Documentary

Chef Charles Mattocks On Creating The First Diabetes Docu-Series

Shahzadi Devje | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada
Shahzadi Devje

Credit: Shahzadi Devje Celebrity chef, Charles Mattocks is on a mission to change the face of diabetes. Nephew of the late reggae legend Bob Marley, ...

If A Man Were A House

Thom Vernon | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada
Thom Vernon

For Toronto-based landscape architect and filmmaker Joseph Clement, the man makes the house -- but the house reveals the man. Several years ago, Brigi...

CBC's 'The Story Of Us' Forgot About Canadians Like Me

Rémi Francœur | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Living
Rémi Francœur

Watching the CBC's 10-part television series Canada: The Story Of Us had me figuratively scratching my head. It left me flabbergasted and astounded. Critics have decried the series' anglo-centric slant on history. Respect should come from all sides, beginning with cordiality, recognition and representation.

ISIS Stole This Family's Home, Don't Let It Take Their Baby's Life

Drowster | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Impact
Drowster

In March 2014, Mustafa heard three bombs near his home in Sheran located in the province of Aleppo, Syria. At that precise moment, he knew his biggest fear was real: ISIS was at their door. This was his tipping point; his family packed a few belongings and tried fleeing to Turkey.

Why Are We Still Shocked And Fascinated By A Dutch Artist From 500 Years Ago?

Phil Grabsky | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada
Phil Grabsky

I'm lucky -- I work super-hard to be lucky but, still, I'm lucky. Why? Because I get to see the greatest exhibitions on the planet when everyone else ...

Yom Ha'shoah, The Visually Impaired And A Return To Aushwitz

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

Recently, the Jewish world paid homage to the Holocaust through Yom Ha'shoah -- The Day of Remembrance. On this day and others I realized I am a mem...

Top Reasons Why Film Festivals Are Important

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada TV
Sacha DeVoretz

I love film festivals and love documentary films even more. I find this genre of movies more engaging and interesting that major box office flicks. They matter, and here's why.

Talking About 'Unicorn Island' With YouTube Superstar Lilly Singh

Chris Taylor | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

In a fast-changing media world, it's hard to wrap your mind around how much clout Lilly Singh has. So here are a few statistics to help you out: 8 million subscribers to her YouTube channel ("IISuperwomanII"). More than a billion total views. A new documentary, "A Trip to Unicorn Island," about her recent 27-city world tour. Not bad for a girl from Scarborough, Ont., wouldn't you say?

The Rich Are Likely To Live 20 Years Longer Than The Poor In This City

Now What With Ryan Duffy | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada

You take away a man's hope, you're going to destroy him."

10 Documentaries That Will Teach Children Real Lessons

Laura Snow | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Laura Snow

If there was ever a time to educate our children, outside of the classroom, now is the time. Our earth is in crisis, the global population is expanding by approximately 80 million people a year, poverty is increasing dramatically, and we don't have enough fresh water for about 20 per cent of the population.

This Documentary Celebrates the Lives of Three Feminist American Nuns

Nancy Fornasiero | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Nancy Fornasiero

Radical Grace shines a spotlight on the growing chasm between progressives and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church. Director Rebecca Parrish was less concerned with the church itself and more concerned with telling stories about these strong women whose convictions, commitment and compassion she greatly admired.

We Wanted to Reframe the Way We See Homeless People, Using Music

Shelley Saywell | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Shelley Saywell

Anthony Van Zant is a homeless musician we've been filming for a year for a documentary film called Lowdown Tracks. We recorded the songs and stories of homeless musicians, but the process of making this film lead to even deeper revelations about my own prejudices and fears.

Greenpeace Sparked a Revolution. It's Time For Another

Emily Hunter | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada
Emily Hunter

My father, Robert Hunter, had coined the term "mind bomb" as an expression that our greatest tool for revolution was our own consciousness. He believed that mass media (early broadcast media at the time) could help spark that consciousness shift and a societal shift by changing the story of our times. The reality is the tides are turning. Despite the stories of impossibility in the fight against climate change, there are some new stories being written of possibility. It will still take many more of us -- millions and billions of us -- to continue to share these news stories and to create the "mind bomb" moments.

