English Program

Projects in production and development

BC & Yukon Studio
Title Genre / Length Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer Synopsis Release
In Release
WINDOW HORSES
Window Horses
Animation / Feature Length Director: Ann Marie Fleming

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse, Michael Fukushima

Co-Producers: Stickgirl Productions, Ann Marie Fleming

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet of mixed descent, is invited to perform at a festival in Iran, where she is confronted with the many truths about the father who she thought abandoned her as a young child. It’s about staying open. Being curious. Finding your own voice through the magic of poetry. World premiere at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2016
I AM HERE
I-Am-Here
Animation / Short Director: Eoin Duffy

Producers: Shirley Vercruysse, Maral Mohammadian

As the universe enters the twilight of its existence, a Traveller’s prolonged pilgrimage comes to an end. For trillions of years he traversed the cosmos in a devoted search for higher meaning. He discovers God does not exist. The Traveller is shattered by the news. Summer 2016
THE MOUNTAIN OF SGAANA
InvisibleWorld
Animation / Short Director:Christopher Auchter

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

In the Pacific Northwest, the people of the Haida First Nation live in a place that holds both seen and unseen worlds. The sky, the earth and the underworld are occupied by animals and supernatural beings who sometimes meddle in human affairs. In The Mountain of SGaana, Mouse Woman, Supernatural Busy Body of the Haida People, helps an unsuspecting fisherman reconnect with his culture. Summer 2016
In production
THE SHOCKER
Animated Documentary / Short Director:Hart Snider

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

The Shocker follows the trials and tribulations of 14 year old Hart Snider. Instead of the home economics class he wanted to take, he finds himself taking Industrial Arts from the ominous & legendary Mr. P. Hart is nearly suspended over a ukulele incident, which leads him to being alienated by his classmates, and that doesn’t even compare to the his worries about being electrocuted by Mr. P’s final project. Spring 2017
THE ROAD FORWARD
the road forward
Documentary / Feature Length Director: Marie Clements

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

The Road Forward chronicles the Native civil rights movement over the past half century. Original songs, interviews, archival photos and video create a film that spans decades of Canadian Aboriginal history and shows how activism has always been, and still is, a critical part of the First Nations story in our country. Winter 2017
MY VOICE MY RIGHT
Documentary / Mid-Length 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 2017
BEAUTY (BEYOND BINARY) Documentary / Short Director: Christina Willings

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

Beauty (Beyond Binary) 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 2017
In development
HOLY ANGELS Documentary / Short 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.
MY BROTHER’S STORY Documentary / Mid-Length 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.”
TANGLES Interactive / Animated Documentary Creators: Leah Nelson, Sarah Leavitt

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

Based on the critically acclaimed graphic memoir of the same name, Tangles explores Alzheimer’s disease from the point of view of an adult daughter whose mother developed early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 52.
EUROPEAN TOUR ’73 Documentary / Short Director: Ross Munro

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse

Filmmaker Ross Munro uses super 8 footage from a surprising family tour of Europe in 1973 as a jumping off point to examine his unrequited desire to reconnect to a father that is no longer here.
THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS Documentary / Feature Director: Jennifer Abbott

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse
Co-Producer: Flying Eye Productions, Jennifer Abbott

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.

 

Quebec & Atlantic Studio
Title Genre / Length Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer Synopsis Release
In release
GUN RUNNERS
gun-runners
Documentary / Feature Length Director: Anjali Nayar

Producers: Annette Clarke, Kat Baulu

The story of two of the most notorious warriors in Northern Kenya who trade in their weapons to become professional runners. Shot over 8 years, Anjali Nayar’s debut feature documentary provides a glimpse into a society caught halfway between tradition and modernity, poverty and glory. On a personal level, the story is of retribution and reform, friendship and rivalry. World premiere at Hot Docs in April 2016
HAND. LINE. COD.
HAND. LINE. COD.
Documentary / Short Director: Justin Simms

Producer: Annette Clarke

A short film about the renewed line caught cod movement happening on the remote, ruggedly beautiful Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Local fishers, engaging in a modern experiment to deliver directly to commercial markets, are harvesting its natural resources in creative ways. Hand. Line. Cod. introduces the provocative “economic nutrition label” and exposes where the money goes… Spring 2016
NFB SPACE SCHOOL: LEGACY
nfb-space-school-legacy
Interactive and short docs for CAMPUS Creators: Rohan Fernando, Eva Madden & Scott Simpson

