15 Documentaries Receive Support from Telefilm Canada’s Theatrical Doc Fund

Suzanne Crocker’s Hot Docs selection First We Eat is among the 15 films to receive support from Telefilm Canada’s Theatrical Documentary Fund. The film is a Hot Docs 2020 selection.
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By Pat Mullen

More encouraging signs of documentaries moving forward emerged today with Telefilm Canada’s announcement of support for fifteen documentaries through the Theatrical Documentary Program. The films, over half of which are directed by women, represent five provinces and a range of emerging talents and seasoned masters. The list also includes projects in varying ranges of development with Suzanne Crocker’s First We Eat, which was recently announced as a 2020 Hot Docs selection, offering one of the docs that audiences can (presumably) see soon.

Other projects in the announcement include new films from Jennifer Baichwal (Anthropocene), Yung Chang (This Is Not a Movie) Brian Johnson (Al Purdy Was Here), Nadine Pequeneza (The Invisible Heart), Jay Cheel (How to Build a Time Machine), Jennifer Holness (producer of Hot Docs 2020 selection Stateless), and Mathieu Roy (Surviving Progress). The combined support from Telefilm Canada totals an investment of $2.1 million for Canadian documentary

English language projects:

Disappearing Insects
Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Writer: Jennifer Baichwal
Producer: Mercury Films
Province: Ontario

First We Eat
Director: Suzanne Crocker
Writer: Suzanne Crocker
Producer: Drift Productions
Territory: Yukon

John Titor: Time Traveller
Director: Jay Cheel
Writer: Jay Cheel
Producer: Low End
Province: Ontario

Lhasa
Director: Sophie Leblond
Writer: Sophie Leblond
Producer: Metafilms
Province: Québec

Red Stars
Director: Yung Chang
Screenwriter: Rahul Parekh
Producer: Iceball
Province: Ontario

Subjects of Desire
Director: Jennifer Holness
Writer: Jennifer Holness
Producer: Hungry Eyes Media
Province: Ontario

The Board Game Movie
Director: Simon Ennis
Writer: Simon Ennis
Producer: Honalee Productions and Musterios Entertainment
Province: British Columbia and Ontario

The Colour of INK
Director: Brian D. Johnson
Writer: Brian D. Johnson
Producer: Sphinx Productions
Province: Ontario

The MAD World of Harvey Kurtzman
Director: Bart Simpson
Writer: Bart Simpson
Producer: All In Pictures
Province: British Columbia

The Urban Whale
Director: Nadine Pequeneza
Writer: Nadine Pequeneza
Producer: HitPlay Productions
Province: Ontario

French-language projects:

L’océan vu du cœur
Director: Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
Screenwriter: Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
Producer: Jane Losa Films, a Belgian coproduction (Les films du carré)
Province: Québec

Les enfants du large
Director: Virginia Tangvald
Screenwriter: Virginia Tangvald
Producer: micro_scope
Province: Québec

Goal
Director: Mathieu Roy
Screenwriter: Mathieu Roy
Producer: Productions Esperamos II
Province: Québec

Le mythe de la femme noire
Director: Ayana O’Shun
Screenwriter: Ayana O’Shun
Producer: Bel Ange Moon Productions
Province: Québec

Les Rose
Director: Félix Rose
Screenwriter: Félix Rose
Producer: Les productions Babel
Province: Québec