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Corus-Hot Docs Funds Recipients 2011

Round Eight: Completion Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included Andrew Johnson, Production Executive Factual Content, Corus; Robin Smith, Owner / President, KinoSmith Inc.; and Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Six completion grants totalling $142,000 were awarded to the following projects:

ARIEL
Producer: Sarah Spring
Director: Laura Bari
Production Company: Parabola Films

Ariel lost his legs 10 years ago while repairing an industrial bread machine. Now approaching 40, he is using his genius as a mechanical engineer to revolutionize prosthetics to bend and flex in-line with the human body.

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Producer: Tom Powers
Director: Paul Taylor
Production Company: Open Door Co.

In Calgary, Alberta, a conflict is raging between a group of neo-Nazi skinheads and a family of anti-racism protestors.

THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA
Producer: Ann Shin
Director: Ann Shin
Production Company: FathomFilm Group

THE DEFECTOR follows several defectors and aid workers who risk their own lives to take North Korean fugitives across China through Southeast Asia and into Europe and North America.

GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE
Producer: Mila Aung-Thwin, Nina Beveridge, Liz Marshall
Director: Liz Marshall
Production Company: Ghosts Media Inc.

A cross-platform documentary, GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE seeks to uncover the dark recesses of our anthropocentric society and to illuminate the lives of individual animals used for human profit and consumption.

SEMISWEET
Producer: Lalita Krishna
Director: Michael Allcock
Production Company: In Sync Video

Jump into the rich world of chocolate - a world of delicious sweets, dark secrets, and chocolate freedom fighters.

THIS TOUR HAS 22 CITIES
Producer: Rob Blackie
Executive Producers: John Vatcher, Allan Hawco, Michael Levine, Lewisport Productions Inc.
Director: Peter Esteves
Production Company: Take The Shot Productions Inc.

A personal journey through the life and career of Canadian comedian Shaun Majumder, told in part through his personal standup performance, which highlights his family roots and upbringing in Burlington, Newfoundland.


Round Eight: Development Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included Michael Kot, SVP Factual Entertainment, Entertainment One Television; Barbara Shearer, Production Executive Factual Content, Corus; and Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Five no-interest loans totalling $56,000 were awarded to the following projects:

ADAM COHEN: THE FAMILY BUSINESS
Producer and Director: George Tsioutsioulas
Production Company: Entertainment Business Affairs (Film and TV) Inc.

The journey a musician goes through to find his own voice while attempting to step out from the enormous shadow that his famous father – Leonard Cohen – has cast over him his entire life.

THE ADVENTURES OF DR. CRACKHEAD
Producer: Michael Savoie, Jennifer DiCresce
Director: Michael Savoie

Peter Ferentzy juggles his sober, restrained life as an addictions professional with his fantasy-filled addicted life. What makes this enigmatic man tick? Will success change this divided life he leads?

FRACTURED LAND
Producer: Tara Mahoney
Executive Producer: Daniel Conrad
Directors: Fiona Rayher, Damien Gillis
Production Company: Gen Why Media

FRACTURED LAND tells of a global struggle between the multi-billion-dollar shale gas “fracking” industry and an embattled First Nations culture, amidst the beautiful wilderness of northeastern British Columbia.

DAVID & ME (formerly REASONABLE DOUBT)
Producer: Michael McNamara
Executive Producer: Judy Holm
Directors: Marc Lamy, Ray Klonsky
Production Company: Markham Street Films

When troubled teen Ray Klonsky began writing letters to prison inmate David McCallum, both of their lives changed forever. Hundreds of letters later, Ray graduated from university determined to set his friend free.

SHADOW GIRL
Producer: Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Executive Producer: Ed Barreveld
Director: Maria Teresa Larrain
Production Company: Storyline Entertainment

Filmmaker Maria Teresa Larrain bravely opens up her journey into darkness, leading the audience into the unknown as she fights to keep her dignity and her voice as an artist, searching for a new way to see the world.


Round Seven: Completion Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included Charlotte Engel, Founder/President, Rock Yenta Productions; Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director Factual Content, Corus; and Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Six completion grants totaling $182,000 were awarded to the following projects:

BUZKASHI!
Producers: Micheline Shoebridge, Najeeb Mirza
Executive Producers: Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin
Director: Najeeb Mirza
Production Company: Buzkashi Productions, Inc.

BUZKASHI! uses an ancient sport to explore the tension between old ways and modernization in the former Soviet state of Tajikistan.

THE LOST HIGHWAY
Producers and Directors: Derreck Roemer, Neil Graham
Production Company: Insurgent Project 1 Ltd.

THE LOST HIGHWAY is a compelling human drama that reveals the dreams and struggles of unlikely neighbours in a rural region that is either poised for rebirth or hopelessly mired in poverty.

THE MANOR
Producer: Paul Scherzer
Director: Shawney Cohen
Production Company: Six Island Productions Inc.

After 15 years apart, Shawney Cohen is plunged into a world of desperate workers, drug-addled tenants, ex-convicts, and police sting operations as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged family.

TEAM BONES
Producer and Director: Alan Code
Production Company: Nah Ho! Productions Inc.

An adventure story, TEAM BONES presents the story and experiences of an amputee orthopedic surgeon/long-distance solo kayaker in the context of the Yukon River Quest.

THE WAITING ROOM
Producer: Yanick Létourneau, Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque
Executive Producer: Yanick Létourneau
Director: Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque
Production Company: Périphéria Productions Inc.

THE WAITING ROOM follows the journeys of young people who leave the peaceful capital Khartoum to travel between North and South Sudan.

THE WORLD BEFORE HER
Producer: Ed Barreveld, Cornelia Principe
Director: Nisha Pahuja
Production Company: Storyline Entertainment

Following three young contestants, THE WORLD BEFORE HER takes us into the world of Miss India, the most controversial pageant in the country.


Round Seven: Development Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included Maria Farano, Production Executive-Factual Content, Corus; Justine Pimlott, Producer/Director, Red Queen Productions Inc; and Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Five no-interest loans totaling $60,000 were awarded to the following projects:

FIRST LADY, REBEL WAR
Producers and Executive Producers: David Paperny, Cal Shumiatcher
Director: Jodie Martinson
Production Company: Paperny Films Development (2) Inc.

FIRST LADY, REBEL WAR tells the story of women who leverage their pasts as the child brides of hunted African war criminals into bright futures for their children and themselves.

HADWIN’S JUDGMENT – THE MAKING OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORIST
Producer: Elizabeth Yake
Director: Sasha Snow
Production Company: True West Films

HADWIN’S JUDGMENT – THE MAKING OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORIST reconstructs the events leading up to and following the 1997 destruction of the 300 year old Golden Spruce on Haida Gwaii by eco-terrorist Grant Hadwin.

HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE
Producers: Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon
Executive Producer: Michael McMahon
Director: Jay Cheel
Production Company: Primitive Entertainment

A non-fiction science-fiction film, HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE investigates the existential problems of time travel and the lengths people will go to when they believe they might have the opportunity to turn back time.

LAND HUNGRY
Producers: Deborah Parks, Nadine Pequeneza
Director: Nadine Pequeneza
Production Company: HitPlay Productions Inc.

From boardroom to jungle, LAND HUNGRY follows a venture capitalist’s bold expansion plan for his 100,000 plus hectare farming venture.

TORONTO 18
Producer and Director: David York
Production Company: 52 Media Inc.

An exploration of the actions and motivations of the Toronto 18 – young men who attempted to carry out the largest terrorist attack in Canadian history.



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