Producer: Paul McNeill

A series of shorts destined for NFB CAMPUS featuring the life of space commander Chris Hadfield and designed for grade 6 educators to teach science through fun and space exploration. Modules include astrogeology and health. Spring 2016
THEATRE OF LIFE
WildThing
Documentary / Feature Director: Peter Svatek

Producer: Annette Clarke

Co-Producer: Josette Normandeau, Triplex Films

Inspired by rock star chef Massimo Bottura and his ambition to expose the greed behind food waste; international chefs transform tons of daily food waste to feed Milan’s hungry and homeless. Spring 2016
THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET ROOM
THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET ROOM
Animation Director: Wanda Nolan

Art Director: Claire Blanchet

Producer: Annette Clarke

This animated short tells the story of 10 year old Grace, who accompanies her mom on a trip into to the psychiatrist’s office and dives into the world of books as a way of coping with the world around her. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Wanda Nolan, with art direction and animation by Claire Blanchet (The End of Pinky, TIFF 2013). Summer 2016
BLUEFIN
BLUEFIN
Documentary / Mid Length Director: John Hopkins

Producer: Paul McNeill

Bluefin is the story of Prince Edward Island fishermen struggling to find their way forward in the face of dire warnings about the future of one of the most majestic – and profitable – fish in the sea. Summer 2016
CHILDRENS COURT CASE
Childrens Court Case

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Documentary / Feature Length Director: Alanis Obomsawin

Producer: Alanis Obomsawin

Master director Alanis Obomsawin weaves an epic tale of the fight for justice following a landmark Human Rights challenge brought against the Canadian Government for the systemic underfunding of child services on First Nations reserves. Fall 2016
In production
HUNGRY MONTH OF MARCH
WildThing
Interactive Creator: 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. Fall 2016
160 GIRLS
Documentary / Feature Length 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 2016
ELEPHANT – 1967
the-wall
Documentary / Short 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. Winter 2017
MABEL
MABEL
Documentary / Short Director: Teresa MacInnes

Producer: Annette Clarke

Feisty and fiercely independent 89 year-old hairdresser Mabel was the first woman in her rural Nova Scotia community to be a wife, mother and small business owner. Winter 2017
LOVE, SCOTT
Love, Scott
Documentary / Feature Director: Laura Marie Wayne

Producers: 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 2017
THE SONG AND THE SORROW Documentary / Short 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. Spring 2017
NORWAY HOUSE
Norway House

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Documentary / Mid Length Director: Alanis Obomsawin

Producer: Alanis Obomsawin

Children’s rights has 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. Summer 2018
THREE THOUSAND
THREE THOUSAND
Documentary / Short Director: Isabella Weetalukuk

Producer: Kat Baulu

Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk 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 2018
BECOMING LABRADOR
THREE THOUSAND
Documentary / Shorts Hybrid Directors: Justin Simms
Tamara Sequra
Rohan Fernando

Writer: Michael Crummey

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.
In development
OCEAN SCHOOL
Educational / Interactive / Installation Producers: Paul McNeill
Jacques Gautreau

In collaboration with: Dalhousie University

A ground breaking, multimedia, multi-year educational and public engagement project, Ocean School uses innovative teaching and storytelling techniques to help develop ocean literate citizens.
LUBEN & ELENA
LUBEN & ELENA
Documentary / Mid Length 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.
TORNGÂSOK
Norway House
Animation / Short Director: Echo Hinoche

Producer: Kat Baulu

Emerging filmmaker and self-taught Nain artist Echo Henoche, tells the story of how a polar bear was transformed into the iconic mountain in the community of Nain, Labrador. 2017 premiere at the opening of the Torngâsok Cultural Centre
CONVICTION Documentary Collaborators: Nance Ackerman
Ariella Pahlke
Teresa MacInnes

Producer: Annette Clarke

Women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population in Canada. A collaboration between three Atlantic filmmakers, 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.
FORBIDDEN REEL Documentary / Mid length Director: Ariel Nasr

Producers: Paul McNeill
Loaded Pictures

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.
RIVER SILENCE Documentary / Mid Length Director: Rogerio Soares

Producer: Annette Clarke

Co-Producer: Aurora Films

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.
MATHIEU-MARTIN Documentary / Mid Length Director: Samara Grace Chadwick

Producers: Kat Baulu

Co-Producer: Sarah Spring & Selin Murat,
Parabola

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.

