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Corus-Hot Docs Funds Recipients 2013

Round 12: Completion Fund


Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included: Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director, Original Factual Content – Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Ric Esther Bienstock, Producer, Associated Producers Ltd.

Four completion grants totalling $186,000 were awarded to the following projects:

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

Michael, Shannon, Michael, Shannon and John Jr. are the five children of Canadian cop John Hanmer. This is not a typo. Left behind and scattered across the globe by John’s troubled life and tragic death, they have one thing in common — each has been left to resolve their father’s past without him.

FRACTURED LAND
Production Company: Two Island Films, Ltd.
Directors: Fiona Rayher, Damien Gillis
Executive Producers: Daniel Conrad, Mark Achbar, Charlotte Engel

Caleb Behn, a young Dene warrior defending his land from the natural gas industry, must first heal fractures within himself and his community. He becomes a lawyer. As 350.org founder Bill McKibben puts it, “Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.”

LOST & FOUND
Production Company: Frank Films Inc.
Directors: Nicolina Lanni, John Choi
Producers: John Choi, Nicolina Lanni

LOST & FOUND follows a few colourful characters who have been finding items washed ashore from the Japanese tsunami and are on a quest to reunite these items with their rightful owners in Japan. It explores the unlikely friendships and transformations that have been forged in the wake of a disaster.

MIGRANT DREAMS
Production Company: Tiger Spirit Productions Inc.
Director: Min Sook Lee
Producers: Min Sook Lee, Lisa Valencia-Svensson

MIGRANT DREAMS takes you into the world of three migrant women workers in Canada. The women come from Mexico, Jamaica and Thailand under federal guest worker programs. While in Canada they undergo great travails to support their families back home and dare to dream new lives amidst hardship.


Round 12: Development Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included: Lynne Carter, Production Executive, Original Factual Content – Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Marike Emery, President, Little Dog Productions.

Five no-interest loans totalling $50,000 were awarded to the following projects:

LANOIS - A FILM
Production Company: White Pine Pictures Inc.
Director: David Acomba
Producer: Peter Raymont

LANOIS is the story of a French-Canadian kid, whose love of music and brilliant musicianship made him a multi-Grammy award-winning producer, sought-after by legendary artists including Bob Dylan and U2. LANOIS will be a soulful experience, a road trip that takes Daniel Lanois back, full circle, to where it all began.

CUT TO THE CHASE
Production Company: Spontaneous Human Productions
Director: Kenton Vaughan
Producer: Kenton Vaughan

CUT TO THE CHASE charts the history and evolution of the chase scene in cinema and tries to figure out why individuals love to watch people chase each other.

THE SKYJACKER’S TALE
Production Company: Cave 7 Productions
Director: Jamie Kastner
Producers: Jamie Kastner, Diana Warmé

Wrongly convicted of murder, a man hijacks a plane with 200 passengers and gets away with it. Thirty years on, he’s still at large. His story, filmed for the first time, unfurls as a political thriller, a murky morality play, and a whodunit.

STATUS
Production Company: Reprieve Productions Inc.
Director: Alan Zweig
Producer: Wyeth Clarkson

STATUS will be award-winning filmmaker Alan Zweig’s unique exploration of Canada’s First Nations Culture. Following in the footsteps of his Genie Award-winning A HARD NAME that lets ex-cons share their lives on camera, STATUS will give our Aboriginal citizens the opportunity to do the same.

MAN MADE MORA
Production Company: Blue Plate Productions
Director: Alan Goldman
Producer: Alan Goldman

Artist and filmmaker Philippe Mora is fascinated by the banality of evil, a theme that flows through his work. Guided by his belief that many historical artifacts are hiding in plain sight, he continues to delve into the impact of Nazism, questioning the past through his art and exploring how history has shaped our lives.


Round 11: Completion Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Completion Fund Selection Committee, which included: Sarah Jane Flynn, Senior Director, Original Factual Content – Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Director of Industry Programs, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Michael Kot, Founding Partner, Saloon Media.

Four completion grants totalling $122,000 were awarded to the following projects:

THE CHAMELEON
Director: Ryan Mullins
Executive Producer: Daniel Cross
Producers: Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin
Production Company: EyeSteelFilm

Called the James Bond of Ghanaian journalism, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ unorthodox methods are infamous throughout the country, yet his face remains unknown to the public. THE CHAMELEON takes audiences behind the scenes as Anas pursues criminals and stands up against corruption.

THE MOTHERLOAD
Director and Producer: Cornelia Principe
Executive Producer: Bob Culbert
Production Company: Border City Pictures

THE MOTHERLOAD explores the issues, challenges and triumphs experienced by working mothers who are trying to do it all.

OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT (formerly CERTIFIABLE: LIFE IN THE BROCKVILLE PSYCH)
Director: John Kastner
Producer: Silva Basmajian
Production Company: J S Kastner Productions Ltd

The film follows four patients through a year of treatment at the Brockville Mental Health Centre, whose goal it is to prepare mental patients who committed violent crimes to be released back into the community from the moment they arrive.

FILTHY GORGEOUS: THE BOB GUCCIONE STORY
Director: Barry Avrich
Executive Producer: Barry Avrich, Mike Reid, Jeremy Frommer, Rick Schwartz
Producer: Mike Reid
Production Company: Melbar Entertainment Group

FILTHY GORGEOUS: THE BOB GUCCIONE STORY explores the life of a visionary, public relations master, recluse and self-destructive optimist creator of Penthouse magazine.


Round 11: Development Fund

Eligible projects were considered by the Corus-Hot Docs Development Fund Selection Committee, which included: Andrew Johnson, Production Executive, Original Factual Content, Shaw Media; Elizabeth Radshaw, Industry Programs Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; and Jerry McIntosh, Program Manager, CFC-NFB Documentary Program.

Five no-interest loans totalling $50,000 were awarded to the following projects:

GIFT
Director: Robin McKenna
Producers: Peter Wintonick, Bob Moore
Production Company: Necessary Illusions/EyeSteelFilm

GIFT is an essay film and transmedia project inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift. Chronicling gift-based cultures around the world and challenging the logic of global capitalism, the film inspires the question: is life about getting or giving?

GUANTANAMO’S CHILD: OMAR KHADR (formerly SHADOWS)
Director: Patrick Reed
Co-Director and Co-Producer: Michelle Shephard
Producers: Peter Raymont
Production Company: White Pine Pictures

SHADOWS follows a young man’s attempt to escape the shadows of his past.

A HEARTBEAT AWAY
Director: Jon Ornoy
Producer: Betsy Carson
Production Company: Face to Face Media Ltd

A HEARTBEAT AWAY looks at an astonishing new advance in artificial heart technology with the potential to significantly alter the treatment of heart disease and affect human longevity.

I AM THE BLUES (formerly THE LAST BLUESMEN)
Director: Daniel Cross
Producers: Bob Moore, Mila Aung-Thwin
Production Company: EyeSteelFilm

THE LAST BLUESMEN explores the Deep South to find the last of the Blues-Devils musicians and bring them together to tell their stories and play their music in a dynamic-spiritual process.

N.I.A.
Director: Charles Officer
Executive Producers: Bershire Axis Media, Ron Mann
Producers: Christina Carvalho, Charles Officer Production Company: Canesugar Filmworks, Berkshire Axis Media

This dramatic documentary is a story about forgiveness and explores the remarkable journey of a political activist coming to terms with exile.



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