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THE INVISIBLE MACHINE     (1 x 60’)

V.F.:  L’ARME INVISIBLE 

Science / Technology

This documentary, produced for Discovery Canada & CTV, investigates the modern reality of new age weapons that are more frightening than any science fiction.  Today, scientists are able to completely destroy all electronic and electric communication circuitry using man-made Electronic Magnetic Pulse (EMP)   weapons that can be delivered by missiles or by lasers.  They can devastate entire regions in seconds, wiping out anything that uses electricity, be it airplanes, to computers, to telephones.  Includes first ever footage of the Bell Island “bolt of lightning” experiment that went wrong.

 


 

IF A TREE FALLS     (1 x 60’)

V.F.: LA SURDITÉ TARDIVE

Social / Health

Intimate, moving and insightful, If A Tree Falls is the powerful, first-person story of a filmmaker who is losing her hearing.  She embarks on a documentary about her experience, but she’s torn between her need to make the film, and her fears about what will happen to her career when people find out she can’t hear.  Finally, she reaches out to the hard-of-hearing community where she discovers a remarkable group of people who give her the strength to deal with her disability.

 


GUINEA PIG CLUB     (1 x 60’)
V.F. BRÛLÉS DE GUERRE

Historical / Medical Documentary
Through the eyes of the most painfully exclusive club in the world, this documentary tells the story of two pioneering plastic surgeons and their revolutionary approach to reconstructive surgery. Their radical holistic and surgical techniques brought back airmen so horribly burned and broken they believed they might as well be dead. Startling archival footage is interwoven with interviews with the airmen who reunited to tell their story, and that of the doctors who changed the face of history. 5 Time Leo Award Winner, 2003: Best Screenwriter, Director, Documentary, Musical Score, Sound


THE UNDEFENDED BORDER     (3 x 60’ or 1 x 120’)
V.F. UNE FRONTIÈRE VULNÉRABLE
Social / Political Documentary
In the post 9/11 world, borders have become a place of fear, tension and political pressure. This series explores the harrowing work of immigration police under the new threat of terrorism. Shot on location, it documents the growing tenacity of officers literally under fire: the split second decisions, the frustration over deporting illegal immigrants and the danger of terrorists. As single documentaries or series.


ESCAPE FROM IRAN: INSIDE STORY      ( 1 x 60’ 16 mm)
LES EVADES DE L’IRAN: L’HISTOIRE RACONTÉE PAR UN TEMOIN
Political /Historical Documentary
"Escape From Iran: The Inside Story" tell the suspenseful story of the six Americans who eluded capture when Iranian student stormed the US embassy in Tehran in November of 1979. The documentary follows their journey to freedom, from the day they fled the compound to the day they landed in Germany. Using interviews with Canadian government officials, the Canadian diplomats who sheltered them, the Americans themselves and Jean Pelletier, the Washington correspondent for La Presse who broke the story, plus maps and super-8 film taken by Iranian students during and after the embassy take-over, "Escape from Iran" pieces together the details of the Americans’ escape, where they went, who looked after them and their actual flight from the country.


THE MAN WHO SKIED DOWN EVEREST      (1 x 90’ or 1 x 60’)
A
dventure / Historical Documentary
This beautifully shot, Academy Award winning film features adventurer, poet and world champion skier Yuichiro Miura in his attempt to ski down Mount Everest from its summit. A tragic icefall claims 6 lives, but the journey continues. The team climb to the South Col, 350 metres from the top, where Miura, with only skis and a parachute, puts his life in the hands of the Gods. His heart-stopping descent made history. Contains rare on-the-spot interviews with Sir Edmund Hillary. Oscar Winner, Academy Award Best Documentary


SAIL TV     (13 x 30’)
V.F. LE VENT DANS LES VOILES
Travel / Adventure
Shot in many of the world’s most exotic destinations, every episode of Sail TV invites two guests and their skipper on a new, week long, sailing adventure. Guests explore the landscape, both on land and off, encounter unique wildlife and experience the rich history and culture of the area along with their sailing fun.