 

Animation Studio
Title Genre / Length Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer Synopsis Release
In release
WINDOW HORSES
Window Horses
Animation / Feature Length Director: Ann Marie Fleming

Producers: Shirley Vercruysse, Michael Fukushima

Co-Producers: Stickgirl Productions, Ann Marie Fleming

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet of mixed descent, is invited to perform at a festival in Iran, where she is confronted with the many truths about the father who she thought abandoned her as a young child. It’s about staying open. Being curious. Finding your own voice through the magic of poetry. World premiere at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2016
Coming soon
NAKED ISLAND SESSIONS
naked-island-sessions
Animation Director: Various

Producers: Maral Mohammadian, Jelena Popovic

An experiment in extremely short, issue-driven animation, delivered via handheld within location- or situation-specific contexts. Working with a variety of experienced filmmakers in new ways. Summer 2016
I AM HERE
I-Am-Here
Animation Director: Eoin Duffy

Producers: Maral Mohammadian, Shirley Vercruysse

As the universe enters the twilight of its existence, a Traveller’s prolonged pilgrimage comes to an end. For trillions of years he traversed the cosmos in a devoted search for higher meaning. He discovers God does not exist. The Traveller is shattered by the news. Summer 2016
CATERPILLARPLASTY
CATERPILLARPLASTY
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. Summer 2016
HOTHOUSE 11
Hothouse 11
Animation Director: Various

Producer: Maral Mohammadian

11th edition of flagship NFB emerging filmmaker programme, this time focused on developing animation talent and expertise in NFB studios across the country. Summer 2016
In production
HEDGEHOG’S HOME
HEDGEHOG'S HOME
Animation Director: Eva Cvijanovic

Producer: Jelena Popovic

Co-Producer: Vanja Andrijevic,
Bonobostudio
(Croatia)

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. Fall 2016
BONE MOTHER
Bone Mother
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 2017
THREADS
Norway House
Animation Director: Torill Kove

Producer: Michael Fukushima

Co-Producer: Lise Fearnley,
Mikrofilm (Norway)

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. Winter 2017
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
animal-behaviour
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 2017
STORYVILLE MOSQUITO
STORYVILLE MOSQUITO
Animation, Interactive Director: Eric San (Kid Koala)

Producer: Maral Mohammadian

Co-Producers: Ryhna Thompson,
Envision Management and 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. Summer 2017
In development
PERSISTENT INFECTION Interactive 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 Animation / Interactive 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 Animation / 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 Animation / Interactive Creator: Munro Ferguson

Producers: Maral Mohammadian,
Jelena Popovic

An interactive mobile app that explores 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 Animation / Interactive 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 SUPPER 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.
TURBINE 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.
BLACK CRAB Animation Director: Ehsan Gharib

Producer: Maral Mohammadian

Deyzangeroo is a folk myth from the ancient Iranian port city of Bushehr, in the Persian Gulf. 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 on the tribal people who live and fish there.
SHANNON AMEN 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.

 

North West Studio
Title Genre / Length Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer Synopsis Release
In Release
ANGRY INUK
the-wall
Documentary / Feature Length Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Co-Producer: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril,
Unikkaatt Studios & Bob Moore

“When I look at sealskin, I see an ethical and sustainable economy that feeds people.” Inuk filmmaker Arnaquq-Baril crafts a heartfelt and finely textured defence of the Arctic seal hunt, a practice that’s been essential to her people’s survival. Part of a tech-savvy new generation, she delivers a spirited and engaging riposte to the anti-sealing movement and its celebrity supporters. World premiere at Hot Docs in April 2016
INVISIBLE WORLD
InvisibleWorld
Interactive Creators: Gaylen Scorer,
Tyler Enfield

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Many young Canadians travel to other countries and take advantage of their anonymity to play out their own adventures. This multi-screen, multi-perspective interactive project explores an incident from the perspectives of the foreign traveler and two local Cambodians, revealing deeper layers of issues faced by people in that country.
THE LIMIT IS THE SKY
WorkingTheDream
Documentary / Feature Length Director: Joulia Ivanova

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

A character driven film reflecting the tensions between work, money, dreams, and ethics of 20-35 year olds. Fort McMurray, a boom town with a population of 75,000, has one of the youngest populations in Canada and has the highest median income in Canada.
THIS RIVER Documentary / Short Directors: Katherena Vermette,
Erika MacPherson

Producer: Alicia Smith

When the body of a 14-year-old girl was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, it sparked a public outcry and renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. It also galvanized a small group of Winnipeg citizens who formed Drag the Red, a collective of volunteers who search the Red River and its banks for clues that might answer some of the questions surrounding the disappearances and murders.
THE GRASSLANDS PROJECT Documentary / Short Director: Scott Parker

Producer: David Christensen

The southern Prairies are among the most accessible, but also the least known, of all the regions in Canada. Filmmaker Scott Parker travelled to this region to produce 10 short documentaries based on community-generated ideas. Subjects, themes, even interview questions were all conceived with significant community input, and each film was screened with the participants to get their feedback and final approval. Each doc is a beautiful portrait of prairie life Premier in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in May 2016
SEANCES INTERACTIVE Interactive Creators: Guy Maddin,
Evan 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. The project was born from the mind of one of the world’s foremost outré directors, Guy Maddin and brothers Evan and Galen Johnson, with the express goal of combining and recombining them to create infinite narrative permutations. World premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016
Coming soon
19 DAYS Documentary / Short Directors: Roda Siad,
Asha Siad

Producer: David Christensen

Directed by Somali-Canadian filmmakers Asha and Roda Siad, 19 Days follows several refugee families during their first 19 days in Canada, as they navigate an unfamiliar terrain that has suddenly become their home. A unique look at the global migrant crisis and one particular stage of asylum, the film reveals the human side of the refugee resettlement process and lays plain the realities faced on the difficult road towards integration. Summer 2016
THINGS ARAB MEN SAY Documentary / Mid Length Director: Nisreen Baker

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Abe’s barbershop, in a strip mall in the west end of Edmonton, is a place when Arab Canadian men gather to debate, discuss, gossip and joke as Abe cuts their hair, trims beards and shaves faces. From immigration to cultural preservation, to religion, jobs, education and women, love and marriage, the conversations in Abe’s barbershop create a compelling portrait of Arab Canadian life. Summer 2016
SKIN FOR SKIN
TrueNorth
Animation / Short 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. Summer 2016
BIRTH OF A FAMILY Documentary / Mid Length Director: Tasha Hubbard

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Betty Ann Adam’s family has never been together. Betty Ann and her three siblings were taken from their Dene mother, Mary Jane, during the 60s Scoop, where Indigenous children were taken from their families and fostered or adopted into white homes. Betty Ann has found and connected with her birth siblings and although Mary Jane is no longer alive, Betty is using Mary Jane’s settlement from the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement to bring her siblings together for the first time – to try to create the family they were never allowed to have. Fall 2016
MEMENTO MORI Documentary / Feature Director: Niobe Thompson

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

Co-Producer: Rosie Dransfeld,
ID Productions

MEMENTO MORI tells the powerful story of how the tragedy of one person’s death saves the lives of many others. Organ transplant medicine is truly spectacular and we will be right there with our cameras, at the heart of the world class Alberta Transplant Institute, documenting the emotions and lives at play Fall 2016
In production
DIGITAL NORTH: STRING STORIES Interactive Creator: Nyla Innuksuk

Producer: Alicia Smith

Part of the Digital North 1.0 Initiative, “Stories Through String” is a web project that uses traditional string storytelling techniques to talk about the lives of young Inuit today. Winter 2016
WALL
the-wall
Documentary / Feature Length Director: Cam Christiansen

Producers: Bonnie Thompson,
David Christensen

An animated adaptation of David Hare’s critically acclaimed monologue WALL exploring both sides of the Israel/Palestine separation barrier. In the West the barrier exists as an almost abstract notion. On the ground it is an ominous concrete reality with far-reaching effects on the people who live there. WALL looks at the very complicated questions that the barrier proposes; that it has demonstrably helped to secure Israel at the same time as it has had life-shattering implications for the Palestinians whose lives it divides. Spring 2017
METAMORPHOSIS Documentary / Feature Length Directors: Nova Ami,
Velcrow Ripper

Producers: Bonnie Thompson,
David Christensen

Co-Producer: Transparent Film

A visually stunning and emotionally compelling exploration of 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
In development
PATRIATION PROJECT Documentary / Interactive Creator: Kat Cizek

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

How familiar are we, as Canadians, with our Constitution? This interactive project is targeted at secondary and 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 Documentary / Short 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 mis-guided narrative about Canadian identity. The film links the historical reality of John Ware’s life and the experience of “otherness” Cheryl share with him.
DRAG THE RED Interactive Creator: Katherena Vermette

Producer: Alicia Smith

Drag the Red is an interactive photo essay by Metis writer Katherena Vermette. Kate’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.
ARCTIC SONGS Animation / Short 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.
CONVICTIONS Documentary / Interactive Creators: Shawn Metler,
Robin Schlaht

Producer: David Christensen

An intimate look at a society on the cusp of mass migration, as thousands of Mexican Mennonite families embattling deep poverty and entangled with violent drug cartels contemplate a return to the Canadian prairies that their forefathers fled in the 1920s.
MISPON Documentary / Short Directors: Frederick Kroestch
Kurt Spenrath

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

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.
THE SKIN OF THE SKY IS BURNING Documentary / Feature Director: Tom Radford

Producer: Bonnie Thompson

The Skin of the Sky is Burning is 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 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 on an island without clean water, and determined to liberate itself from a century of human rights violations. The path to their new future is Freedom Road, the road that will connect Shoal Lake 40 to the TransCanada Highway, with access to the world and basic necessities of life.
A CHANGE OF SCENERY Animated / Short 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.

 

Digital Studio
Title Genre / Length Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer Synopsis Release
In release
SEANCES INTERACTIVE Interactive Co-Creators: Guy Maddin,
Evan 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. The project was born from the mind of one of the world’s foremost outré directors, Guy Maddin and brothers Evan and Galen Johnson, with the express goal of combining and recombining them to create infinite narrative permutations. World premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016
CARDBOARD CRASH
UNARMED VERSES
Interactive VR Creator: Vince McCurley

Producer: Loc Dao

In a world of AI and self-driving cars, who determines the ethics algorithm to handle emergency situations? In this VR vignette, the user is slowed down to bullet-time, becoming the computer, and forced to confront a hard decision where there is plenty of data, but no easy answer. Showcased at IDFA 2015 and launched at Sundance 2016
Coming Soon
OCEAN FALLS
Ocean Falls
Interactive Creators: Jody Sugrue,
Tom Stanley &
the NFB Digital Studio

Producer: Loc Dao

What happens when we displace an aboriginal 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 2016
BABA Interactive Producer: Nicholas Klassen An interactive photo essay that follows the journey of Magida, a 1st generation Canadian looking for answers about her own identity by retracing the steps of her father – meeting his childhood friends and distant relatives she has never met back in Lebanon. While there she witnesses the fraught political realities of present-day Lebanon and ultimately, comes to a greater understanding of her Canadian identity.
In Production
CANADA AT 150 Interactive Creators: Various

Producer: Nicholas Klassen

A collection of 13 interactive photo essays on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Using the thematic filter of legacy/inheritance, these first person stories will provide insightful and unexpected perspectives on who we are and where we’re going; on what we’ve received from the past and the legacy we are leaving for future generations. Summer 2017
In development
TARO’S WORLD Interactive VR Creator: Paisley Smith

Producer: Loc Dao

Taro’s World follows Taro, a Japanese foreign exchange student based in Vancouver suffering from intense loneliness, cultural separation and physical isolation. Told from the perspective of his Canadian host family, the project follows his spiral into an online video gaming addiction, and eventual suicide while in their home. The project will mix CG, hand-drawn illustration, photos, audio and 3d environments in a VR experience for Google Cardboard / Occulus Rift.
RARE EARTH Interactive Creator: 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.
PERSISTENT INFECTION Interactive 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.
WWJJD: LIFE, DEATH & DATA Interactive Co-Creators: Jer Thorpe &
The NFB Digital Studio

