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Recipients of Canwest-Hot Docs funds announced

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Canwest have announced the 11 projects chosen to receive a total of $279,500 in grants and no-interest loans from the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds.
December 10, 2009

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Canwest have announced the 11 projects chosen to receive a total of $279,500 in grants and no-interest loans from the Canwest-Hot Docs Funds. A committee awarded five completion grants totaling $222,000 to: Behind the Scenes at Kinngait Studios from Site Media Inc. on how the remote settlement of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, has become the capital of the Inuit art world; Grinder from Border City Productions, about the underground world of those who play poker for a living; Raw Opium, from Kensington Communications Inc., about opium’s fall from being a ‘gift of the gods’ to a scourge on society; The Real M*A*S*H, from Storyline Entertainment, which finds the real stories and people that inspired the TV series and film; and A Strange Brew – the End of Addiction from Nomad Films Inc., which follows botanist Dr. Adam Brown as he tries to unlock the secrets of plants that could play an important role in our common future. As for the Canwest-Hot Docs Development Fund, recipients are: 9.79: The Rise and Fall of Ben Johnson from Conquering Lion Pictures, which focuses on the disgraced Canadian sprinter; EyeSteelFilm’s Ariel, which follows the title character as he designs and builds his own prosthetic legs; Green to the End, from Snug Harbour Films Inc., which follows two eco-friendly sisters on a quest to find a carbon-zero funeral; Invisible War: Secrets of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, from Take 3 Productions Inc., which is an in-depth look at the legendary Trail; Operation Soap from 21D Productions Inc., which examines the 1981 Toronto bathhouse raids and the Canadian gay movement it triggered and lastly, Taxi School from Producions du Rapide-Blanc, which looks at recent immigrants to Canada through the window of a Montreal taxi school.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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