CMF invests $3.2 million in 11 doc projects

EyeSteelFilm, Rhombus Media and Real to Reel Productions are among the funding recipients in the Canada Media Fund's convergent stream point of view documentary program.
August 26, 2013

The Canada Media Fund has invested a total of CAD$3.4 million (US$3.23 million) into 11 projects in its English-language convergent stream POV program, which is dedicated to the production of point-of-view documentaries.

Toronto-based Rhombus Media received $300,000 for Music of the Underground Railroad, and $75,000 for the project’s digital media (DM) component, an interactive media website; Ballinran Productions also received $300,000 for It’s Always Sunny in Mumbai, and $75,000 for its downloadable e-book.

Montreal-based EyeSteelFilm received $300,000 in support for The Last of the Blues-Devils, and $75,000 for interactive website The Midnight Special, while Quebec’s Les Productions Catbird received $233,596 for One-Legged Harry, and $44,495 for One-Legged Harry Online.

And Antica Productions received $235,063 for Clap for the Wolfman, and $75,000 for the project’s website Clap for the Wolfman: Into the Mix; while Real to Reel Productions received backing of $273,448 for Eccentrics and $37,500 for its website.

For Headwaters, B.C.’s Canada Wild Productions received $290,100 and $37,500 for theĀ Your Weight in Gold website; while One Thousand and One Productions received $229,768 for Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John, and $37,500 for The Legendary Phra Alphai Mani, a downloadable e-book.

Michael Shannon earlier this year won Super Channel’s $3,000 feature documentary award, used to attend the Hot Docs Forum and further develop the project.

Alberta’s Clearwater Documentary Inc. received $267,759 for The Plutocrats documentary, while Quebec’s Dark Lullabies received $134,000 for its Reaching for Zion doc. Smiley Guy Studios received $75,000 to produce the Reaching for Zion DM component.

Finally, Why Horror? 2013 received $226,770 for Why Horror?, and $37,500 for its companion interactive media site.

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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 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.