This film was produced by 90th Parallel Film & Television Productions in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), in association with the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and Global Television, a division of CanWest MediaWorks Inc.
90th Parallel Film & Television Productions is respected throughout the industry as one of Canada's premier high-end documentary production houses.
The National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issue documentaries. As Canada's public film producer, the NFB is renowned the world over for generating dialogue on vital social issues.
Henderson has directed, written or produced hundreds of documentaries and current affairs programs over the past thirty years.
He began his career as parliamentary correspondent for Global TV, moved on to produce documentaries for CBC's THE JOURNAL and was the senior field producer at CTV's W-FIVE.
Henderson was Senior Series Producer of the acclaimed thirty-two hour CBC series CANADA: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY.
As a director his productions include THE CHOIRMASTER, SUPERBUGS and RETURN TO CHERNOBYL for CBC. He has directed many documentaries with CTV anchor and senior news editor Lloyd Roberston and worked closely with the late Bill Cameron.
Henderson has won two Gemini Awards and been nominated eight times. His productions have won awards in New York, Chicago, Houston, Columbus, Yorkton, Telluride, Banff and Paris.
He teaches a fourth year and graduate course at Toronto's Ryerson University's School of Journalism and sits on The University of Western Ontario's Journalism Advisory Council. He takes pride in mentoring young filmmakers.
His experience and enthusiasm ensures that all 90th productions have a sharp editorial edge and keen story-telling dynamic. As the company gets busier, and the scope of productions more varied, that know-how becomes ever more important.
Silva Basmajian, National Film Board of Canada
Silva Basmajian's career as a producer, writer and researcher of social issue documentaries spans over 20 years, and more than 60 productions. A critically-acclaimed producer, Ms. Basmajian has won more than 38 awards for her films, and a personal achievement award as the recipient of the WIFT Outstanding Achievement Award.
Her recent film THE LAST ROUND: CHUVALO VS. ALI won the Special Jury Award at the Hot Docs Festival. She also garnered the prestigious Donald Brittain award for Best Social/Political Documentary for DEEP INSIDE CLINT STAR at the Gemini Awards and the Peabody Award for MY FATHER’S CAMERA. Her films have broadcast in every major country, and premiered at more than 200 international film festivals around the world.
An historian by training, Ms. Basmajian’s credits include two award-winning film series,FEMINIZATION OF POVERTYand ELDERLY AT RISK, as well as the documentary RAPE: A CRIME OF WAR, which received a Special Jury Prize at the Banff Television Festival. Recent productions also include THE DEVIL YOU KNOW: INSIDE THE MIND OF TODD MACFARLANE, an intimate look at the creator of the Spawn comic book series, and KIM CAMPBELL THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, the only feature-length documentary on Canada’s first woman prime minister. She also served as NFB producer on such award-winning co-productions as UNVEILED: THE MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP; HITMAN HART: WRESTLING WITH SHADOWS; and MS. CONCEPTIONS.
McLeod is a Gemini award winner, Canada's highest award for excellence in English-language television. He specializes in story construction, identifying and examining the elements of a good story and assembling the components for maximum impact.
From 1999-2001, international titles Ian McLeod produced include HUMAN: WHO ARE WE, a two-hour story of evolution for Discovery and Canal Plus; WOMAN ADVENTURERS, 4 one-hour profiles of daring women, for Canal Plus and History (Canada); HISTORY HAPPENED HERE, a two-hour travelogue history for Reader's Digest; and three hours of MEDICAL MYSTERIES for TLC and Discovery Health.
In 1989, 1991, and 1999, programs Ian McLeod produced were the highest rated documentaries of the year in Canada. From 1997-1999 he was the Executive Producer of the CTV news magazine program W5. During that time W5 was consistently Canada's highest-rated Canadian produced program in drama and documentary. During this time he also independently produced 2 two-hour specials for A&E titled HAUNTED HOUSES and MORE HAUNTED HOUSES, both big ratings hits in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
McLeod's first international TV credits were VIETNAM: THE TEN THOUSAND DAY WAR and AMERICAN CAESAR — both produced in the 1980's and still in active international distribution on A&E History. Also in the mid 1980's he produced a kid's show called GOING GREAT — 65 shows for Nickleodeon, the last 20 of which cast the then unknown 17 year old Keanu Reeves as a co-host.Ian McLeod is now Executive Producer at AAC FACT — a division of Alliance Atlantis Communications. He lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife.