April 26th 2009. Only hours after three young men were gunned down in cold blood, Dwayne Nelson walked into the nearest ranger station and confessed to the crime. Despite his detailed account, he was allowed to go free because of a loophole in the American Constitution. Award Winning Canadian Documentarian Julian T. Pinder (Jesus Town, Trouble in the Peace, Land) travels to Yellowstone in a cinematic and compelling chase for truth behind a crime that should have rocked the nation. How did the US Constitution, the supreme law of the United States of America, let a guilty man go free? In his hunt for answers Pinder breaks the first rule of documentary film making by allowing himself to become a subject in the story; risking his life and others when he finds evidence that could re-open the case of the Yellowstone Murders years later. In Pinder's POPULATION ZERO we come to find the only thing more shocking than the crime itself are the bizarre events that followed.
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ALEX is desperate for a memorable experience. In an attempt to break from his mundane life, he accepts a job offer from his unorganized boss TOM to film a destination wedding in sunny Mexico. Jumping at the chance to get away, Alex convinces Tom to bring his photographer friend JUSTIN to help. The only problem is, Justin isn’t a photographer.
After a rough connecting flight, and haphazard arrival at Mexico’s Gran Cielo Resort, the pair encounter an ensemble of characters including a badly sunburnt groom and his beautiful bride-to- be, a best man who confesses his unrequited love for his best friend’s fiancé, a pair of seductive foreigners, and a pair of teenage hooligans. Also present is a cast of family relatives who can’t but help observe the pair drunkenly fumbling their way through this gig. They don't really know what they're doing and there's a ten drink minimum. Things are bound to get messy.
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RELEASE DATE: 2018
Northern France, 1918. World War One is reaching its bloody climax. The end can’t come soon enough for shell-shocked tunneller Canadian ABRAHM BERTON. He’s saved countless lives but barely survived the horrific battles fought deep beneath the trenches—now he dreams of a new life with his beautiful French girlfriend.
Berton’s superiors, however, have just learned of a top-secret underground German base and need his expertise to get a team inside. He pleads with them not to send him. They give him no choice.
Deep beneath the surface, German special weapons officer REINER has lost control of a highly contagious biological weapon, which turns its victims into mindless killers. Berton and a team of Canadian, British and American troops soon find themselves trapped 100 feet underground with hordes of the infected, a rapidly spreading disease, and a team of German Stormtroopers dispatched to clean up Reiner’s mess.
Berton’s only option is to implode the base and bury the infectious bio-weapon deep underground in the hopes that it never surfaces again. But Reiner still believes his weapon can knock the Allies out of the war and will stop at nothing to see it unleashed on the Western Front.
TRENCH 11 is a gripping WWI sci-fi thriller.
Starring Phil Hartman
Who was Phil Hartman? Many know him as the voice of twenty-one characters on ‘The Simpsons’, seventy-eight on ‘Saturday Night Live’, and co-creator of the Pee Wee Herman character.
Yet, public perception of Phil Hartman and his wife Brynn were nothing like the reality of it. What seemed like a Hollywood dream couple, was actually a dysfunctional and complex, but uniquely loving relationship. As a recovering addict, Brynn had her demons and Phil too was emotionally challenged. Comedians are notoriously complex people and Phil was no exception. Mysterious, distant, yet profoundly kind. There were as many personalities within Phil Hartman as there were characters he portrayed.
Akin to the great comedian biopics such as ‘Man On The Moon’, ‘Starring Phil Hartman’ is a tragic comedy. It's also a tragic romance, similar in spirit to the love story in, ‘The People Vs Larry Flynt’, insightful into the human condition, hilarious and heart-wrenching.
'Starring Phil Hartman' has the support of Telefilm Canada and The COGECO Fund
RELEASE DATE: 2018
For many years, art lover Drew Lightfoot has been an animator, working behind the scenes in the feature film world. In 'Spotless', Drew steps in front of the camera for the first time to document his participation in a contemporary art investment gamble: he’ll travel with a film crew around the globe attending an international exhibit of 'Spot Paintings' by the UK’s most successful living artist, Damien Hirst, and in the end be rewarded with a ‘Spot’ print of his own. With a projected value of up to two hundred thousand dollars per print, Drew jumps at the opportunity to visit eleven galleries across three continents and collect a piece of art that could not only pay for the whole adventure but also yield a profit.
Along the way, Drew finds himself troubled by the arbitrary, often ludicrous manner in which contemporary art is valued. The simultaneous explosion of the worldwide Occupy movement only adds to his unease. How is it that, in the midst of so much economic distress, a painting that could pass for designer wallpaper can sell for 3.4 million dollars?
The shocking answers Drew uncovers reveal a wildly unregulated market fueled by sophisticated promotion, insider chicanery, billionaire brinksmanship, and money laundering—everything but a true recognition of merit. In a world where the poor are getting poorer and the rich so much richer, Drew Lightfoot discovers precisely how the contemporary art world manufactures value… and cunningly hides its spots.