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Mike Mcleod reprises his award-winning role on Season 2 of Forgive Me

Premiering October 11, 8:00 pm on Super Channel

October 01 2015

SERIES FOLLOWS A YOUNG PRIEST IMMERSED IN THE VERY PRIVATE LIVES OF HIS CONGREGANTS WHILE TRYING TO PROTECT HIS OWN SECRET

TORONTO (October 1, 2015) - - Halifax-based Emotion Pictures is proud to announce that Mike Mcleod will reprise his award-winning leading role on Season 2 of the original Canadian TV series, FORGIVE ME. Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst, 3 Needles, The Hanging Garden), this innovative TV series will premiere on Super Channel on October 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET and will also be available on Super Channel on Demand the following day.

FORGIVE ME is a bold half-hour TV series that breaks the seal of the Catholic confessional. It follows a young priest straining under the ever-growing weight of his congregant's confessions while trying to protect a secret of his own that could put his calling in peril. Season 2 sees the return of rising star Mike McLeod as The Priest, a role which earned him an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role in a drama series, and a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Season 1.

The Globe and Mail praised McLeod's performance as "superb", noted "a visual sumptuousness that's startling" and called the series "a powerful 30 minutes of television." The Winnipeg Free Press said: "The confessional-confined dialogue is smart, and the stripped-down performances are seamlessly delivered and punctuated with moments of pure, stark, painful honesty."

DOC Announces Timely Report's Findings on Philanthropic Funding

at TIFF Doc Conference

September 16 2015

Toronto, ON (September 16, 2015) - Today, at TIFF's Doc Conference, the Documentary Organization of Canada released the results of their new research study "PHILANTHROPIC FUNDING FOR DOCUMENTARIES IN CANADA: TOWARDS AN INDUSTRY-WIDE STRATEGY." The report indicates that the philanthropic sector has some interest in documentaries that are based on a wide variety of social issues.

The full report is now available for download from DOC's web site: Full Report

The report was made possible thanks to the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

The study examines innovative initiatives that have been successfully introduced in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States to engage the philanthropic sector to support the production and dissemination of documentaries. Initiatives examined in the report include BRITDOC, the Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), The Fledgling Fund, JustFilms, the Chicago Media Project, the International Documentary Association's Fiscal Sponsorship program, and Impact Partners.

L'Association des documentaristes du Canada

Annonce les conclusions d'un rapport opportun sur le financement philanthropique

September 15 2015

Toronto, le 16 septembre 2015 - Aujourd'hui, à la Doc Conference du TIFF, l'Association des documentaristes du Canada a publié les résultats de sa nouvelle étude Financement philanthropique du documentaire au Canada : vers une stratégie globale pour l'industrie. Le rapport indique que le secteur philanthropique porte un certain intérêt aux documentaires qui traitent d'un vaste éventail de questions sociales. Il est désormais possible de télécharger le rapport complet en cliquant Ici

La réalisation du rapport a été rendue possible grâce au soutien de la Société de développement de l'industrie des médias de l'Ontario (SODIMO), du Fonds des médias du Canada (FMC), de Téléfilm Canada, du Conseil des arts de l'Ontario (CAO) et de l'Office national du film du Canada (ONF).

L'étude se penche sur les initiatives innovatrices ayant été mises en place avec succès en Australie, au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis afin d'inciter le secteur philanthropique à soutenir la production et la diffusion de documentaires. Parmi les initiatives examinées dans le rapport, citons notamment le BRITDOC, la Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), le Fledgling Fund, JustFilms, le Chicago Media Project, le programme de subventions fiscales de l'International Documentary Association et Impact Partners.

« Il serait difficile de trouver deux secteurs ayant des objectifs aussi communs que ceux de la philanthropie et du documentaire, a déclaré Pepita Ferrari, directrice exécutive intérimaire de l'Association des documentaristes du Canada. Tel que le montrent De Rosa et Burgess dans leur rapport, ce terrain étonnamment inexploré au Canada offre certainement des avantages considérables pour toutes les parties. En outre, il s'agit du moment idéal pour établir de nouveaux partenariats et collaborations entre ces deux secteurs afin qu'ils atteignent leur but commun, qui vise à traiter de questions sociales. L'avantage de ce genre de partenariat n'est pas seulement financier pour le cinéaste; il permet d'accroître la sensibilisation envers un sujet donné qui intéresse la fondation, en plus d'offrir un moyen aux cinéastes de trouver des auditoires pouvant participer de façon active à leur contenu. »

Les conclusions montrent que, en comparaison avec d'autres pays, le Canada accuse du retard dans la collecte de fonds du secteur philanthropique. Le secteur, y compris les fondations accordant des subventions, les sociétés donatrices et les donateurs particuliers, représente pourtant une importante ressource inépuisable pour la communauté des documentaristes.

The Shore Break

Has North American premiere at Hot Docs

April 07 2015

THE SHORE BREAK examines the highly charged conflict within a close-knit rural community in the Amadiba area of South Africa's stunning Wild Coast, where two cousins become embroiled in a conflict about coastal development as a result of plans by an Australian company to open a titanium mine.

The Wild Coast Region is one of the most underdeveloped areas in South Africa. At the same time, it is a place of breathtaking, unspoiled nature, where the Pondo people have managed to retain their traditional way of life for centuries.

Nonhle, a young local eco-tour guide, is a staunch supporter of her people's traditional lifestyle and the endangered environment on which their livelihood and culture depend. Her older cousin Madiba, a local entrepreneur and self-proclaimed modernizer, is fully supportive of a titanium mining proposal and the government's controversial plan to build a highway across their tribal ground. Tired of his community living in poverty, Madiba uses every backhanded method imaginable, scurrilously courting private capital and questionable government officials. While the South African President dethrones the pro-environment Pondo Royal Family, Nonhle rallies inspiring support with little more than dogged determination.

Winner of the Best Feature Length Documentary Award at the 2015 International Environmental Film Festival in Paris, where it was declared "an exceptional film," "deeply moving," and "a firm favorite" by the jury, THE SHORE BREAK is directed by Ryley Grunenwald who also co-produced with Odette Geldenhuys. The film has come full circle since 2012, when it was first pitched at the Hot Docs Forum. The following year, it was awarded completion funds from the Hot Docs - Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund, a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production.

Annie Sloan Introduces New 'Painters in Residence' Programme

Program to Showcase Talented Individuals From Around the World

April 06 2015

Toronto, Ontario (April 8, 2015) - - After working with paint in interiors for over 25 years and writing over 20 books on decorative painting, Annie Sloan has launched an industry first 'Painters in Residence' Programme. The PIR Programme showcases talented individuals from around the world who have been personally selected by Annie to demonstrate the creative possibilities of using her popular Chalk Paint™.

The PIR concept is inspired by 'artist in residence' programmes run in art galleries and museums. Every three months Annie Sloan will invite three creative individuals from the interiors world to be the current Painters in Residence. Each PIR is carefully selected for their style and the interesting work that they create. The PIRs will work from their own studios, while being supported and guided by Annie to produce five, or more, projects using Annie Sloan products, including Chalk Paint™ and decorative finishes such as Clear Wax, Dark Wax, Decoupage Varnish, Craqueleur, Brushes, plus books for inspiration. The results will be showcased on Annie Sloan social media. Follow the hashtag #PaintersInResidence on Instagram and Facebook to see more projects, or follow the 'Painters in Residence' Pinterest board and the Annie Sloan blog: