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Corus-Hot Docs Funds Recipients 2008

Round Two: Completion Fund

A total of 31 eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included Michael Kot, VP Factual Content, Canwest Media Inc.; Jennifer Baichwal, Director, Mercury Films Inc., and Michaelle McLean. Five completion grants totalling $186,000 were awarded to the following projects:

HARMLESS
Producer: Kristina McLaughlin
Director: Alan Zweig
Production Company: Primitive Entertainment Inc.

HARMLESS is a film about older men and women who, having spent much of their lives in and out of prison, are given the chance to reflect upon their experience and how it has changed them – if it has indeed changed them at all.

LAND
Producers: Paul Scherzer, Julian Pinder
Director: Julian Pinder
Production Company: Six Island Films Inc.

Told through the eyes of a Canadian filmmaker-cum-Nicaraguan landowner, the documentary LAND depicts the age-old fight between Pueblo and Imperialistas, transcending boundaries as it wraps itself around an uncertain future.

MANNERS MAKETH MEN
Producers: Amanda Handy, Mark Johnston
Director: Sarah Goodman
Production Company: Nomad Films Inc.

MANNERS MAKETH MEN is about the emotional cost of growing up male and privileged. It tracks the loss of innocence of a group of teenage boys at an elite private boys’ school during the course of more than a year as they try to figure out what it means to be a man.

THE MAN WHO SAVED GEOMETRY
Producer: Danny Iron
Director: Daniel New
Production Company: Foundry Films Inc.

THE MAN WHO SAVED GEOMETRY explores the multi-dimensional shapes, curved spaces and a world of ideas that stretch the powers of our imagination, as seen through the eyes, mind and legacy of Donald Coxeter a professor at the UofT for 60 years.

TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM
Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin
Director: Omar Majeed
Production Company: EyeSteelFilm Inc.

Misfit Muslims the world over are embracing a new subculture called Taqwacore, a.k.a. Punk islam. TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM is the story of the three unlikely rebels who dreamed up the whole thing.


Round Two: Development Fund

A total of 45 eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included Sean Farnel, Director of Programming, Hot Docs; Sarah Jane Flynn, Director Factual Content, Canwest Media Inc., and Ian Herring, Executive Producer, Parallax Film Productions Inc. Four no-interest loans totalling $60,000 were awarded to the following projects:

EDGES OF LOVE
Producer and Director: Maureen Judge
Production Company: Makin’ Movies Inc.

EDGES OF LOVE is a vérité style documentary that follows five couples whose relationships have reached the proverbial “seven year itch,” presenting a provocative reflection on romantic love and the dream of eternal bliss.

PEDOPHILE?
Producer and Director: Barbara Shearer
Production Company: Pink Slip Productions

PEDOPHILE? is a documentary about child pornography from the perspective of those who indulge, and those who seek to purge society of one of its most evil persuasions.

TIANANMEN SQUARE 20 YEARS LATER
Producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
Directors: Yung Chang, Shui-bo Wang
Production Company: EyeSteelFilm Inc.

June 4, 2009 will be the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. TIANANMEN 20 YEARS LATER is a feature documentary on the stories of the student leaders who escaped abroad after the crackdown in 1989.

WHEN I WALK
Producer and Director: Jason DaSilva
Production Company: In Face Films Inc.

After working as a filmmaker for ten years, Jason DaSilva put his experience with having progressive Multiple Sclerosis to the screen with WHEN I WALK. His journey as a 30-year-old film director paints a picture of a complex disease amidst complex circumstances.


Round One: Completion Fund

A total of 46 eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included Michael Kot, VP Factual Content, Canwest Media Inc., Rachel Low, President, Red Apple Entertainment, and Michaelle McLean. Six completion grants totalling $258 000 were awarded to the following projects:

ACT OF GOD
Producer: Nick dePencier, Daniel Iron, Jennifer Baichwal
Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Production Company: Mercury Films/Foundry Lightning Inc. (Toronto, ON)

ACT OF GOD is a feature documentary about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning, an event that can precipitate questions about chance, inevitability, faith, doubt and meaning in life.

