

Director: Jordan Tannahill, Amy Hodge
Producer: David Oppenheim



Canadian playwright-director Jordan Tannahill partners with the National Theatre and the NFB to create Draw Me Close, a vivid memoir about his relationship with his mother in the wake of her terminal cancer diagnosis.

Beta launch at Tribeca and Venice in 2017
SEND US YOUR BROTHER

Feature documentary

Director: Nisha Pahuja
Producer: David Oppenheim
Co-producer: Notice Pictures Inc.



The making of the modern Indian man is told through the stories of a few difficult, violent, fearful men and the men who are trying to change them. Although the setting is India, the bold social experiment documents ideas and issues being echoed all over the world.

MACHINATIONS

Virtual reality

Director: Randall Okita
Producer: David Oppenheim 



Machinations is a place, a landscape of memories, and a story about its creator, Randall Okita. The audience is invited on an immersive pilgrimage through interactive virtual environments and artwork to discover an emotional and physical geography of memory that moves through countries and generations, back to his grandparents when their country forced them into an internment camp because they were Japanese.

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In Release

BEAR 71

bear71
Interactive VR

Artists: Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison
Producers: Dana Dansereau, Loc Dao, Rob McLaughlin



A Virtual Reality (VR) reinvention of Bear 71 is now available on Chrome as Bear 71 VR. Originally launched in 2012, Bear 71 is an acclaimed interactive multi-user online experience told from the point of view of an omniscient female grizzly bear, which explores how we coexist with wildlife in the age of networks, surveillance, and digital information en mass.

Showcased at Sundance in January 2017, VIFF in November 2017
SEANCES

SEANCES
Interactive Installation

Artists: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson
Producers: Alicia Smith, Dana Dansereau, David Christensen



In a technical feat of data-driven cinematic storytelling, Seances films are dynamically assembled in never-to-be-repeated configurations. Each exists only in the moment, with no pausing, scrubbing or sharing permitted, offering the audience just one chance to see this film before it disappears.

Rotterdam Film Festival January 2017 and National Arts Centre in June 2017.
HUNGRY MONTH OF MARCH

HUNGRY MONTH OF MARCH
Interactive

Artist: Rosemary House
Producers: Annette Clarke, Nicolas Klassen
Co-producer: Rosemary House, Rock Island Productions



A poetic interactive story exploring the roots of Newfoundland’s local food movement, from its humble beginnings in “poor” cuisine to its contemporary haute status.

Online March 2017
UNIVERSAL TRUTH

UNIVERSAL TRUTH
Social Media Story

Artists: Nicole Lefaivre, Jeremy Mendes
Producer: Jeremy Mendes

Your ex lives in the last three inches of your hair. Meet the stylist with a healing pair of scissors and the answer to the universal thing that everyone wants.

Facebook April 2017
INSIDE INSITE

INSIDE INSITE
Social Media Story, 360 Video

Artist: NFB Digital Studio
Producers: Nicholas Klassen, Rob McLaughlin



This short, 360 video takes viewers inside Insite, the only supervised injection site in North America, allowing them to experience the space and gain a better understanding of the strategic role the facility plays in the community.

Facebook May 2017
THE EYES FEEL STRANGELY

THE EYES FEEL STRANGELY

Social Media Story

Artist: Ambera Wellman
Producer: Jeremy Mendes

Picture yourself in the produce aisle. Now, picture every fruit and vegetable as a body part. Instagram artist Ambera Wellmann perverts our cultural obsession with the close-up and interbreeds our beauty rituals with root vegetables.

Facebook June 2017
HOMESTAY

HOMESTAY
Interactive VR

Artist: Paisley Smith
Producer: Rob McLaughlin, Loc Dao



Homestay is one family’s story of life with international students — a look at how complete immersion in another culture can create a collision of expectations and change our understanding of family, hospitality, nationality and love.

IDFA November 2017
OK GOOGLE

OK GOOGLE

Social Media Story

Artists: Brett Gaylor, Darren Pasemko
Producer: Dana Dansereau



When a father finds a year’s worth of his 5-year-old son’s Google voice searches, he inadvertently realizes there might just be a new member of his family. 

