Projects

Cannes Docs

THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2020
16:15 1h15

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Marché du Film Online

PIPELINE IN PARADISE

Directed by: Julia Ivanova

Produced by: Julia Ivanova (Heartache Productions Inc, Canada), John Ritchie (Screen Door Entertainment, Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 90' & 52'

Expected release: November 2020

Budget: $304,000 (45% in place)

Looking for: Festivals and TV or streaming platforms

Synopsis:

The fight surrounding the construction of a pipeline in Canada starts in 2014 and ends when Covid-19 interferes with human ambitions. The camera has captured whole story — from economic prosperity resulting from a rise in natural resource extraction to the battle between pro and anti-pipeline groups. It ends with the pandemic bringing economic demise to people in both camps – a warning from nature to slow down.

Director’s profile:

Julia Ivanova is a Canadian documentary director, producer, editor and cinematographer who was honoured with a retrospective at Hot Docs Film Festival in 2019 as a “significant Canadian filmmaker”. Ivanova is the creative force behind ten feature and TV documentaries. Her film Family Portrait In Black And White, about a Ukrainian foster mother and her 17 mixed-race foster children, was screened at Sundance and was named Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs.“Love Translated”, “Fatherhood Dreams”, “From Russia, For Love” “Loving a Stranger” are some of Ivanova’s other films.“Julia Ivanova is a bright light in the Canadian documentary world. Her adventurousness and passion as a filmmaker, coupled with her acute ability to connect with her subjects and draw out their stories with great insight, is nothing short of remarkable.” – Shane Smith, director of programming at Hot Docs.

 

Cannes Docs

THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2020
16:15 1h15

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Marché du Film Online

NO ORDINARY MAN

Directed by: Aisling Chin-Yee & Chase Joynt

Produced by: Sarah Spring (Parabola Films, Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: August 2020

Budget: CND$750,000 (81% in place)

1st/2nd feature?: 2nd feature (Aisling CHIN-YEE), 1st feature (Chase JOYNT)

Looking for: Sales agents, funding, festivals

Synopsis:

After being outed by the media after death as being assigned female at birth, the ongoing chronicle of jazz musician Billy Tipton is a tale of conflicting and contrasting stories. By juxtaposing perspectives of trans culture makers with media history and the complex lived experience of Tipton’s son Billy Jr., NO ORDINARY MAN paints a portrait of an unlikely transgender hero.

Director’s profile: 

Aisling Chin-Yee is an award-winning producer, writer, and director based in Montreal, Canada. Aisling was named one of Canada’s Rising Film Stars by Now Magazine 2019. Her feature film directorial debut, The Rest of Us, starring Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover), and Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. Aisling also produced the award winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Last Woman Standing , The Saver among others. 2014 marked her year as writer and director with the short film, Sound Asleep. In 2015, she directed the multi-award winning documentary Synesthesia. In 2017, she co-founded the #AfterMeToo movement. In 2018 she was selected in the inaugural cohort of professionals in the 50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment in Hollywood. In 2019, Aisling received the TIFF Canning Fellowship.

Co-Director’s profile: 

Chase Joynt is a transgender moving-image artist and writer whose films have won jury and audience awards internationally. His latest short film, Framing Agnes, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, won the Audience Award at Outfest in Los Angeles, and is being developed into a feature film with support from Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program. Awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, Joynt’s first book You Only Live Twice (co-authored with Mike Hoolboom) was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail and CBC.

Cannes Docs

THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2020
16:15 1h15

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Marché du Film Online

THE DAWNSAYER

Directed by: Paul Marc Kell

Produced by: Paul Marc Kell (9610219 Canada Inc., Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: September 2020

Budget: CND$85,000 (70% in place)

1st/2nd feature?: 2nd feature

Looking for: Completion financing, distribution, broadcast licenses

Synopsis:

The world is about to end & Bruce Beach has a plan to reconstruct it. THE DAWNSAYER is the unbelievable life story of the man infamous for Ark Two, the world’s largest privately built bomb shelter.

Director’s profile: 

A graduate of Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Paul Marc Kell is a Writer, Producer, Director & Cinematographer with broadcast & theatrical credits from around the world. Kell’s filmmaking career was launched with the award-winning feature-film 5 SIDES OF A COIN (7th Art Releasing/Lakeshore Entertainment/Starz). Kell’s work has screened at film festivals worldwide, notably Cannes, SXSW, and AFI Fest. In 2015-16 Kell was the Showrunner (Writer/Director/Series Producer) of the first 11 episodes of Viceland’s DEAD SET ON LIFE with Matty Matheson.

Cannes Docs

THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2020
16:15 1h15

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Marché du Film Online

THE FREE ONES

Original title: Les Libres

Directed by: Nicolas Levesque

Produced by: Jean-Philippe Archibald, Nicolas Levesque (Canopée, Canada)

Country of production: Canada

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: September 2020

Budget: CND$175,000 (100% in place)

1st/2nd feature?: 1st feature

Looking for: Film festival programmers, buyers, broadcasters

Synopsis:

Les Libres is a full-length documentary feature which shows us how four detainees are dealing with the end of their prison sentence, in a sawmill. Can a factory job help them to make the necessary transformation and become free men? Hidden from society’s view and through meetings with their instructors, psychotherapists and other participants, we accompany Samuel, Pierrot, Fred and Steve talk about their hopes and fears during this six-month transition period.

Director’s profile: 

Nicolas Levesque is a Canadian photographer and filmmaker. His images are the subject of exhibitions and projects of award-winning editions such as LUTTE (Editions la Peuplade) and Derniers souverains (Editions Poètes de Brousse). His documentary film In guns we trust was honored Best Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, as well as Interview with a Free Man, in 2015, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Since 2010, he has collaborated regularly with Télé-Québec, TV5, RDI and Radio-Canada in the production of documentaries for television.

Les Libres (2020)
90 min, Canopée
Chasseurs de phoques (2018)
70 min, MC2
Les Acteurs du Nord (2017)
4×10 min, Canopée
TV5.ca
Entrevue avec un homme libre (2015)
6 min, ONF
In guns we trust (2012)
12 min