GOLF THE WORLD     (26 x 30’)
V.F.: GOLFS DU MONDE
Travel / Golf
Combines the best of golf and travel. Golf The World examines the world’s most breathtaking golf courses, the history, evolution and customs of golf as well as practical tips on playing the most challenging courses. Destinations include Hawaii, Fiji, Spain, Hong Kong, North America and Australia.


THE POWERBOAT TELEVISION SHOW     (65 x 30’ ongoing)
V.F.: LE MONDE NAUTIQUE
B
oating series
Shot across North America, this is an exciting and informative high rating series about powerboats and the boating lifestyle. Thrill to hydroplaning or off-shore powerboat racing, salivate at the high-end luxury cruisers and learn how to find the best marinas. This is one of the highest rated series on Speedvision USA.


NORTH AMERICAN RALLY CUP     (26 x 30’ ongoing)
V.F.: CHAMPIONNAT NORD-AMERICAIN DE RALLYE (2002 - 2003 SEASONS)
Racing series
A must-have for all sport networks worldwide, North American Rally Cup is an exhilarating series featuring the continent’s best in auto rallying. Each season the Cup features 8 exciting events held on the most extreme and challenging road courses in North America. Using car and helicopter cameras, viewers will experience world class driving, dramatic spills and thrills plus a scenic view of some of the most beautiful rural areas across North America.


FLIGHTPATH I & II     (26 x 60’)
V.F.: CARNETS DE VOL
Aviation series 
This spectacular ratings winner, produced for Discovery Channel Canada, chronicles the power and passion of aviation. Stunning visuals are linked to real life stories; patrols with skycops, search and rescue missions, simulated air combat experiences, and flying with geese. FLIGHTPATH also shows the technology and its history and rises up to capture the essence and appeal of flight, and looks back from where it came. 1 x 120’ Special also available in Spanish.


CHABOT SOLO: THE HISTORY OF AVIATION     (3 x 60’ 16 mm film)
Historical Aviation
Part 1 available in French
These three one hour films, which can be run as one-offs or as a trilogy, tell the story of flight through the twinkling eyes of an octogenarian who started flying in 1918. Charles Chabot flew everything from the cross Channel Bleriot, to the Concorde at age 88. His life was filled with amusing anecdotes and numerous firsts. Incredible archive footage and music from the period complete this classic trilogy of the history of flight. Part 1 goes up to 1918.


 

HOMES BY DESIGN     (43 x 30’)
V.F.: STYLE ET MAISON
Architectural design series

A beautiful series featuring the most interesting architecture and design styles of Europe and North America. Homes By Design is an insightful look at the past, present and future of the wide range of architectural styles from single homes to magnificent villas.


TAKE OFF     (26 x 30’)
V.F.: L’ENVOLÉE
K
ids drama series, 7-12 yrs.
In this innovative lateral thinking drama series combining science, music, history and humour, a group of multi-cultural kids take off into an artwork world on exciting adventures in themes such as fashion, justice, time, rhythm, colours and boundaries. Children’s Broadcast Institute Award of Excellence (twice) & Japan’s Maeda Prize.


YOUNG CATHERINE     (2 x 120’ 16 mm film)
INTRIGUES IMPÉRIALES
Historical mini-series
Also available in French and Spanish
Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer and Julia Ormond
This is an opulent and passionate $9,000,000 mini series based on the early life of Catherine the Great as she fights to win the throne of “All the Russias”. It’s a story of lies, lust, murder and madness, linked by the desire to win the ultimate royal prize - the Russian Empire. A lavish pageant, full of grandiloquent actors, fabulous costumes and magnificent architecture.


ESCAPE FROM IRAN: THE CANADIAN CAPER     (1 x 120’ 16mm film)
V.F.: LES ÉVADES DE L’IRAN
Movie
Starring Gordon Pinsent, R.H. Thompson & Jonathan Welsh
The dramatic and exciting re-creation of the Iran Hostage Crisis and the story surrounding the flight to freedom of six US Embassy staff who finally escaped with the help of Ambassador Ken Taylor and his Canadian Embassy staff. A CBS TV movie of the week. 25th anniversary dates is November, 2004
Intl.Film & TV Festival N.Y. – Bronze


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