Producer: Loc Dao

A data driven narrative that explores and challenges the assumptions and myths around how small and big data are shaping our cities today. The societal wisdom of Jane Jacob’s writing will be applied to Toronto, New York and Vancouver, and act as a metaphor to illuminate the challenges that lie ahead.
TANGLES Interactive Co-Creators: Leah Nelson,
Sarah Leavitt

Producers: Shirley Vercruysse,
Dana Dansereau

Based on the critically acclaimed graphic memoir of the same name, Tangles explores Alzheimer’s disease from the point of view of an adult daughter whose mother developed early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 52.
MY ENEMY MY BROTHER INTERACTIVE Interactive Co-Creators: Ann Shin,
Navid Khonsari

Producer: Loc Dao

Follows the story of Najah and Zahed, two soldiers on opposite sides of the Iran-Iraq war, who became blood brothers through an incredible act of human compassion, and then the miraculous coincidence which brought them back together in Vancouver 20 years later.
ANXIETY Interactive Creator: Jody Sigrue

Producer: Loc Dao

Co-Producer: The Gaurdian

An interactive documentary that reflects what anxiety means for you personally. Contributions of your anxiousness and fears will be paired with data from the world around you, connecting your individual perspective to our universal human condition.
CLYDE HENRY VR Co-Creators: Chris Lavis
Maciek Szcerbowki

Producer: Dana Dansereau

A stereoscopic interactive VR experiment from Chris Lavis, Maciek Szcerbowki and NFB Digital Studio. Our mutual goal will be 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.

 

Ontario Studio
Title Genre / Length Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer Synopsis Release
In release
THE APOLOGY
apology
Documentary / Feature Length Director: Tiffany Hsiung

Producer: Anita Lee

The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were girls forced into military sexual slavery during World War II. Now in their 80s and 90s and after decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they struggle to reveal the truth and ensure this history is not forgotten. The Apology explores the legacy of sexual violence and reflects the incredible resilience of the human spirit to heal and have hope. World premiere at Hot Docs in April 2016
Coming Soon
WORLD IN A CITY
UNARMED VERSES
Documentary / Short Creator: Brett Story

Producer: David Oppenheim

A Toronto artist attempts to photograph immigrants from every country in the world as part of his Cosmopolis Project. Along the way we meet one of his photo subjects and a small chorus of urban thinkers who explore the meaning of diversity, the profound economic dislocation experienced by new immigrants, and how cities and their inhabitants co-produce each other. Part of the global Big Cities project. Summer 2016
AS THE CROW FLIES
AS THE CROW FLIES
Documentary / Feature Length 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. Fall 2016
UNARMED VERSES
UNARMED VERSES
Documentary / Feature Length 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. Fall 2016
THE APOLOGY DIGITAL Interactive Creator: 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. Fall 2016
In production
A BETTER MAN
Documentary / Feature Length Directors: Larry Jackman
Attiya Kahn

Producer: Justine Pimlott

Co-Producer: Christine Kleckner,
Intervention Productions Inc.

A 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. Winter 2017
THE ROSES
Documentary / Mid Length 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
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
Documentary / Feature Length 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
Projects in development
PARIS TO PYONGYANG Documentary / Feature Length Director: Helen Lee

Producer: Anita Lee

The late legendary filmmaker, Chris Marker, embarked on a trip with a group of French writers and artists to North Korea in 1958, five years following the end of a devastating civil war that divided North from South. The following year in France he produced a book of photographs with accompanying text, Coréennes (1959). In Paris to Pyongyang, the French New Wave meets stark North Korean realties in a cross-cultural travelogue that explores temporalities of discovery, memory, and desire.
NOT A MOVIE Documentary / Feature Length Director: Yung Chang

Producer: Anita Lee

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 also reflects on an end of an era for old school journalism as newspapers vanish or shift to digital formats and what this might mean for society at large.
HISPANIOLA Documentary / Feature Length 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.
GENOMICS Interactive Creator: Britt Wray

Producer: David Oppenheim

Genomics 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 Documentary / Feature Length Director: Rama Rau

Producer: Justine Pimlott

A cinematic observational feature documentary that explores 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.