Most Media Stories About Wildlife Usually End Up Being About Us

Maija Leivo | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Maija Leivo

When I consider most media stories about wildlife, it usually ends up being about us.

10 Surprising Facts About Romance Novels

Laurie Kahn | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Living
Laurie Kahn

Four years ago, when I began making my documentary film Love Between the Covers, I stepped into a community I knew nothing about: the global network of women who write, read, and love romance novels. What I found surprised me. Here are ten things I learned:

This Documentary Filmmaker Is Shedding Light on Eating Disorders

Alison Tedford | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

I recently had the opportunity to interview the documentary filmmaker, Laura Dyan Kezman. She is the creator of a documentary about eating disorders called Just Eat, currently fundraising through an Indiegogo campaign.

5 Things to Remember When Making Your First Documentary

Molly Willows | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Molly Willows

There's no denying it -- docs are hot. Between HBO's high-gloss productions, Netflix's rise in documentaries, the influx of Kickstarter/Indieigogo campaigns, and the democratization of filmmaking gear via iPhones and cheap cameras, docs are everywhere. So you dream of making a doc?

'Not Criminally Responsible' Patients Come Out of the Shadows

John Kastner | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Impact
John Kastner

Most high-profile NCR patients -- that is, sufferers of mental illness who have committed horrific acts of violence and have been declared "not criminally responsible" by the courts -- are usually kept well-hidden from public view. But on Wednesday, October 8, another high-profile NCR patient, Sean Clifton, who tried his best to stab to death a complete stranger because his psychosis led him to believe he had to kill "the prettiest girl in the mall," will bravely step on stage to face the public after the screening of my documentary NCR: Not Criminally Responsible, in which he is featured.

I'm Caught Up in the Whirlwind of Cannes

Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

I'm caught up in the whirlwind of the world's biggest film festival, Cannes. Here, young filmmakers are realizing their dreams. My turn will come on Thursday afternoon when I present Jutra on the Croisette at Cannes. My stomach is doing flips at the thought of going onstage to introduce my film. But I'm also deeply proud.

My First Time at Cannes: The Trip of My Life

Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

Cannes is not your ordinary film festival; set up in an idyllic location where the beach deploys its beauty in the background and palm trees provide the shade, everything seems to be bigger, louder and somehow showcasing the complexities of oppositions in the film industry.

Documentaries May Be Cool, But They Aren't Making Money

Kevin McMahon | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Living
Kevin McMahon

Canadian governments and broadcasters have been quietly withdrawing all support for documentary. Commercial television, now concentrated in the hands of a few megacorps, does its shareholder diligence by playing strictly to the cheap seats; its screens are filled with sporting fights, gun-toting men, bouncing breasts and dancing cats. Federal governments, increasingly influenced by neo-liberal doctrine, have been shrinking the NFB and CBC for a generation now while refusing to enforce license conditions which might force TV to create a little public parkland within the malling of our mindscapes.

What Do You Do When Your Star Quits Your Film?

John Kastner | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada
John Kastner

There he stood with his excellent manners telling me politely that he did not want to be in my film, or discuss his tragic case or for that matter have anything further to do with me, not now or ever. And for the next few months, cut me dead. Welcome to the cruel realities of the world of documentary making. It's supposed to get easier when you've won four Emmys.

Would You Expose Your Darkest Secrets For a Documentary?

Angela Hartlin | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a film crew to follow you day in and day out, documenting your daily rituals all in an effort to create a successful film? I have a chronic condition called Dermatillomania, which has left me scarred and disfigured on the outside, alienated and "different" on the inside.

Noor Inayat Khan: The Muslim Spy Who Fought The Third Reich

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

With our media landscape filled with historical wartime accounts of various heroes and heroines and their respective call of duties, I honestly though...

Why You Need To Visit The Calgary Underground Film Festival

Shannon McClennan | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

As a self-admitted film fan, I'll be taking in as many of these underground gems as I can, but even the best of us need a little guidance when it comes to structuring seven days of celluloid immersion. So here I have for you my top picks for this years' Calgary Underground Film Festival.