CAT LADIES
Producer: Suzanne Mullett, Sally Blake
Director: Christie Callan-Jones
Production Company: Cat Ladies Productions Inc. (Toronto, ON)

CAT LADIES unravels the real story behind the oft-ridiculed ‘cat lady’, creating a sensitive and emotionally honest portrait of women whose lives and self-worth have become intractably linked to cats.

LAST TRAIN HOME
Producers: Mila Aung-Thwin, Daniel Cross
Director: Lixin Fan
Production Company: EyeSteelFilm Inc. (Montreal, QC)

Set amidst the world’s largest regular human migration, LAST TRAIN HOME follows a family over two years as their relationships are torn apart by years of separation in an era of “labor export” and urban migration.

LOVE AT THE STARLITE MOTEL
Producer and Director: Alison Rose
Production Company: Inigo Motel Inc. (Toronto, ON)

LOVE AT THE STARLITE MOTEL takes you inside the world of a by-the-hour motel in Miami to hear the confessions of its guests.

ROSEBUD
Producers: Frederic Bohbot, Evan Beloff
Directors: Cameron Esler, Tadzio Richards
Production Company: Bunbury Films Inc. (Montréal, QC)

In the Rosebud River Valley, an hour east of Calgary, the water in many homes can be lit on fire. Everyone agrees there’s gas in the water, but few agree on why.

WATERLIFE
Producers: Kristina McLaughlin, Michael McMahon
Director: Kevin McMahon
Production Company: Primitive Entertainment (Toronto, ON)

WATERLIFE is about the epic cascade of North America’s Great Lakes toward the Atlantic Ocean, telling the story of how the greatest body of fresh water on Earth is slowly transformed as it travels through the thickening machinations of modern society.


Round One: Development Fund

A total of 78 eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included Sean Farnel, Director of Programming, Hot Docs; Sarah Jane Flynn, Director Factual Content, Canwest Media Inc., and Louise Lore. Six no-interest loans totalling $80 000 were awarded to the following projects:

DARK CHOCOLATE
Producer: Lalita Krishna
Production Company: In Sync Video (Toronto, ON)

Based on the book Bitter Chocolate by CBC journalist Carol Off, DARK CHOCOLATE traces the journey of the cocoa bean from the killing fields of Cote D’Ivoire to the New York trading floor.

OFFENDER FAMILIES - FORGIVING MURDER IN THE FAMILY
Producer and Director: John Kastner
Production Company: JS Kastner Productions Ltd. (Toronto, ON)

OFFENDER FAMILIES examines the almost unbearable choice families face when one member murders another: accept the killer back into the family or cast him out.

REENA VIRK
Producers: Thomas Wallner, Keith Clarkson
Director: Thomas Wallner
Production Company: Xenophile Media Inc. (Toronto, ON)

The film examines the emotional aftermath and the complex - and sometimes surprising - personal journeys of those affected by a teen swarming and killing ten years after the event.

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
Producer: John Christou
Director: Tracey Deer
Production Company: Prospector Films Inc. (Montreal, QC)

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS will delve into the highly political and emotionally charged landscape of the Canadian residential school debacle.

THE STORIES WE TELL
Producers: Sonia Hosko, Sarah Polley
Director: Sarah Polley
Production Company: Tangled Productions Inc. (Toronto, ON)

THE STORIES WE TELL is a documentary about the nature memory and of storytelling.

TWINSTERHOOD
Producers: Allison Grace, Doug Block
Director: Allison Grace
Production Company: Fall From Grace Productions Inc. (Toronto, ON)

TWINSTERHOOD follows the story of 44-year-old twin sisters Monda and Sonia as they endure the greatest emotional transition they’ve ever had to face: a trial separation from each other.



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