Vancouver, Canada-based Paperny Films is at work on The Last Days of World War II. Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, the doc takes the POV of the Canadian soldiers, generals and politicians who were involved. A 2 x 1-hour series, the second episode focuses on how the war shaped Canada’s modern economy, culture and position on the international stage. The budget is about CDN$500,000 (US$340,000). History Television in Toronto will broadcast the doc, which is scheduled to wrap this summer.
In March, Paperny Films completed a 30-minute single about Joe Average, a Vancouver-based artist and philanthropist. Born Brock Tebbutt, the artist began signing his work with the Everyman moniker at 19. At 27, he was diagnosed HIV positive, which propelled him into AIDS activism. His colorful pop art has earned kudos from international art critics, yet he donates twice as much work to charity as he sells.
Funded by the CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund (CWIP) and the Rogers Documentary Fund, Anything But Average was produced for $98,000 ($74,500). Canada’s CBC, Bravo! and the Knowledge Network will air the doc, which is still looking for a distributor. KB