The Movie Network Announces Canadian Original Documentary Development And Production Slate

Bell Media’s premium Pay TV service working on eight documentary features including two from counter-culture icon Ron Mann.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

As the documentary world gathers at the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Bell Media’s The Movie Network (TMN) has confirmed its commitment to the development and production of a diverse array of provocative, compelling documentaries from some of Canada’s finest filmmakers.

The list of eight new works commissioned by TMN includes Ron Mann’s GRASS 2, a timely sequel to his definitive look at marijuana; ANTHROPOCENE, the final chapter in celebrated documentarians Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s trilogy about the impact of humans on our planet; Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine, which charts the rise of the Toronto power-rock group in the ‘70s and ‘80s; The Inconvenient Indian, a journey into the mind of leading Indigenous Canadian intellectual and storyteller, Thomas King; and Out Of The Mouths, an observational documentary that tells the chilling story of a generation of children who have been raised in a world where their every move is released on social media to be judged, praised, ridiculed, and ranked on a quest for recognition and viral fame.

“Canadians love documentaries, and we’re excited to be working with so many talented producers and directors to bring TMN subscribers a fantastic slate of must-watch titles,” said Tracey Pearce, President of Distribution and Pay at Bell Media, in a press release.