Rogers Group of Funds Announces $2.4 Million in Funding for 29 New Canadian Documentary Films
TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting Canada’s vibrant documentary community, Rogers Group of Funds today announced $2.4 million to support 29 new Canadian documentary films. After a competitive group of more than 70 applications, the funded projects include both national languages with production spanning across the country.
The Rogers Documentary Fund, which was established in 1996, is part of the Rogers Group of Funds and has pledged more than $42 million in grants to Canadian producers and supported more than 900 documentary projects over the years. “Now, more than ever before, it is so important to invest in Canadian content to showcase our diverse stories and identities,” said Phil Lind, Chair, Rogers Group of Funds. “Through the power of storytelling, we are able to connect, inform and educate one another about our past, present and future. We are so excited to support this group of documentary filmmakers as they bring their projects to life.” The 29 new documentaries delve into untold stories about sports, humanitarianism and science, including the now defunct Vancouver Grizzlies, cruise ships infected with COVID-19, the eccentric world of the cat show circuit, and the remarkable life and career of Indigenous advocate Buffy Sainte-Marie. See list of all 29 projects below.Since 1980, the Rogers Group of Funds has supported Canada’s independent film and television producers with more than $600 million in funding and for more than 2,300 projects.Overview of 29 Selected ProjectsBorn to Run
Company: Proximity Films WOM Inc.
Producers: Howard Fraiberg & Phyllis Ellis
Broadcaster: TVOBorrowed from Nature
Company: Kino Sum Productions Inc.
Producers: Sheila Peacock, Nicola Waugh, Gillian McKercher
Broadcaster: CBCBoyle’s War
Company: Hootalinqua Motion Pictures Inc.
Producers: Trevor Birney, Max Fraser, Paul Cadieux, Michael Fanning
Broadcasters: Super Channel, NorthwesTel TVBuffy Sainte-Marie: Power in the Blood
Company: White Pine Pictures Inc.
Producers: Peter Raymont, Andrew Munger, Andrea Warner
Broadcaster: Bell MediaCarbon: An Unauthorized Biography
Company: Graphene Productions Inc.
Producers: Niobe Thompson, Sonya Pemberton, Lucy Maclaren
Broadcaster: CBCCarved in Stone
Company: Fringe Filmworks Inc.
Producers: Angela Heck, Ivan Hughes
Broadcasters: CBC Absolute, Bell MTSCatwalk 2: Bobby’s Revenge
Company: Bobby MSF Inc.
Producers: Judy Holm, Michael McNamara, Aaron Hancox
Broadcasters: CBC, Documentary ChannelChildren of the Church
Company: Screen Siren Pictures Inc.
Producers: Christine Haebler, Trish Dolman, Martha O’Neill, Adrian McCarthy
Broadcaster: CBCCruising Towards Disaster
Company: 2480331 Ontario Ltd.
Producers: Michael Downie, David Wells, Diana Warmé
Broadcaster: CBCDans l’ombre du star wars kid
Company: URBANIA TV 3105 Inc..
Producers: Jacinthe Carignan, Annie Bourdeau, Pierre-Mathieu Fortin, Philippe Lamarre, Raphaëlle Huysmans, Nathalie Cloutier
Broadcaster: Télé-QuébecDear Audrey
Company: Cineflix (Dear Audrey) Inc.
Producers: Glen Salzman, Katherine Buck, Annette Clark, Jeremiah Hayes
Broadcaster: Super ChannelEXPLORE: An Underground Journey
Company: Peg Leg Films Inc.
Producer: Jenny Rustemeyer
Broadcaster: Knowledge NetworkKings of Coke
Company: URBANIA TV 2802 INC.
Producer: Philippe Lamarre, Raphaëlle Huysmans, Pablo Salzman, Michael Kronish, Andre Barro, Annie Bordeau
Broadcaster: Bell MediaLa Bataille pour l’âme du Québec
Producer: Yanick Létourneau
Broadcaster: SRC-RDILa Forêt et la famille
Company: Catbird Productions, Inc.
Producer: Katarina Soukup
Broadcaster: TV5 / UnisLa vie devant moi
Company: Productions Nova Média Inc.
Producers: Yves Lafontaine, Martine Larouche
Broadcaster: SRCLaissez-nous raconter
Company: Terre Innue Productions Inc.
Producers: Josée Rock, Alexandre Bacon, Francine Allaire, Kim O’Bomsawin, Natalie Dubois
Broadcaster: SRC / CBCLe mythe de la femme noire
Company: Bel Ange Moon Productions
Producers: Kathy Wolf, Bianca Bellange, Tetchena Bellange
Broadcaster: Natyf TVMeet and Eat at Lee’s Garden
Company: Cinnamon Bowl Productions
Producers: Howard Tan, Day’s Lee, Isabelle Gregoire
Broadcaster: CBC Absolute QuebecMoonless Oasis
Company: Perpetuum Films Ltd.
Producers: Josh Huculiak, Bryce Zimmerman, Nate Slaco
Broadcaster: CBCPossessing Einstein
Company: Frequent Flyer Films Inc.
Producers: Michelle Shephard, Bryn Hughes, Carolyn Abraham
Broadcaster: Documentary ChannelPour un verre d’eau
Company: Les Films Extérieur Jour Inc.
Producer: Amélie Lambert Bouchard, Elodie Pollet, Ian Quenneville
Broadcaster: Télé-QuébecState of the Planet
Company: Yap Planet Productions Inc.
Producers: Elliott Halpern, Elizabeth Trojians, Martin Williams, Ben Schaub
Broadcaster: CBCThe Grizzly Truth (fka Worst Team Ever)
Company: Grizz Films Inc.
Producers: Scott Moore, Vinay Virmani, Kathleen Jayme, Michael Grand, James Brown, Joella Cabalu
Broadcaster: Bell MediaThe Kids in the Hall
Company: Blue Ant Studios Canada Inc.
Producers: Laura Michalchyshyn, Jennifer Harkness, Paul Meyers, Michael Bonfiglio, Nick McKinney, Betty Orr
Broadcasters: Hollywood Suite, AmazonThe Society Page
Company: Towntalk Productions Inc.
Producer: Kevin Eastwood
Broadcaster: Knowledge NetworkThe Urban Whale
Company: Urban Whale Inc.
Producers: Nadine Pequeneza, Joanne Jackson
Broadcaster: CBCUnmasking the Human Face
Company: Josh Freed Productions
Producers: Josh Freed, Janet Torge
Broadcaster: CBCVisionary Gardeners, Season I
Company: VG Productions Inc.
Producers: Moses Znaimer, Mark Bradley, Ian Toews, Beverley Shenken, Amy Walker
Broadcaster: Vision TVFind out more the Rogers Group of Funds here.ABOUT ROGERS GROUP OF FUNDS
Since 1980, the Rogers Group of Funds has supported Canada’s independent film and television producers with more than $600 million through three different types of funding. Rogers Telefund offers loans to Canadian independent producers; Rogers Documentary Fund, Canada’s premier source of funding for documentary films; and Rogers Cable Network Fund, an equity investor in Canadian programs with a first play on a Canadian cable channel. Three different types of financing. Three different funds. All from one source – Rogers.Media Contact
Caitlin Decarie, Rogers, [email protected], 647-299-6733