Canadian pay-TV networks Movie Central and The Movie Network have greenlit docs from Ron Mann, Banger Films, Rob Stewart and Jennifer Baichwal (pictured) for their 2012/13 production slates.
Mann’s Altman, which was yesterday named one of the Roger’s Group of Funds grantees, is one of the docs headed to Movie Central and The Movie Network. The feature-length documentary focuses on the life and art of director Robert Altman.
The two networks have also greenlit Revolution: Sharkwater 2, a sequel from Stewart that sees the director going on a 15-country adventure to save the world; Vincent Goes to Hell: An Alice Cooper Doc Opera from Banger Films, which follows Vincent Furnier’s struggle to contain his persona, Alice Cooper; and Water, from Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky. The Sixth Wave Productions doc aims to “let viewers experience water in ways that they are not accustomed to: politically, culturally, ecologically.”
The Nightingale Company’s The David Steinberg Documentary (working title) is a portrait of the Canadian comedian and director of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Mad About You and Newheart. The film follows Steinberg as he works on a new hour of stand-up material, his first in years, and also includes interviews with Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Don Rickles and more.
In Studio is a one-hour special celebrating Canadian filmmaking, and premieres on July 1 on The Movie Network and July 27 on Movie Central.
Finally, The Reelside is a 6 x 30-minute doc series featuring Canadian directors interviewing actors.
“Our latest round of original productions further fulfills our goal of balancing auteur-driven comedies and documentaries from Canada’s most original voices with compelling international coproductions sure to have viewers on the edge of their seats,” said Aubie Greenberg, Astral Television Networks’ director of original programming and movie services.