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 »

03. August 2015 · Comments Off on Murray Foster’s ‘The Cocksure Lads’ · Categories: Feature Films, Television · Tags: , , ,

murrayheadshot-2The Cocksure Lads, a band from England, come to Toronto on their first-ever North American tour. Ten minutes after arriving, they get into a fight over royalties and break up. The Lads scatter across the city, and spend the day drinking, fighting, meeting girls, falling in love, and searching for a claw-foot bathtub. Through it all they learn what it means to be a band – but can they patch things up before their big show that night?

Director Murray Foster was born in Toronto, attended the University of Toronto, obtaining a degree in English.  While he was there, he formed Moxy Fruvous with three high school friends.  He joined the band Great Big Sea in 2001.  Although a musician by profession, Murray has always had a keen interest for writing.  Although he dabbled in different forms of fiction he didn’t start screenwriting until he entered a local play competition.  After a collective called Filmcoop produced one of his short plays he was quickly pulled into the world of filmmaking in 2010. — official site

Foster pitched the film on the episode of CBC’s Dragons’ Den that aired on January 21, 2015.

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Secret War, a documentary about veterans who join an equine therapy program will have its broadcast television premiere on CBC Ottawa on Saturday August 1st at 7pm as part of the channel’s Ottawa Docs 2015.  Recent graduates from the Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program, Fangliang Xu, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Shannon Lough created the short film last fall as part of the documentary class taught by Michael Ostroff.

Here’s a clip of the film posted on CBC’s Absolutely Ottawa page.

We interviewed the filmmakers earlier this year for the second episode of our #OttawaIndieFilm series.  Here’s our Season 1 recap vid for the series.

Tune in to CBC Ottawa on Saturday August 1 at 7pm for Ottawa Docs.


27. April 2015 · Comments Off on Muneeza in the Middle: A documentary by Hoda Elatawi · Categories: Documentaries, News, Ottawa · Tags: , , , , ,

Locally produced documentary Muneeza in the Middle is streaming on CBC’s website for free for a limited time.

Muneeza in the Middle is the story of a 2nd generation Muslim at odds with her religion that urges followers to be modest in all facets of life.  Director Hoda Elatawi was recently awarded Best Documentary for the film at SAW Video‘s inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards. More »