Posts Tagged ‘Ontario Studio’

Lights, Camera, Parity: NFB Women Shine at Hot Docs

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It’s a banner year for NFB women directors. Only weeks after the NFB made its historic commitment to gender parity in production, Canada’s public producer is heading to Hot Docs with no fewer than eight films by women directors — a diverse crop of new and classic titles that includes four feature docs making their

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Unarmed Verses: Singing their Own Song

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13 year-old Francine Valentine and the other kids from Villaways Park rarely get to come downtown, let alone record their own songs in a professional studio. Yet here they are: laying down some tracks. Making their own kind of music. Filmmaker Charles Officer is on hand to capture the moment – and the scene is

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NFB English Production: Five to Watch in 2016

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2016 kicked off on a high note here at the NFB with news that Canada’s public producer has nabbed 19 Canadian Screen Award nominations – getting the nod in no fewer than 14 different categories. The same range and innovation is evident in the English Program’s current production slate. Here are five projects to keep

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Feature Docs Take Flight at NFB

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Updated September 17, 2015 The Toronto International Film Festival, which kicked off on September 10, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a program that boasts one of the biggest documentary sections in the event’s history. Among the non-fiction titles getting world premieres is a much anticipated feature doc from Pacific & Yukon Studio, Ninth Floor,

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Astra Taylor Pops Question: What Is Democracy?

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Nobody can accuse filmmaker and author Astra Taylor of shying away from an intellectual and creative challenge. Her latest documentary project takes on the set of ideas and practices that we’ve come to know as democracy – aiming to reframe the concept within the economic and political realities of the 21st century. What is Democracy?

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Indigenous New Wave: NFB at the Pan Am Games

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Archival footage serves as both inspiration and raw material in Souvenir, an audacious series of shorts by Aboriginal artists that gets its world premiere during the upcoming Pan Am Games in Toronto. Four leading figures in the Indigenous arts — Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby and Michelle Latimer — have each crafted a three-to-four-minute

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Creative Doc Lab: Non-fiction Spreads its Wings

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It was the NFB’s founding film commissioner, that great Scottish visionary John Grierson, who actually coined the term “documentary” — and from its inception Canada’s public producer has played a leading role in developing the genre. With the feature-length doc currently enjoying an international renaissance, the NFB has partnered with the Canadian Film Centre to

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Tess Takes Off: As the Crow Flies

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At the age of 17, Tess Girard learned to fly. It was the summer of 2000 and she was among a group of young people who received intensive pilot training with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. “It was one of the most demanding things I’ve ever done — and it was magic,” she remembers. “Later

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Unarmed Verses: Singing their Own Song

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Updated February 28, 2016. 13 year-old Francine Valentine and the other kids from Villaways Park rarely get to come downtown, let alone record their own songs in a professional studio. Yet here they are: laying down some tracks. Making their own kind of music. Filmmaker Charles Officer is on hand to capture the moment –

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The Apology Revisits Issue of WWII Sexual Slavery

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Historians generally refer to them as “the comfort women,” but the term hardly begins to describe the horror they endured. Tiffany Hsiung has come to think of them as “the grandmothers.” For over five years the young Toronto-based filmmaker (above left) has been unpacking their painful and unresolved history, gradually winning the trust of women

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Interactive Portrait Goes Inside US Prison System

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You have a call from Herman Wallace at Louisiana State Penitentiary… So begins The Deeper They Bury Me, an interactive portrait of one of America’s most famous political prisoners — and an inside look at the system that held him in solitary confinement for most of his adult life. One of the Angola Three, Herman

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English Program: Five to Watch in ’15

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Get an overview of 5 projects in production at the National Film Board of Canada – including new docs, interactives, and the NFB’s very first featured animated documentary.

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