White Pine Pictures Announces Canada 150 Plans with ‘We Are Canada’

Leanna Crouch (We Are Canada Supervising Producer), Davida Gragor(Head of Marketing & Communications, White Pine Pictures), Maya Burhanpurkar (We Are Canada changemaker), Ken Dryden (We Are Canada Producer/Creator), Charles Falzon (Dean of FCAD), Adam Vaughan (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament), Ramona Pringle (Director, Transmedia Zone & Assistant Professor, Ryerson School of Media)
Photo Credit: Peter Bregg / White Pine Pictures

Toronto’s White Pine Pictures joins the Canada 150 party. The doc producers announced their plans for the nation’s sesquicentennial today by unveiling We Are Canada / Ils font le Canada, a new 6 part bilingual CBC and Radio-Canada documentary series and digital media project. We Are Canada is based on the idea that Canada defines itself as a nation by what it does, and where it plans to go. The series aims to make known to Canadians the Chris Hadfields, Naheed Nenshis, Sarah Polleys, Robert Lepages, and James Orbinskis of the future.

Each hour long episode includes three profiles of up-and-coming Canadians. We Are Canada gets a digital doc component with an interactive online edition that works with young ‘changemakers’ across the country to get them involved and share their stories with Canadians. “The innovation, vision, and leadership, delivered with passion by the 18 creative, compassionate, and determined young Canadians in We Are Canada makes me proud, hopeful and confident in Canada’s future,” said Ken Dryden, producer/creator of We Are Canada in a statement from White Pine.

“We are very thankful to all our partners in We Are Canada that have made it possible to tell these remarkable stories on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary and make them accessible to all Canadians through the tv series and digital platforms,” said Peter Raymont, President of White Pine Pictures, in a statement released earlier today.

White Pine has a history of producing films about notable figures of the Great White North and essential items of Canadiana including Shake Hands with the Devil and Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr. Raymont’s Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris is now in theatres, as is White Pine’s acclaimed doc All Government’s Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of IF Stone.