English Program

Projects in production and development

BC & Yukon Studio
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THE ROAD FORWARD
THE ROAD FORWARDFeature documentary
Director: Marie Clements
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

An electrifying musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history – the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s – with  First Nations activism today. Interviews and musical sequences describe how a tiny movement, the Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood, grew to become a successful voice for change across the country, as this film seamlessly links past and present through superb story-songs, blues, rock and traditional beats.

Premiere at Hot Docs 2017
THE MOUNTAIN OF SGAANA
SGAANAShort animation
Director: Christopher Auchter
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

A magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter’s dream-like gem brilliantly entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, which are brought to life by a rich, evocative palette and stylized effects.

Spring 2017
 

In Production

SHOP CLASS
SHOP CLASSShort animation
Director: Hart Snyder
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?

Spring 2017
BEAUTY
BEAUTYShort 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.

Summer 2017
HOLY ANGELS
HOLY ANGELSShort 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.

Fall 2017
MY VOICE MY RIGHT
MY VOICE MY RIGHTFeature 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.

Winter 2018
TRUE NORTH (THE NBA DREAM)
TRUE NORTHDocumentary series

(10 episodes)

Director: Ryan Sidhoo

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

The film follows the next generation of basketball players with hopes of making it to the next level.  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
 

In Development

 

THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN
THE WHALE AND THE RAVENFeature documentary
Director: Mirjam Leuze

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

Co-producer: Andrew Williamson & Henrik Meyer
and Busse & Halberschmidt

 

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 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

Feature documentary

Director: Jennifer Abbott
Producer: Shirley VercruysseCo-producer: Flying Eye Productions

Jennifer Abbott explores the surprising parallels between the courageous death of her sister and our collective predicament confronting climate change, only to discover an escape route from immobilizing fear and a passageway to the emerging world.

SEX BREATH AND DEATH

Feature documentary

Director: Jill Sharpe

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co-producer: Reel Myth Productions

Cutting through the babble of commercial hype Sex Breath and Death explores the notion of enlightenment told from the perspective of four of the world’s most charismatic and popular spiritual thinkers which are interpreted and considered by an unusual narrator.

SOVERGEIGN SOIL

Mid length documentary

Director: David Curtis
Producer: Shirley VercruysseCo-producer: Andrew Connors, Jackleg Films

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.

THE ZOO
Short animation
Director: Julia Kwan
Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co-producer: Ruth Vincent, Firehorse 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.

Quebec & Atlantic Studio
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HUNGRY MONTH OF MARCH
HUNGRY MONTH OF MARCHInteractive project
Creator: Rosemary House
Producer: 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.

Spring 2017
SHAMAN
SHAMANShort animation
Director: Echo Henoche
Producer: Kat BauluShaman 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.
Fall 2017 premiere at  opening of  Torngâsok Cultural Centre
 

In Production

160 GIRLS
160 GIRLSFeature documentary
Director: Andrea Dorfman
Producer: Annette Clarke

Girl power goes global in this animation/live-action hybrid that features the defiant young Kenyans at the centre of a precedent-setting court case. The girls charge the Kenyan State with flaunting its own child protection laws and failing to shield them from systemic sexual abuse. Arguing their case, a legal team from Kenya and Canada cites the 1998 landmark ruling on Jane Doe vs. the Metropolitan Toronto Police.

Fall 2017
ELEPHANT – 1967
elephantAnimated 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 2017
NORWAY HOUSE
NORWAY HOUSEFeature documentary
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.

Fall 2017
THREE THOUSAND
THREE THOUSANDShort 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.

Fall 2017
MATHIEU-MARTIN/1999 WISH YOU WERE HERE
MATHIEU-MARTIN 1999 WISH YOU WERE HEREMid 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.

Fall 2017
LOVE, SCOTT
LOVE SCOTTFeature documentary
Director: Laura Marie Wayne
Producer: Paul McNeill, 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 SORROWShort documentary
Director: Millefiore Clarkes
Producer: 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.

Winter 2018
BECOMING LABRADOR
BECOMING LABRADORShort 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.

Winter 2018
LUBEN & ELENA
LUBEN & ELENAMid 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.

Fall 2018
 

In Development

 

FORBIDDEN REEL
FORBIDDEN REELMid length documentary
Director: Ariel Nasr
Producer: 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.

Winter 2018
ZITA

Interactive project

Director: Michael Crummey

Producers: Annette Clarke and Digital Studio

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.

4 NORTH A
Short animation
Director: Jordan Canning and animated by Howie Shia
Producer: Annette ClarkeCo-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.

