6 (Mostly) Good News Stories About Film in Canada

Filmmaker Paul Plett (also an amateur musician) thought it was strange nobody had ever made a documentary about the world of Canadian folk music — so he decided to do it himself. Northern Folk will look at the lives of musicians all over the country. His Indiegogo campaign closes today; Sandra Bolan writes all about it in Plett’s old hometown paper, The Stouffville Sun-Tribune.

Remember the Adventure Film Series at GO Fest in Whistler, BC? It needs volunteers, says Cathryn Atkinson in Pique. You get to watch the films while they’re screening,  and there are other perks. (There always are.)

Kelowna filmmaker Carey Missler makes the news again — in Castanet, Jennifer Zielinski reports he’s made a  “deal with Visland [Media] that will see it sell The Paddler to broadcasters and media buyers throughout the world.”

“In Vancouver, the film industry is operating at near-capacity,” says the CBC, citing the low Canadian dollar. Let’s hope that helps Nova Scotia too, not to mention other places around the country.

Well, at least animators in Nova Scotia are getting more of break than filmmakers, the CBC also says: “Animation Nova Scotia companies will be able to recover 50 per cent of eligible labour costs or 25 per cent of total production costs, whichever is lower.”

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney’s hard-hitting documentary, will be available in Canada this Friday “in select theatres, on VOD and iTunes” according to The Winnipeg Free Press.  The film has been condemned by Scientologists who haven’t seen it, so that should tell you something.

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