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“Altman,” “Ariel” among Rogers Doc Fund grantees

The Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund has awarded CDN$1.1 million (US$1.07 million) in grants to 17 documentary projects, with Ron Mann (pictured) and Bill Imperial's Altman, and Laura Bari and Sarah Spring's Ariel among the films receiving money.
June 11, 2012

The Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund has awarded CDN$1.1 million (US$1.07 million) in grants to 17 documentary projects, with Ron Mann (pictured) and Bill Imperial’s Altman, and Laura Bari and Sarah Spring’s Ariel among the films receiving money.

The projects are a mixture of English- and French-language, and cover networks including Animal Planet, Canal D, History Television, Documentary, Vision TV, and Super Channel. The individual amounts granted were not broken out for each film.

As previously reported, Altman is being made for The Movie Network, and will see Canadian director Mann looking at the life of acclaimed American filmmaker Robert Altman.

Ariel, meanwhile, focuses on a man who is rebuilding his body after losing his legs in a terrible accident, and was among the docs to be named as a recipient for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media’s partnered funds earlier this year.

The Rogers Group of Funds is an initiative under which the Canadian telecom giant offers three different forms of support to Canadian program-makers.

The Rogers Telefund offers loans to Canadian indie producers; while the Rogers Documentary Fund provides funding for documentary films. The Rogers Cable Network Fund, meanwhile, is an equity investor in Canadian programs that have a first play on a Canadian cable channel.

The full list of grantees, as provided by the Rogers Group of Funds, follows:

Altman
Company: Sphinx Productions
Producers: Ron Mann, Bill Imperial
Confirmed broadcasters: The Movie Network

Ariel
Company: Parabola Films
Producers: Sarah Spring, Laura Bari
Confirmed broadcasters: Documentary, Nuevo Mundo

Curse of the Axe
Company: YAP Huron Productions
Producers: Elliott Halpern, Elizabeth Trojian, Robin Bicknell
Confirmed broadcasters: History Television

Edward Burtynsky: Water
Company: Sixth Wave Productions
Producers: Daniel Iron, Nicholas de Pencier
Confirmed broadcasters: The Movie Network, Movie Central

Following Four Wise Men
Company: Inigo Athenaeum Enterprise
Producers: Richard Hanet, Alison Rose
Confirmed broadcasters: Vision TV

Grasslands
Company: Grasslands Productions
Producers: Mark Bradley, Ian Toews
Confirmed broadcasters: SCN, Oasis HD

Ground to Ground
Company: Productions InformAction
Producers: Nathalie Barton, Ravida Din (NFB)
Confirmed broadcasters: Documentary

Jeux d’avenir
Company: Echo Média Productions
Producers: Luc Châtelain, Stéphanie Pages, Luce Roy
Confirmed broadcasters: Canal D

 Le corps ne ment pas
Company: Productions InformAction
Producers: Nathalie Barton, Ian Oliveri
Confirmed broadcasters: Télé-Québec

Le Déluge qui venait du froid
Company: Productions Nova Média
Producers: Yves Lafontaine, Paul Saadoun
Confirmed broadcasters: Canal D

Les 18 fugitives
Company: Intuitive Pictures
Producer: Ina Fichman
Confirmed broadcasters: SRC, RDI

Les femmes du Meghalaya
Company: Les productions ISCA
Producers: Carole Poliquin, Isaac Isitan
Confirmed broadcasters: TV5

Not Criminally Responsible
Company: NCR Productions
Producers: Silva Basmajian (NFB), John Kastner, Deborah Parks
Confirmed broadcasters: CBC, documentary

Paws for Autism
Company: November Productions
Producers: Arnie Zipursky, Chris Sandy
Confirmed broadcasters: Animal Planet

Québécoisie
Company: Les productions ISCA
Producers: Carole Poliquin, Isaac Isitan
Confirmed broadcasters: SRC

The Shaw Festival
Company: Forevergreen Television & Film Productions
Producers: Alan Aylward, Jeremy Major
Confirmed broadcasters: Biography Channel, WNED (U.S.)

When Jews Were Funny
Company: Funny Jews Inc.
Producers: Jesse Ikeman, Jeff Glickman
Confirmed broadcasters: Super Channel

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