Flat Tire Films is currently in pre-development on Cold Front, an online interactive documentary that takes viewers into the heart of the Cold War and Canada's Arctic espionage program. The film tells the story of Canada's involvement in the Cold War from the perspective of the spies who were stationed in the North to gather secret intelligence from the Soviets.
In 1945 defected KGB agent Igor Gouzenko walked into Ottawa's RCMP headquarters and revealed there were more than two-dozen Soviet spies planted in Canada. The 'Gouzenko Affair' blew the lid off the Soviet's nuclear program triggering the start of the Cold War. Well positioned for monitoring Soviet activities, Canada's Arctic quickly became a battleground for information and control. An extensive network of radar stations and air fields was constructed across the North in cooperation with the United States army and secret service.
Today, Arctic sovereignty is again the top of the government's mind, particularly after the Russians planted a flag at the North Pole in 2007. But will spying in the North resurface if tensions flare again between the East and West? Cold Front probes some of these deeper questions.