Mixing Now: Okies Vs. Aliens

National Geographic Channel is heading to the American South once again, with the help of a Canadian production company.

The U.S. cable net has greenlit two pilots of Okies vs. Aliens from Toronto-based Shark Teeth Films. The show follows the exploits of Bobby Sparks Jr. and Sr. and their team of nuisance control experts as they travel through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana in search of “menacing invasive species.” Some of the “aliens” they come into contact with include feral hogs, nutria, and the occasional mute swan – a species that can apparently be quite nasty when provoked.

“Bobby and his crew of Okies – these authentic, larger-than-life exterminators – are giving our cameras exclusive access into their world and their battle against ‘alien invaders,’” said Charlie Parsons, vice president, programming and development, National Geographic Channel. “By partnering with expert storytellers, such as Shark Teeth Films, we hope to keep viewers entertained and intrigued, ultimately identifying and relating to this world.”

“National Geographic is one of the world’s most respected channels for factual programming and we are delighted to be producing this exciting new show. Okies vs. Aliens is going to take viewers on a wild and entertaining ride,” added Shark Teeth co-owners and EPs Adrian Carter and Tom Mudd.

Production for the pilots begins this week, with shooting commencing in Texas and Oklahoma. No air date for the pilots has been announced as of yet.

 

Mixing Now: The Adventures of Dr. Crackhead

Dr. Peter Ferentzy’s book “Dealing With Addiction: Why The 20th Century Was Wrong” set storyteller Jennifer Di Cresce on fire with the righteous conviction that drug addicts would never be emancipated through punitive measures. In rallying behind a man that is both street punk and addictions research scientist, Jennifer’s disillusionment begins to settle in the cracks of Peter’s real struggle to keep his personal addiction at bay. Is Peter the wrong guy for the right message? The Adventures of Dr. Crackhead is a 1 hour documentary point-of-view that follows Peter’s journey through a tangle of career ambitions, addiction recovery and love that ultimately leads Jennifer to a crisis of identity and resolve.

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Mixing Now: THE PROJECT – GUATEMALA

Nine unsuspecting young adults think they’ve signed up for an adventure in paradise… What they get is the journey of a lifetime. Sheltered, spoiled, and self-centered, these twenty-something’s believe they’ve been selected for an adventure in an exotic location. But in a dramatic bait and switch, they quickly learn that what they’ll be doing has little to do with sand and surf. Instead, they’re undertaking an ambitious construction project in a place where people desperately need their help. They have just six weeks to build a Community Centre for orphaned and abandoned children in rural Guatemala.  The work will be hard. The time will be tight. And they’ll have to work together. Can this group of privileged and pampered young adults be transformed into better human beings?

Airing: Premieres Monday Sept. 30th at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT on OLN

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Mixing Now: FLY COLT FLY

Brilliant and troubled serial burglar Colton Harris-Moore escaped a juvenile detention facility in 2008, beginning a chase with authorities unlike any other in history. Colt has become an icon for youth rebellion and left in his wake over 100 crimes, including a half dozen stolen boats, at least 10 cars, and 5 airplanes.
90 000 “fans” around the world cheered the teenager on through Facebook. Ten original ballads about Colt have been immortalized on Youtube and book/movie deals were made while he was still on the run. Colt is a new breed of outlaw folk hero – a pure fugitive, a runner. Though non-violent, his name will go down in history with the likes of John Dillinger and Billy The Kid.

Combining documentary elements, dramatic recreations and graphic-novel style animation, Fly Colt Fly contrasts the story of a real kid who fell into burglary to keep from starving, and his mass media doppelganger, The Barefoot Bandit. Colt’s story will be told by those who have known him, his family and friends, his ex-partner stuck in prison, the social service workers that tried to help him, the journalists that followed the story, the people he stole from, the law enforcement officers and bounty hunters that chased him, and the fans that still idolize him.flycoltfly

Golden Sheaf Award Win: The Real Inglorious Bastards

The Real Inglorious Bastards retraces the adventures of two Jewish American OSS operatives who in Operation Greenup jump behind enemy lines to, in the words of our protagonist, “kill some Nazis”. Blending original documentary shooting with dramatic recreations, archival film and rare photographs The Real Inglorious Bastards tells a remarkable story of Jewish soldiers who refused to be beaten down by the Nazi Juggernaut.

Congrats to TRIB team for their Golden Sheaf Award for Best History Documentary!

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World Premiere: The Oxbow Cure

One of eight amazing films in the Independent Visions Competition at the Sarasota Film Festival is THE OXBOW CURE!

This film centers on a young woman named Lena (Claudia Dey) who, after the death of a her father, leaves the comforts of her life behind in order to try and recrudesce in the woods, away from the pressures and condolences of her friends.

In this sophomore feature, the filmmaking partnership known as C&Y presents a portrait of isolation that is at once riveting as it is beautiful. Using the frozen landscape of the Canadian winter as a cinematic backdrop for Lena’s slow road to forgiveness, C&Y have created a poetic portrait of a women seeking to heal herself.

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Opening Soon: The Story of Luke

Good news from another Theatre D alumnus: The Story of Luke, starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer, will be released theatrically on April 5th in over 18 cities in the US and Canada as well as on iTunes and major Cable On-Demand platforms.

Since “The Story of Luke” had its World Premier at the San Diego Film Festival in September (winning Best Film), it has gone on to participate in over 20 film festivals and win another 4 Best Film Awards and 5 Audience Awards. It also received the support of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and in January we were picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures.

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World Premiere: THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE

Theatre D is proud to announce the World Premiere of Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts in Our Machine at this year’s HOT DOCS!

Through the heart and lens of acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, this consciousness-raising documentary shines a cinematic light on the animals we don’t easily acknowledge – the “ghosts” are commodities within the machine of our modern world.

Over the course of a year, award-winning director Liz Marshall follows McArthur as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story ghosts_postcard_final__300wis a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. All part of an epic photo project called We Animals (www.weanimals.org) now in its 15th year and shot all over the globe, McArthur has documented the lives of animals with heart-breaking empathic vividness and professionalism.

Congratulations to the entire team!

Editing Now…

Atom Egoyan’s Queen of the Night is currently picture cutting at The Royal.

With Ryan Reynolds and Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos — Atom Egoyan has assembled a powerful cast to tell this riveting story of a father searching for his missing daughter.

Reynolds plays the father of an abducted child. Eight years after she was allegedly kidnapped, a series of clues convince him that the now-17-year-old girl is still alive. As the detective in charge of the case, Dawson’s charQOTNacter becomes involved in the investigation, racing against time to rescue the imprisoned girl before the trail goes cold.

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This Morning at The Royal…

The Canadian Film Fest is gearing-up for this year’s screenings and this morning The Royal is doing double-duty as a shooting location for the festival print ads.

The Canadian Film Fest is a non-profit organization devoted to the celebration, promotion and advancement of Canadian filmmaking talent.

By exclusively featuring Canadian films, its goal is to provide filmmakers with valuable showcasing and networking opportunities and to offer the public homegrown productions to view and enjoy.

The Canadian Film Fest will be screening at The Royal from March 20 – 23, 2013.

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