Monthly Archives: November 2011

TVO’s Doc Studio Website Packs It In

I am very impressed with TVO’s new Doc Studio website. Which is ironic because I used to complain vociferously about their uninformative previous site. This new hub blends information: air-dates, links to featured docs, docs in production – which is really a neat inside peek, a featured filmmaker profile – along with full documentaries that you can watch online.

My first viewing pick was the much touted 2-part series “Raw Opium.” The documentary blended intelligently the life of poppy crop farmers in Afghanistan with the life of heroin addicts of the streets of Vancouver. It inspired me to start writing my own story about the marijuana industry and sub-culture in Canada.

If you visit their site, don’t forget to check out the doc studio filmmaking contest. The winning filmmaker gets:

  • A mentoring session (of up to eight hours total) with Genie award-winning filmmaker Alan Zweig;
  • A television broadcast of your short documentary on TVO, and TVO’s YouTube Channel;
  • A Hot Docs 2012 industry pass (approximate retail value of $500.00).

Filmmakers – also check out the site’s blog for industry information.