Canadian network Super Channel has handed its feature documentary award for 2012 to two projects: Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John and Mixed Match.
As part of the win, each project receives CAD$3,000 to be used to attend the Hot Docs Forum in Toronto later this year and to help further develop the project.
Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John – produced by Nadia Tavazzani and producer-director Chelsea McMullan, of One Thousand and One Productions – tells the story of the five children (whose names comprise the title) of John Hanmer, a Canadian police officer who lived a troubled life before suffering a tragic death. The film explores how the children, scattered around the world, have each been forced to resolve their father’s troubled past without him.
Mixed Match, meanwhile, is executive produced and directed by Jeff Chiba Stearns and producer Ruth Vincent of Mixed Match Productions. This medical-focused project explores how diversity and ethnicity play a critical role in multi-ethnic patient survival. It explores the challenges faced by mixed race patients with rare blood diseases like leukemia who are searching for bone marrow donors with less than one in a million odds of finding a suitable match.
In addition to the funds and the help getting to Hot Docs, each project will receive between 15 to 20 hours of mentorship with internationally renowned documentary filmmakers; Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John with Nicholas de Pencier, Mercury Films (Payback, Act of God, Manufactured Landscapes); and Mixed Match with Nettie Wild, Canada Wild Productions (Fix, A Place Called Chiapas, Blockade, A Rustling of Leaves).