Last Resort is an an exploration of the precedent-setting case which saw the first ever Indigenous freedom of religion challenge before the Supreme Court of Canada. The Ktunaxa Nation in British Columbia's Kootenay region has a deep, spiritual connection to the grizzly bear imbued in nearby Qat'muk mountain. The proposed Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort greatly threatens this religious and spiritual practice. Capturing the hearts and minds of the Ktunaxa Nation, this documentary explores the journey of the First Nation as they push for a final veto on the development. This short film is part of the Hot Docs Canada 150 compilation, In the Name of All Canadians which premiered at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema in 2018.
The film has since played cities across Canada, has been featured on Air Canada’s En Route film channel and can be found for purchase on iTunes.
In the wake of her mother’s death, dog musher Yuka Honda prepares to compete in the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest from Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. As Yuka launches into her training with a heavy heart there are several obstacles in the way: finding the strength to train while still grieving her mother's death and a lack of finances to carry out the full-time job of training her dogs. We follow Yuka as she meets these challenges with an infectious spirit of determination. As training comes to a close we watch Yuka as she makes final preparations for her journey to the start line in Fairbanks, Alaska. This 10 minute observational documentary captures the pre-race excitement and tension in advance of a several day race through unimaginably extreme conditions.
Underdog aired on CBC's short documentary strand in 2016
The Ontario government recently announced it wants to test a radical solution to rising poverty: give poor people money, no strings attached. It's known as a guaranteed or basic income and premier Kathleen Wynne wants to see hundreds of Ontario families receiving basic income as early as next year.
Can money cure poverty? In the 1970s the Canadian government spent millions of dollars carrying out the world's largest basic income experiment in the farming community of Dauphin, Manitoba. Four thousand families enlisted, two thousand boxes of data collected and none of it analyzed for decades. Today, Dauphin is one of the poorest communities in Canada even though the study actually managed to eradicate poverty in the short term. The Ontario announcement has been met with lots of fanfare from people on the political left and the right who say basic income is the only real solution to growing levels of poverty. But there is a fear that Ontario may be fated to repeat the same mistakes as Manitoba. And then of course, there are the critics who say people shouldn't be getting money for nothing.
The Guarantee is a cinematic documentary that will parallel the two experiments through the eyes of participants from then and now. By interweaving stories of the past and present we'll see the challenges of a government trying to tackle one of the largest predicaments facing our country: growing inequality.
Tracing Lillian is a journey to uncover the mystery of Lillian Alling, a Polish immigrant who disappeared while walking solo from New York to Siberia in the 1920s. Homesick and disillusioned with her life in New York, Lillian sets out to travel 10,000 kilometres, largely by wilderness trail, and by water. Sleeping out in the open at night and carrying only a small backpack and lead pipe for protection, Lillian was a remarkable woman whose story has long been forgotten.
Through the filmmaker’s narration of a modern-day hike along the Yukon Telegraph Trail, Tracing Lillian searches for remnants of Lillian’s journey. This short documentary uses animated sequences, archival footage and the filmmaker’s present-day footage of the Telegraph Trail.
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.