Jeff Fuchs is a guy from the Ottawa area who has a thing for tea. It's a thing that sent him hiking thousands of miles over some of the most remote terrain in the world to learn about some of its extensive history and mystical properties. In the documentary The Tea Explorer, he explains his obsession, takes us through the process of making the rarest and most expensive teas, and goes on an adventure tracking an ancient route taken by tea traders for ages. While Fuchs does a lot of of talking, this doc was a particular challenge to describe due to a huge variety of visual elements: from the spectacular vistas of the Himalayas, down to the myriad small details of a Chinese tea ceremony. The Tea Explorer makes his début on The Documentary Channel in Canada on September 11.
Canada has been gearing up for its 150th birthday, reaching its peak on Canada Day July 1. But the celebrations of the country's history include some sober considerations of what people have had to face to help make it great. I wrote and produced the description for Diana Dai's documentary My First 150 Days, which follows the three children and one grandchild of Melona Banico, who immigrated from the Philippines years earlier and has scrimped and saved to sponsor their own immigration. While Canada seems a promised land at first and the family is thrilled to be back together, realities start to set in and tensions get high. Will the family still be together by Canada Day? Enjoy this heart-rendering story of perseverance and love on TVO on July 1, and afterward on their website with Described Video on-demand (Ontario only).
It was a privilege to write description for a deceptively simple but important film. Various children talk about their lives having parents who are divorced. Their thoughts, feelings and stories (sometimes illustrated by animated kids' drawings) about their different family situations can be heartbreaking, funny and often very relatable for a lot of children of divorce. In this clip, they talk about their families and how their lives have changed.
In February, I found myself in the lounge of a sports arena in Cardiff, Wales. People walked around me as I sat with my laptop, tapping away. I was mixing scenes of police chasing a man who supposedly set off an explosive device at a protest in Rio de Janeiro. But all was not as it seemed - as became apparent in the many angles of the events shot by fighters for truth whose best weapons are phone cameras and laptops like mine. That's just one of the stories in the compelling documentary Black Code, based on the book by Professor Ron Deibert of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, investigating issues of technology that can help limit human rights... but can also help them flourish. Look for it on SuperChannel in Canada starting in the summer.
When his new bad reputation earns him a starring role in the show, Philippe (Francis Lederer) starts settling his debt to Monique (Ida Lupino), bringing them closer. But will his affair with Yvonne finally be exposed? Part 2 of 2. First posted August 17, 2009.
In a dark Paris cinema, a struggling actor (Francis Lederer) accidentally kisses the wrong woman (Ida Lupino), setting off a scandal that causes a media frenzy. 1936. Part 1 of 2. First posted August 10, 2009.
Falling out with the East Side Kids becomes the least of Danny’s (Bobby Jordan) troubles when Hank and Butch break out of prison. Can Muggs (Leo Gorcey) and the gang keep him alive? Part 2 of 2. First posted August 3 2009.
A bank robbery causes trouble for the East Side Kids: Hank (Gabriel Dell) is an accessory to the crime, while Danny (Bobby Jordan) captures one of the crooks, earning a reward Muggs (Leo Gorcey) thinks he should share with the gang. 1942. First posted July 27, 2009.
Everytown is rebuilt to the ideals of Wings Over the World, but in 2036, John Cabal’s great-grandson Oswald (Raymond Massey) faces a rebellion when he plans to send explorers into space. Part 3 of 3. First posted July 20, 2009.
A familiar visitor arrives in Everytown with tales of a new great civilization, but The Boss (Ralph Richardson) only sees another enemy to be vanquished. Part 2 of 3. First posted July 13, 2009.