Facebook November 2017
 

In Production

FLIPPED

FLIPPED

Social Media Story

Artists: Jason Karman
Producer: Dana Dansereau



What does it mean to be a fish out of water when all you know is the pool? This social media story explores cultural and physical restrictions on the male body and an athlete who is flipping the norm.

Winter 2018
CHRISTINE GERARD

CHRISTINE GERARD

Social Media Story

Artists: Christine Gerard, Vincent McCurley
Producer: Vincent McCurley



What would you tell your 8-year old self if you had spent a lifetime competing against cheaters? Olympic champion Christine Girard writes a letter her younger self on dealing with shyness, failure, and dopers.

Winter 2018
TIDAL TRACES

TIDAL TRACES

360 Video

Artists: Nancy Lee, Emmalena Fredriksson
Producer: Nicholas Klassen, Rob McLaughlin



Tidal Traces is a 360-video VR dance piece that places viewers in the centre of the performance. In it, three characters explore a new and uncertain world—moving between tranquility and ominousness, beauty and peril. Entangled in this tension, the viewer becomes the fourth character, directly composing the dance through their gaze.

Spring 2018
DATING IN INUVIK

DATING IN INUVIK

Social Media Story

Artists: Marie Horstead, Gelareh Darabi
Producer: Nicholas Klassen



Moving from Vancouver to Inuvik brought a whole series of new experiences for artist Marie Horsed — on the relationship front, that includes mastering the idiosyncrasies and unique challenges of dating in the North.

Spring 2018
BIIDAABAN: FIRST LIGHT

Interactive VR

Artists: Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett
Producers: Dana Dansereau, Rob McLaughlin

Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR experience that touches on indigenous languages and knowledge in a thriving but radically different future Toronto. Working in the realm of indigenous futurism, it will suggest how indigenous understandings, held in the original languages of this land, can provide a framework for humans’ role in this altered— one could say reconciled—version of downtown Toronto.

Spring 2018
GYMNASIUM

Interactive VR

Artists: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szcerzbowski
Producer: Dana Dansereau



A Virtual Reality experience that transports you into a decayed and abandoned school gymnasium haunted by the ghosts of its history. Using stop motion animation, puppets, and miniatures, Gymnasium transports the viewer into a waking dream, stirring memories of a childhood lost.

Fall 2018
 

In Development

HORRIBLE WOMEN

Social Media Story

Artist: Victoria Angell
Producer: Laura Mitchell



A social media story about the female creative voice in horror films. If traditional, male-created, horror films focus on external sources as drivers for fear and horror, then female-created material seems to commonly internalize that horror, having it either originate within or be forced into the central character.

Summer 2018
RANT

Social Media Story

Artist: Robert Arndt
Producer: Robert McLaughlin



A yellow room full of cats and an angry and articulate 12-year old. Acclaimed video artist Robert Arndt dissects the value of online comments and Internet culture through an epic performance video.

Summer 2018
FAR AWAY FROM FAR AWAY

Interactive

Artists: Michael Crummey, Bruce Alcock
Producer: Annette Clarke, Robert McLaughlin



Far Away From Far Away is a story that reminds us we all walk with one foot in the past and the other firmly in the future. Inspired by conversations Zita Cobb, the visionary behind the innovative economic and artistic transformation of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, is it a contemporary interpretation of place. It relies on the profoundly beautiful prose of writer Michael Crummey and paints a powerful picture of life on a remote island in the 1960s and 70s and asks us to interact with and imagine the present in a historically personal context.

Fall 2018
UNTITLED

360 Video

Artist: Colin Van Loon
Producer: Dana Dansereau



A new project in a series of partnerships between the NFB and imagineNATIVE to support new forms of Indigenous artistic expression, offering Canadian Indigenous artists an opportunity to create audacious, innovative and socially relevant new-media works. 

NFB/

ImagineNativeAward 2017