RIVER SILENCE

Feature  documentary

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

In 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.

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.

SAUDI UNITED

Feature documentary

Director: Amber Fares
Producer: Kat BauluCo-Producers: Mary Armstrong, Cinefort and Laura McNaught, Soc Doc

In the only country in the world with no national women’s sports teams, where women are banned from driving, and where religious police roam the streets to ensure they’re covered from head to toe, NBA obsessed Lina Almaeena is leading a revolution in the most unlikely place: the basketball court. A documentary about the first women’s basketball team in Saudi Arabia.

Animation Studio
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HEDGEHOG’S HOME
hEDGEHOG’Short Animation
Director: Eva Cvijanovic
Producer: Jelena Popovic
Co-Producer: Vanja Andrijevic, Bonobostudio

In the unspoiled, lush and lively forest world, a hedgehog proves to three hoodlums – an angry wolf, a gluttonous bear and a muddy boar – as well as to the cunning fox, that there truly is no place like home.

World premiere at Berlinale in January 2017, next at HAFF, Zagreb, Annecy
NAKED ISLAND
NAKED ISLANDShort Animations
Director: Various

Producers: Maral Mohammadian, Jelena Popovic
Available for streaming at NFB.ca as well as the NFB’s YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Instagram channels, Naked Island is a bold new series of 14 super-short and incisive films, framed as Public Service Alerts, from some of Canada’s most talented animators and artists, exploring their visions of modern-day society.

Launched in January 2017
THREADS
THREADSShort Animation
Director: Torill Kove
Producer: Michael Fukushima
Co-Producer: Lise Fearnley, Mikrofilm

In a departure for Oscar-winning director Torill Kove, a film without words, but still about the threads that tie us all together, whether natural or nurtured.

Summer 2017
DEYZANGEROO
DEYZANGEROOShort 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.

Summer 2017
MANIVALD
MANIVALDShort Animation
Director: Chintis Lundgren
Producer: Jelena PopovicCo-producer: Drasko Ivezic, Adriatic Animation

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.

Launching at Zagreb and Annecy in

June 2017

 

In Production

LA FEMME CANON
LA FEMME CANONShort Animation
Directors: Albertine Zullo, Davic 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.

Summer 2017
FREAKS OF NURTURE
FREAKS OF NURTUREShort 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. Inspired by the filmmaker’s unusual childhood home life.

Fall 2017
BONE MOTHER
BONE MOTHERShort Animation
Directors: Sylvie Trouvé, Dale Hayward
Producer: Jelena Popovic

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

Winter 2018
TURBINE
TURBINEShort Animation
Director: Alex Boya
Producer: Jelena Popovic

A war veteran returns home, mute and transformed. In this surreal tale of PTSD rehabilitation, a heroic wife must find the pieces and repair both her husband and their lives.

Winter 2018
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
ANIMAL BEHAVIOURShort 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.

Winter 2018
I AM OK
I AM OKShort Animation
Director: Lizzy 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.

Spring 2018
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.

Spring 2018
SHANNON AMEN
SHANNON AMENShort 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.

Summer 2018
CATERPILLARPLASTY
CATERPILLARPLASTYShort Animation
Director: David Barlow-Krelina
Producer: Jelena Popovic

A terrifying metaphor of humankind’s metamorphosis into slaves to appearances. At the crossroad of 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.

 

In Development

 

STORYVILLE MOSQUITO
STORYVILLE MOSQUITOInteractive Animation
Director: Eric San (Kid Koala)
Producer: Maral Mohammadian
Co-Producers: Ryhna Thompson, Envision Production

Kid Koala (Nufonia Must Fall) directs an animated short film and in-concert interactive experience about young, jazz-loving Mosquito, who must learn the truth about the “heart” of music. Stop-motion animation and handheld-driven digital.

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.

BIOCUBE

Interactive Animation

Creator: Fred Casia
Producer: Jelena Popovic

Biocube is a stress-relieving vivarium set in virtual reality. Through meditative gestures, the user controls time and living elements. These powers teach us how to nurture the environment and dynamically shift the balance of species.

IRAN STORIES

Animated Documentary

Director: Sam Javanrouh
Producer: Maral Mohammadian

A poetic 12-minute short film using documentary audio capture of personal experiences and true events by young Iranians. Chaptered into four stories, each about the seemingly banal but implicitly profound moments hidden among the chaos and complexity of contemporary daily life in Iran.

