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Corus-Hot Docs Funds Recipients 2012

Round 10: Completion Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included: Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director, Factual Content – Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Robert Culbert, Owner, Culbert Productions and Consulting. Three completion grants totalling $86,000 were awarded to the following projects:

ARCTIC MOSQUE
Director: Saira Rahman
Producers: Joanne T. Levy, Nilufer Rahman
Production Company: Snow Angel Films Inc.

A little mosque overcomes great odds during its 4000 km journey by road and water from Winnipeg to Inuvik, a small arctic town with about 80 Muslims, where its opening is an unprecedented celebration for the town.

GRANDPARENTING
Director: Karen Shopsowitz
Producers: Karen Shopsowitz
Production Company: 2304030 Ontario Inc.

GRANDPARENTING takes an intimate look at the lives of several grandparents who have taken full legal custody of their grandchildren because their own children’s problems.

LIVING DOLLS
Director and Producer: Maureen Judge
Production Company: Makin’ Movies Inc.

LIVING DOLLS is a whimsical and moving journey into the lives of five doll lovers, whose personal needs are mirrored and amplified by their dolls, revealing the dynamic relationships between the collector, doll and the outside world.


Round 10: Development Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included: Barbara Shearer, Production Executive, Original Factual Content, Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Lucie Tremblay, President, Lowik Media.Five no-interest loans totalling $55,000 were awarded to the following projects:

HOMEGROWN
Director and Producer: Theresa Wynnyk
Production Company: Company of Women on the Screen

From the point of view of two families, HOMEGROWN looks at the increasing phenomenon of homegrown extremism within Canada, exploring the roots of this right wing element, its growth, and what the future holds for these groups, and for the country.

KEEPERS OF THE MAGIC
Director: Vic Sarin
Producer: Tina Pehme, Kim Roberts
Production Company: Sepia Films Ltd.

As the majority of today’s filmmakers move to digital, KEEPERS OF THE MAGIC speaks with the most celebrated cinematographers from around the world to uncover untold stories of working with film while shooting some of the most memorable cinematic moments in history.

MICHAEL SHANNON MICHAEL SHANNON JOHN
Director: Chelsea McMullan
Producer: Nadia Tavazzani
Production Company: One Thousand and One Productions

Twelve years ago, well respected Canadian police officer John Hanmer was mysteriously murdered in the Philippines after getting caught up in drugs and bikers gangs. His surviving children – from two separate families – share memories of their complicated father.

A TOMB WITH A VIEW
Director and Producer: Ryan J. Noth
Production Company: Fifth Town Films

In a São Paulo suburb, the tallest building is a condominium tower and all its occupants are dead. Memorial Necrópole Ecumênica is a trendsetting vertical cemetery where tombs are sold like condo units and owners angle for the best view in their eternal resting place.

TWO ON FIVE
Director: Craig Jackson, Justin Weinstein
Producer: Craig Jackson
Production Company: Kings Point Productions Inc.

On Valentines Day 1992, sports history was made on a high-school basketball court in Stevenson, Alabama, as an underdog team with only two remaining players beat their opponents with all five. For the two victorious stars, the national headlines offered hope of escape from the bleak future they faced in their economically depressed town.


Round Nine: Completion Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included: Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director, Factual Content – Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Maureen Judge, Director/Producer and Co-founder, Makin’ Movies. Four completion grants totalling $113,000 were awarded to the following projects:

HIGH FIVE
Director: Julia Ivanova
Producers: Boris Ivanov, Charlotte Dewolff
Production Company: Interfilm Productions Inc

A North American suburban couple fights to adopt five siblings from a remote Ukrainian orphanage. But when they succeed, the eldest child’s struggle to find her place in a new family and culture becomes an ultimate test of her adoptive parent’s unconditional love.

THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT
Director: Paul Saltzman
Producers: Patricia Aquino, Paul Saltzman
Production Company: 1296 Productions Inc.

In 1965, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi and, after joining the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee as a civil rights worker, he was assaulted by a young KKK member. In 2007, Saltzman returned to find the Klansman who attacked him and a five-year dialogue ensued.

SOME KIND OF LOVE
Director: Thomas Burstyn
Producer: Trish Dolman
Co-Producer: Haydn Wazelle
Executive Producers: Sumner Burstyn, Christine Haebler
Production Company: Screen Siren Pictures

SOME KIND OF LOVE illustrates the consequences of obsession, the burden of obligation and the great divide between science and art through the personal and intense story of an aging scientist brother and artist sister who live together in a dilapidated mansion.

WATER
Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Producer: Nick de Pencier
Executive Producer: Daniel Iron
Production Company: Sixth Wave Productions Inc.

We interact with water every day; we wash with it, cook with it, drink it, swim in it, and fish in it, but we don’t really know it. Experience and witness water politically, culturally, ecologically.


Round Nine: Development Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included: Nick Crowe, Director, Original Factual Content, Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Neil Docherty, Senior Editor, The Fifth Estate – CBC TV Producer/Director, CBC TV & Frontline PBS. Five no-interest loans totalling $55,000 were awarded to the following projects:

BEAUTY AND RUIN
Director: Marc de Guerre
Producer: Sally Blake
Production Company: Subject Films

Does art matter? The Detroit Institute of Art’s defenders are trying to persuade cash-strapped Detroiters to pay a $20 art tax to keep the museum alive. Fighting them every step of the way are those who view the museum and art it contains irrelevant in a time of deep economic crisis.

THE FRUIT MACHINE
Directors and Producers: Justine Pimlott, Maya Gallus
Production Company: Red Queen Productions

Following the decriminalization of homosexual acts between two consenting adults, Canada’s first gay liberation newspaper, The Body Politic, was born. One of the most influential and controversial gay newspapers, it dramatically shaped gay and lesbian history, both in Canada and around the world.

HARRY
Director: Felix Lajeunesse
Producer: Katarina Soukup
Writer: Laura Rietveld
Production Company: Catbird Productions Inc.

As Harry Sam Willy Okpik, a 57-year-old dog musher more commonly known as One Legged Harry, goes about his daily routine he recounts the momentous events that led to the loss of his childhood and the loss of his leg. Despite his struggles he refuses to feel sorry for himself, and annually competes in the Ivakkak, a grueling, long-distance dogsled race across Nunavik.

LONG WAY HOME
Director: Jari Osborne
Producers: Dawna Treibicz, Jari Osborne
Production Company: Dam Builder Productions Inc

Faced with increasing numbers of elderly, on one hand, and evaporating dollars on the other, Western countries worldwide are seeking ways to decrease the institutionalization of the elderly. Should “the right to live at home” be protected under the Canada Health Care Act?

THIS IS CONGO
Director: Daniel McCabe
Producers: Geoff McLean, Horeb Bulambo
Production Company: Shortcut Films Inc. in association with S2BN Entertainment

Exploring the ongoing fight for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s vast mineral wealth and natural resources, this film will look into the human costs of an unregulated international market for Congo’s valuable resources.



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