Justine Pimlott and David Oppenheim named producers at NFB’s Ontario Centre

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) recently named Justine Pimlott and David Oppenheim as producers at the Ontario Centre, NFB’s English program production centre in Toronto. Pimlott and Oppenheim join the Centre’s current producer Lea Marin and executive producer Anita Lee.

Pimlott, who is also a board member of DOC National, circles back to the NFB, where she began her film career on a Studio D internship. Her production company, Red Queen Productions, which she formed together with partner Maya Gallus, celebrated its ten-year anniversary last year and was featured in POV’s Spring 2013 issue.

Pimlott’s films through Red Queen Productions are provocative looks at women, social issues, culture, and the arts. Her most recent production, Derby Crazy Love, was launched at Montreal’s RIDM in 2013. Pimlott’s other credits include Punch Like a Girl, a six-part series on women’s boxing nominated for two Gemini awards for Best Direction; Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Inside Out Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at the Reelout Festival, and the 2011 NFB co-production The Mystery of Mazo De La Roche, nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards and recipient of the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Social Issue Documentary. Pimlott’s commitment to giving a voice to people and perspectives that are often missing from mainstream media is aligned with the NFB’s new POV documentary strategy.

Oppenheim, who began his career in 2002 as a series producer for CBC and more recently served as Head of Documentary Development at Kensington Communications, brings his experience with interactive documentary storytelling to the Ontario Centre. He has developed social-issue, history, and arts documentary projects, including, most recently, a location-based mobile app for the Royal Ontario Museum. In addition to founding Kilter Media for film, television, and transmedia documentary projects, Oppenheim led development for Kensington’s feature documentary Raw Opium; City Sonic, nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Original Program/Series, and for Museum Secrets Interactive, a mobile production nominated for best cross-platform project at both the Gemini Awards and the Banff World Media Festival.

The NFB’s Ontario Centre has produced such acclaimed works as Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell and Katerina Cizek’s multi-media project HIGHRISE.

Read our 2013 interview with Pimlott and Gallus here.