LONELY NEURON

Mobile App

Creator: Munro Ferguson
Producers: Maral Mohammadian, Jelena Popovic

An exploration of the relationship between physical connections in the brain and our lived experiences in the world. You are – literally – a self–absorbed teen, connecting the neurons inside your head so that you can remember what the heck happened last night and why in the world you’re wearing someone else’s shoe…

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.

THE GATES
Short Animation
Directors: Frances MacKenzie, Luka Sanader
Producer: Jelena Popovic

At the Food Factory, pigs sicken and start mutating, their features turning vaguely human. They eventually die. The pile of corpses towers over the farm fence to ultimately transform into Rodin’s monumental Gates of Hell opening into a blinding white light.

North West Studio
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BIRTH OF A FAMILY
BIRTH OF A FAMILYMid length documentary
Director: Tasha Hubbard
Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Removed from their young Dene mother as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children to be either adopted into white families or into foster care. Meeting for the first time, Birth of a Family follows them through the challenges, trepidations and joys of their first steps towards forming their family.

Première at Hot Docs 2017
WHAT BRINGS US HERE
WHAT BRINGS US HEREInstagram Photo Essay
Creator: Katherena Vermette
Producer: Alicia Smith

Metis writer Katherena Vermette’s  POV narrative takes us inside the Drag the Red community in Winnipeg — a group that dredges the Red River and its banks in search of missing members of their community as a means of action, engagement, awareness and hope.

January 2017
 

In Production

WALL
WALLAnimated 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.

Spring 2017
SKIN FOR SKIN
SKIN FOR SKINShort animation
Directors: Carol Beecher, Kevin Kurtyk
Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Skin for Skin is an animated historical fantasy set in 1826 during the height of the Canadian fur trade. In a violent collision of business and the environment the most powerful man of the Company is taken to the center of the World, challenged, brought low, and transformed in the face of tragedy and despair by the sheer force of Nature.

Spring 2017
MISPON

Short documentary

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

MISPON is 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.

Summer 2017
METAMORPHOSIS
METAMORPHOSISFeature 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, in turn, be transformed by the crisis we have created?

Fall 2017
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.

 

In Development

 

PATRIATION PROJECT
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.

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.

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 3 different Inuit women artists—Germaine Arnaktauyok, Rachel Qitsualik and Celina Kalluk.

THE DUST SETTLES
Short 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.

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.

FREEDOM ROAD
Mid length documentary
Director: 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.

Digital Studio
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BEAR 71
bear71Interactive 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
SEANCES
SEANCESInteractive 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 MARCHInteractive
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.

Spring 2017
INSITE
Digital Short
Artist: TBC
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.

Spring 2017
UNIVERSAL TRUTH
Digital Short
Artists: Nicole Lefaivre, Jeremy Mendes

Producer: Jeremy Mendes

In Universal Truth, hairdresser Nicole Lefaivre reflects on being Metis and supporting community through touch and the universal truth behind a haircut.

Spring 2017
 

In Production

OCEAN FALLS
OCEAN FALLSInteractive
Artists: Jody Sugrue, Tom Stanley

Producer: Loc Dao

What happens when we displace an Indigenous community, dam a river for electricity, build a town, and then walk away? Jody Sugrue one of the last children born in Ocean Falls, BC, tells the story of a once booming mill town, its 25 remaining citizens who are holding on to the past with no future, and the lasting impact of our actions.

Fall 2017
HOME STAY
Interactive VR
Artist: Paisley Smith

Producer: Rob McLaughlin, Loc Dao

Home Stay follows Paisley in her journey to understanding and acceptance following the suicide of Taro, a Japanese foreign exchange student staying with her family.

Fall 2017
 

In Development

 

PERSISTENT INFECTION

Interactive Animation

Artist: 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.

GYMNASIUM

Interactive VR

Artists: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szcerzbowski
Producer: Dana DansereauGymnasium is a stereoscopic interactive VR experiment with a goal to push virtual reality into the realm of dreams, using stop motion, puppets, music and sound design to create an interactive space where the viewer’s own gaze cues the action and no two experiences are quite the same.
HORRIBLE WOMEN

Digital Short

Artist: Victoria Angell
Producer: Laura Mitchell

A short 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.

RARE EARTH

Interactive

Artist: Jeremy Mendes
Producer: Loc Dao

An experiential interactive documentary that unravels our contemporary relationship to electricity, a relationship bound-up with our dependence on technology.

