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Johanna Schneller, host of The Filmmakers
Photo source: CBC Media Centre

The Filmmakers is a new 30-minute series of studio conversations with some of the talent behind the greatest Canadian films of the past 20 years.

Airing on CBC and hosted by Johanna Schneller, each of the 11-episodes centres on one film that will air immediately after the talk show.  The series kicks off on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 8:30pm with an interview with Atom Egoyan followed by his The Sweet Hereafter.

Some of the other artists featured include Xavier Dolan, Sarah Polley, Director X, Mina Shum, Kim Nguyen, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Zacharias Kunuk and Jennifer Baichwal.

Guest panelists include Connor Jessup, David Suzuki, Stephanie Morgenstern, Cameron Bailey, Sook-Yin Lee, Eli Glasner, Edward Burtynsky, Cazhhmere and Academy Award-winner Sylvain Bellemare.

Check your local CBC listings to confirm showtimes.

This is the published schedule:

July 22THE SWEET HEREAFTER – Directed by Atom Egoyan

July 29 – STORIES WE TELL – Directed by Sarah Polley

August 5 – LAST NIGHT – Directed by Don McKellar

August 12  INCENDIES – Directed by Denis Villeneuve

August 19 – DOUBLE HAPPINESS – Directed by Mina Shum

August 26REBELLE (WAR WITCH) Directed by Kim Nguyen

September 2 – J’AI TUÉ MA MÈRE (I KILLED MY MOTHER) Directed by Xavier Dolan

September 9WATER – Directed by Deepa Mehta

September 16ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) – Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

September 23MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

September 30ACROSS THE LINE (fka COLE HARBOUR) Directed by Director X

14. February 2016 · Comments Off on Stephanie Dudley’s ‘Captured in the Woods’ – X Company: Animated · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Short Films · Tags: , , , ,

For each of the episodes of the second season of the TV series X Company, the CBC has engaged artists from around Canada and the world to re-imagine a scene in their medium to create the series X Company Animated.  Captured in the Woods is a recreation of the frightening and disorienting atmosphere of being pursued through the woods, a scene from episode 3,  reimaged by Stephanie Dudley.

Captured in the Woods
Animation by: Stephanie Dudley
Puppet Costumes by Allison Easson
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10. February 2016 · Comments Off on This Changes Everything · Categories: Documentaries, Television · Tags: , , ,

05_naomi_klein_in_ny-1024x677Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years the documentary This Changes Everything is described as “an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.”

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller of the same name, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities believed to be on the front lines of climate change.  The film takes viewers from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

The film was screened at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 where it was awarded the 2nd place People’s Choice Award.  You can watch it on the main CBC Network on Friday February 18th.  Check your local listings.

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29. January 2016 · Comments Off on Ann Shin’s ‘My Enemy, My Brother’ · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Documentaries · Tags: , , , , ,

annshinIn her film My Enemy, My Brother, filmmaker Ann Shin shines a light on the current refugee crisis by looking back at the story of Zahed and Najah, two men who came to Canada after fighting on opposite sides of the Iran-Iraq war.  Shin is a filmmaker and writer based in Toronto.

“Her journalism career began at CBC Radio where she produced for a number of shows including Metro Morning, Tapestry, Roots and Wings, Sunday Morning Live. During this time she produced sound poetry and radio documentaries, including How to Breathe the Air of our Ancestors, which won a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals in 1998. Realizing her love for long-form documentary, Ann moved into television and began to produce for television series for a number of networks, as well as direct independent documentaries.” — Wikipedia

“It’s interesting to talk about this film in this time when people are questioning how many refugees we should allow in from Syria and how they should be screened. Zahed and Najah were both refugees when they arrived here from Iran and Iraq — two countries that are not seen as benign, friendly countries necessarily. And you see that they’ve made honest livings and contributed so much to their society.” — Ann Shin interviewed on CBC’s Exhibitionists. More »