February 26, 2020 (Halifax, Canada) – Much has happened for The Mill documentary and the Northern Pulp mill since Site Media filmmaker, David W. Craig and award-winning producer of Vertical Productions, Ann Bernier’s documentary had its original air date, including securing a second broadcast on CBC-TV – March 5, 2020 at 9pm AST.
Following its festival premiere at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival on September 16, 2019, The Mill enjoyed two screenings in Decorah, Iowa at the Oneota Film Festival this February. It was named the 2020 Best Feature Documentary OFF Walter W. Ordway Award Winner. Craig enjoyed a distance Q&A with an inquisitive audience curious to know what has happened to the mill as the environmental and industrial issues explored hold relevance the world over. The film also looks forward to being screened at the 17th Annual International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco, California on March 13, 2020, where it has already won the Environment Award.
The filmmakers are also eagerly anticipating March 23, 2020, as they have been nominated in the TV category for Best Documentary Program by the Canadian Screen Awards against four other films – a high national accolade and achievement. On top of this, the film will be screened at Elements International Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada in early April.
The Mill was made possible with the assistance of the Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund, Ontario Creates Film & Television Tax Credit, and The Canadian Film or Video Film Tax Credit. The Mill is a co-production made in collaboration with CBC and Canadian Media Fund. The Mill was inspired by Joan Baxter’s 2017 book, The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest.
About David W. Craig, Filmmaker (sitemedia.ca)
Based in Toronto and Pictou County, Nova Scotia, David Craig is a co-founder of the independent documentary film company Site Media Inc., and a producer on all its films. Site Media’s last film, Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island, won Best Atlantic Documentary at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival and screened around the world. Before heading to Toronto to work at the Ontario Arts Council and Telefilm Canada, he started his career in film in Halifax working on William D. MacGillivray’s Life Classes, one of the first feature films to be made in Atlantic Canada.
About Ann Bernier, Producer (verticalproductionsinc.com)
Ann Bernier has over three decades of experience as a professional in the screen industry in Canada. She was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc., which produced such award winning co-production films as: Margaret’s Museum starring Helena Bonham Carter; Love and Death on Long Island starring John Hurt and Jason Priestly; and New Waterford Girl. While there, she produced The Wild Dogs by Thom Fitzgerald and the Canada/France co-production Folle Embellie. She is a producer on John Walker’s last three feature documentaries including his most recent Assholes: A Theory, for documentary Channel. Ann also worked at Telefilm Canada as an executive where she oversaw film and television development projects and later the new media fund. Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners for two years with the UK and Ibero-America. For the past five years, she has been on the selection committee for Canada’s official selection of the Academy Awards foreign language film.
Ann is a great supporter of emerging talent and spends time mentoring upcoming filmmakers and producers. She is also the recipient of the 2017 WIFT-AT Wave Award recognizing her significant body of work. She and her partner Chris Zimmer run Vertical Productions Inc. and are developing a number of projects including two television drama series, the animation feature film Koati, and a feature film, Monica’s News.
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Filmmaker David W. Craig is available for interviews. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.