John Minh Tran Nominated for CSC Award

Congratulations to John Minh Tran, Director of Photography for Notwithstanding, who's been nominated for a Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for his gorgeous work on the film in the Docudrama category. Notwithstanding was created by Patrick Reed and Andréa Schmidt for In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short films produced by Hot Docs.

John, we'll be cheering for you on April 14th.

Illusions of Control

We're delighted that Illusions of Control, written and directed by Shannon Walsh and produced by What Escapes Production, is among the films receiving support through Telefilm Canada's Theatrical Documentary Program. And we're proud to be in such fine company as we move into a new year. Thanks to Telefilm and to our distributor Cinema Politica.

Read the full Telefilm press release: http://link.active-mail.biz/v/443/90f6762eede0efa1fb8faee432e1be85f4d44658e409744d

   Illusions of Contro    l  , a feature-length documentary written and directed by Shannon Walsh.

Illusions of Control, a feature-length documentary written and directed by Shannon Walsh.

The Rollback

My latest episode for Fault Lines examines the Trump administration’s sweeping rollback of environmental regulations, and asks what it might cost American communities. The full episode is linked below.

Thanks to correspondent Josh Rushing, DP Joel Van Haren and editor Warwick Meade, and to Paul Abowd for additional photography and a long drive. All credit to the members of team Fault Lines who lent support at crucial moments. There really is no kinder team in television.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMAXxA_Yid...

Some press...

Our short speculative doc, Notwithstanding, premiered as part of the Hot Docs compilation In the Name of All Canadians earlier this week. 

From The Globe and Mail: "...an impressively curated selection of six short documentaries that take a serious, sometimes heartbreaking look at this country we call home [...]. A standout is Patrick Reed and Andrea Schmidt’s contribution, Notwithstanding, which imagines the potential casualties of the Charter’s now rarely discussed clause."

Full review: "In the Name of All Canadians is both Engaging and Difficult to Watch"

Notwithstanding

Speculative non-fiction is something I've been interested in making for a number of years. So I'm extremely happy to have the opportunity to do so with collaborator (and award-winning filmmaker) Patrick Reed. We're working on a short for a compilation commissioned by HotDocs, which is the first original film HotDocs has ever commissioned. 

It's a film inspired by Section 33 of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Notwithstanding clause.  Without getting into the details, we imagine a dystopian and unsettlingly familiar scenario in which the clause is used to weaponize the Charter against itself.

The entire compilation will premiere on June 28, 2017.

You can read more about the project here.