Our client Paul Saltzman of Sunrise Films has commenced production on his feature-length documentary “The Beatles in India”, based on his book and his own photographs of the Beatles in 1968 in Rishikesh. Paul will be shooting on location throughout 2018 in the UK, India, Canada and the USA. Visit www.thebeatlesinIndia.com to learn more about Paul's book and photos.
Congratulations to our client Paul Kemp who has recently completed and delivered his documentary Searching for Winnetou, to air Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9 PM on CBC-TV. Searching for Winnetou explores the controversy surrounding cultural appropriation of Indigenous culture in an innovative, hilarious, unnerving, yet inspiring way.
Read More about it here.
Congratulations to producer Leif Bristow and the team at Father Christmas Productions Inc. who managed to get "Christmas Next Door" (starring Jesse Metcalfe and Fiona Gubelman) produced over the last month and delivered in time to make it to air this past Saturday night on the Hallmark Channel in the U.S. to the 4th largest audience of the year for a Hallmark original movie.
A new feature film we worked on based on Linwood Barkley's novel. Produced by Marina Cordoni, directed by Gail Harvey and starring Katie Boland.....
For six months starting in late 2014, web series Whatever, Linda creators Hannah Cheesman and Mackenzie Donaldson chronicled their careers as young, female producers in the ever-shifting film/TV/digital landscape for The Globe and Mail. With their first feature film, The Definites, having premiered at the Cucalorus Festival in Wilmington, N.C., this past week, The Globe checked back in with the producing partners over e-mail.....READ ARTICLE
Political Blind Date, a six-part half hour documentary series for TVO is produced by by our clients Mark Johnston and Amanda Handy (Nomad Films) along with Tom Powers from Open Door Films. The documentary is written and directed by Mark Johnston and produced by Amanda . Powers serves as series creator and exec producer.
The series pairs rival politicians as they meet face-to-face, learn about one another and then explore a divisive topic, such as safe injection sites, marijuana legalization and climate change. The docuseries features politicians including Toronto city councilor Giorgio Mammoliti and Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, as well as NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Toronto mayoral hopeful Doug Ford. The goal, the producers say, is to humanize the politicians – to one another, and audiences.
“We’re trying to prove that civil discourse is possible in politics no matter where you are on the political spectrum,” says Johnston.
We are pleased to welcome our new associate Lauren Blaiwais to the firm. Lauren recently completed her articling term at a prominent intellectual property firm in Ottawa and is thrilled to bring her unique background in both the arts and sports to Hall Webber. Lauren is a former top soccer player in the United Soccer League (USL), where she played in three North American Championship tournaments and was selected for the USL Olympic Development Program National Camp, and also attended a regional arts specialty program high school where she majored in theatre. She then completed a concurrent French Immersion Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) program at the University Ottawa where her academic achievements include receiving the French Studies Scholarship, Dean’s Honour List, and graduating Cum Laude.
Firm client Vortex Words + Pictures run by producer Bill Marks has partnered with David Miller's A71 to launch a new distribution- and sales-focused joint venture, V71. The new entity aims to leverage the companies’ various areas of expertise by combining Vortex’s production and sales capabilities with A71′s distribution, production and marketing divisions. The partnership will also see A71 relocate its Toronto team to Film Port Studios, where Vortex is already based. Outside of V71, both companies will continue to operate independently of one another.
READ MORE ABOUT THE VENTURE HERE.
Firm client Floating Island Entertainment and Crazy Shirt Productions are partnering with online bartering platform Bunz and Bell Fibe TV to launch an original scripted series this Halloween. The project, Fare Trade (5 x 11 minutes), is created by Floating Island president Jonathan Hirsh and written and directed by Crazy Shirt’s Shawn Ahmed and Scott Leaver. The series follows the exploits of three self-absorbed millennials who no longer believe in money and turn to bartering. However, surviving in the city with no money brings them into contact with all sorts of weird and wonderful characters as they cheat, steal and scheme their way by. Hirsh, who cofounded Floating Island with his brother and Wow! Unlimited CEO Michael Hirsh three years ago, said he felt there was space in the market for a series about bartering or trading and setabout putting the script together with Ahmed and Leaver, who had a pre-existing relationship with Bell Fibe.
Fare Trade is available now on Bell Fibe TV, Channel 1 and Bunz.
Katie Boland stars in three films we worked on this year which are featured at the Whistler Film Festival this year - "Never Saw It Coming", "Cardinals" and "Lolz-Ita"