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.



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: Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts in Our Machine

The Ghosts In Our Machine illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.  Through the heart and photographic lens of protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animal characters.

“The connection that I have to animals while I’m photographic them is one of empathy.  There is a huge mistreatment and inequality between human and non-human animals, and that’s always in the forefront of my mind.” – Jo-Anne McArthur

The film shines a light on the complex social issue of animal rights within the context of our voracious consumer driven world.  A diverse cast of voices contribute to the moral question posed: Are animals property to be owned and used, or are animals sentient beings deserving of rights?