Ontario Studio
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UNARMED VERSES
unarmdFeature documentary
Director: Charles Officer
Producer: Lea Marin

Thirteen-year-old Francine and the other kids from Toronto’s Villaways Park rarely get to come downtown, let alone record their own songs in a professional studio. As their world changes around them, young people from a suburban public housing project find their voice through the expressive power of art. Made in collaboration with the Toronto-based community arts organization ArtStarts.

Premier at Hot Docs 2017
A BETTER MAN
A BETTER MANFeature documentary
Director: Larry Jackman, Attiya Kahn
Producer: Justine Pimlott
Co-Producer: Christine Kleckner, Intervention ProductionsA Better Man radically reframes the conversation about domestic abuse by shifting the focus from victims to their abusers. The film tells the story of Attiya and Steve, a former couple, as they reflect on the abuse he inflicted in their past relationship: its origins and its impact on their lives. The film makes a persuasive case that by including abusive men in discussions on domestic abuse, progress can be made in preventing its occurrence.
Premier at Hot Docs 2017
AS THE CROW FLIES
crowFeature documentary
Director: Tess Girard
Producer: Lea Marin

At a summer camp in rural Ontario, Canada, 17 year-old boys and girls work toward one goal over the course of seven weeks: to become pilots. This quiet, philosophical, feature-length P.O.V. documentary tells the heartfelt story where the challenges of coming of age and flying an aircraft meet.

Spring 2017
PICTURE THIS
PICTURE THISMid length documentary
Director: Jari Osborne
Producer: Lea Marin

Sex and disability are two concepts that rarely intersect in the popular imagination. But a lively new breed of activist is defying restrictive ideas of normative sexuality. Andrew Morrison-Gurza, a self-declared “queer crip,” and Stella Palikavrova, a young woman living with spinal muscular atrophy, are behind Toronto’s Deliciously Disabled Campaign, advocating a more inclusive notion of sexual citizenship.

Spring 2017
 

In Production

THE APOLOGY DIGITAL
THE APOLOGY DIGITALInteractive documentary
Creator: Chris Kang
Producer: 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.

Summer 2017
HISPANIOLA
HISPANIOLAFeature 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 2017
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
WHAT IS DEMOCRACYFeature 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.

Fall 2017
 

In Development

 

NOT A MOVIE
Feature documentary
Director: Yung Chang
Producer: Anita LeeCo-producers: Allyson Luchak, Nelofer PaziraThis 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.
GENOMICS
Interactive project
Creator: Britt Wray
Producer: David OppenheimGenomics explores the emerging field of personalized medicine – treating the individual on the basis of his or her DNA. The holy grail of genetics research, genomics is the stuff of both reality and science fiction, a rapidly expanding industry in its wild-west phase, inhabited by early adopters, visionary scientists, government officials and private corporations, all navigating the rewards and the risks of unprecedented insight into human DNA.
THE DAUGHTER TREE
Feature documentary
Director: Rama Rau
Producer: Justine Pimlott

A cinematic observational film exploring the changing face of India and how women are becoming more empowered. This story will be told through four interwoven storylines: an orphanage that takes in unwanted girl babies, a village where not a single girl has been born in the past 20 years, a midwife who is educating and encouraging women to keep their girl babies and a village that cherishes its daughters and plants a tree each time a girl is born and harvests the fruit throughout her life to pay for her education and marriage.

WHAT WALAA WANTS
Feature documentary
Director: Christy Garland
Producer: Justine Pimlott
Co-producer: Murmur Films

Walaa lives on the West Bank and dreams of being a policewoman. What stands in her way? Her own teenage rebellious behaviour and a complicated relationship with her mother who has much more traditional plans for her. With an eye-level, intimate point of view, and the exuberant optimism of its cheeky subject, this is a positive coming of age story about a young woman navigating difficult obstacles and disproving the negative predictions from her surroundings.

INCONVENIENT INDIAN
Feature documentary
Director: Michelle Latimer
Producer: David Oppenheim
Co-producer: 90th Parallel

Inconvenient Indian takes us on 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
Feature documentary
Director: Kevin McMahon
Producer: Justine Pimlott
Co-producer: Primitive Entertainment

Borealis will view the northern boreal forest from the point of view of the trees. The film is to be filmed in Canada, Russia, Scandinavia and Japan.

NATIONAL THEATRE
Virtual Reality
Director: Jordan Tannahill, Amy Hodge
Producer: David Oppenheim

Exploring and advancing the language of documentary VR storytelling by bringing together traditions from the National Theatre (UK) and the National Film Board of Canada.

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.

SEND US YOUR BROTHER

Feature documentary

Director: Nisha Pahuja
Producer: David OppenheimCo-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.