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. â€śNow, 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: TVO
Borrowed from Nature
Company: Kino Sum Productions Inc.          
Producers: Sheila Peacock, Nicola Waugh, Gillian McKercher        
Broadcaster: CBC
Boyle’s War    
Company: Hootalinqua Motion Pictures Inc. 
Producers: Trevor Birney, Max Fraser, Paul Cadieux, Michael Fanning          
Broadcasters: Super Channel, NorthwesTel TV
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power in the Blood        
Company: White Pine Pictures Inc.   
Producers: Peter Raymont, Andrew Munger, Andrea Warner         
Broadcaster: Bell Media
Carbon: An Unauthorized Biography
Company: Graphene Productions Inc.          
Producers: Niobe Thompson, Sonya Pemberton, Lucy Maclaren    
Broadcaster: CBC
Carved in Stone         
Company: Fringe Filmworks Inc.       
Producers: Angela Heck, Ivan Hughes         
Broadcasters: CBC Absolute, Bell MTS
Catwalk 2: Bobby’s Revenge
Company: Bobby MSF Inc.   
Producers: Judy Holm, Michael McNamara, Aaron Hancox
Broadcasters: CBC, Documentary Channel
Children of the Church           
Company: Screen Siren Pictures Inc.           
Producers: Christine Haebler, Trish Dolman, Martha O’Neill, Adrian McCarthy        
Broadcaster: CBC
Cruising Towards Disaster    
Company: 2480331 Ontario Ltd.       
Producers: Michael Downie, David Wells, Diana WarmĂ©     
Broadcaster: CBC
Dans l’ombre du star wars kid
Company: URBANIA TV 3105 Inc..  
Producers: Jacinthe Carignan, Annie Bourdeau, Pierre-Mathieu Fortin, Philippe Lamarre, RaphaĂ«lle Huysmans, Nathalie Cloutier  
Broadcaster: Télé-Québec
Dear Audrey   
Company: Cineflix (Dear Audrey) Inc.           
Producers: Glen Salzman, Katherine Buck, Annette Clark, Jeremiah Hayes 
Broadcaster: Super Channel
EXPLORE: An Underground Journey           
Company: Peg Leg Films Inc.           
Producer: Jenny Rustemeyer
Broadcaster: Knowledge Network
Kings of Coke
Company: URBANIA TV 2802 INC.  
Producer: Philippe Lamarre, RaphaĂ«lle Huysmans, Pablo Salzman, Michael Kronish, Andre Barro, Annie Bordeau         
Broadcaster: Bell Media
La Bataille pour l’âme du QuĂ©bec     
Company: PĂ©riphĂ©ria 
Producer: Yanick LĂ©tourneau
Broadcaster: SRC-RDI
La ForĂŞt et la famille  
Company: Catbird Productions, Inc. 
Producer: Katarina Soukup   
Broadcaster: TV5 / Unis
La vie devant moi      
Company: Productions Nova MĂ©dia Inc.       
Producers: Yves Lafontaine, Martine Larouche        
Broadcaster: SRC
Laissez-nous raconter           
Company: Terre Innue Productions Inc.       
Producers: JosĂ©e Rock, Alexandre Bacon, Francine Allaire, Kim O’Bomsawin, Natalie Dubois 
Broadcaster: SRC / CBC
Le mythe de la femme noire  
Company: Bel Ange Moon Productions          
Producers: Kathy Wolf, Bianca Bellange, Tetchena Bellange          
Broadcaster: Natyf TV
Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden           
Company: Cinnamon Bowl Productions
Producers: Howard Tan, Day’s Lee, Isabelle Gregoire        
Broadcaster: CBC Absolute Quebec
Moonless Oasis         
Company: Perpetuum Films Ltd.       
Producers: Josh Huculiak, Bryce Zimmerman, Nate Slaco  
Broadcaster: CBC
Possessing Einstein  
Company: Frequent Flyer Films Inc. 
Producers: Michelle Shephard, Bryn Hughes, Carolyn Abraham     
Broadcaster: Documentary Channel
Pour un verre d’eau   
Company: Les Films ExtĂ©rieur Jour Inc.       
Producer: AmĂ©lie Lambert Bouchard, Elodie Pollet, Ian Quenneville           
Broadcaster: Télé-Québec
State of the Planet     
Company: Yap Planet Productions Inc.        
Producers: Elliott Halpern, Elizabeth Trojians, Martin Williams, Ben Schaub           
Broadcaster: CBC
The 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 Media
The 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, Amazon
The Society Page      
Company: Towntalk Productions Inc.
Producer: Kevin Eastwood    
Broadcaster: Knowledge Network
The Urban Whale      
Company: Urban Whale Inc. 
Producers: Nadine Pequeneza, Joanne Jackson     
Broadcaster: CBC
Unmasking the Human Face 
Company: Josh Freed Productions   
Producers: Josh Freed, Janet Torge 
Broadcaster: CBC
Visionary Gardeners, Season I         
Company: VG Productions Inc.         
Producers: Moses Znaimer, Mark Bradley, Ian Toews, Beverley Shenken, Amy Walker
Broadcaster: Vision TV
Find 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

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