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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 РDirected by Denis Villeneuve

August 19 –¬†DOUBLE HAPPINESS – Directed by Mina Shum

August 26REBELLE (WAR WITCH) Directed by Kim Nguyen

September 2 –¬†J‚ÄôAI TU√Č MA M√ąRE (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 (aka COLE HARBOUR) Directed by Director X

06. January 2016 · Comments Off on Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson win $100,000 Best Canadian Film award · Categories: Feature Films, News · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
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Congratulations to Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin and his co-director Evan Johnson on winning the 2015¬†Rogers $100,000 Best Canadian Film Award, presented at the Toronto Film Critics Association awards gala last night for their film The Forbidden Room. ¬†Here’s the trailer for the film.

The runners up were¬†Philippe Falardeau‚Äôs My Internship In Canada and Andrew Cividino‚Äôs Sleeping Giant, each awarded $5,000 by the Toronto Film Critics Association. ¬†Deepa Mehta was the recipient of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, $50,000 in film services bestowed on a filmmaker of her choice. ¬†Mehta chose documentary director Nisha Pahuja. ¬†Check out the TFCA website at¬†torontofilmcritics.com for more information. More »

21. September 2015 · Comments Off on Deepa Mehta, In Profile – NFB · Categories: Documentaries · Tags: , , , ,
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UnknownDirected by Nettie Wild, this short film is a tribute to award-winning director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta. A true cultural hybrid, Mehta has been described as a ‚Äútransnational‚ÄĚ artist, able to tell universally meaningful stories from a uniquely Canadian point of view. In a career spanning over 30 years she has consistently broken new ground, tackling such controversial issues as intolerance, cultural discrimination and domestic violence. As an Indian who grew up speaking English first in a British Colonial School and then learning Hindi, she finds her passion and her stories in India, and the freedom to choose how to tell those stories in Canada. — NFB


(Video profile produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation)

Read about Deepa’s latest project ‘Beeba Boys’ here. ¬†Deepa Mehta at TIFF produced by THE NOMADS.

13. July 2015 · Comments Off on Deepa Mehta’s ‘Beeba Boys’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , , ,
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si-mehta-deepa-getty-84114342Culture and Crime clash violently when five young charismatic Sikh gangsters vie to take over the Vancouver drug and arms scene in Deepa Mehta‘s Beeba Boys.

Beeba Boys is a ferocious, fast-paced story inspired by real incidents and characters. It takes us inside the world of Jeet Johar, a loving single father, a dutiful son, a proud, observant Sikh and a ruthless gangster managing a team of stylish, charismatic but brutal and unforgiving young men. Competing with rival gangs for increasingly shrinking turf, Jeet is under pressure that only increases when he falls for a beautiful blond juror at his murder trial and takes under his wing a new member with a suspicious background. — Twitch

Shot in Vancouver, the film stars Randeep Hooda, Sarah Allen, Waris Ahluwalia, Paul Gross, and Ali Momen star and is scheduled to open theatrically in October 2015. Here’s a trailer.

Deepa Mehta at TIFF 2015, video produced by THE NOMADS.