Highlights for the 2003-2004 seaosn.
This Fall, The Documentary Channel once again pushes the envelope with an entertaining and eclectic schedule of films, including special commissions, international award-winners and buzz-generators from the festival circuit. Highlights for the 2003 fall season include Stupidity (the hit film at this year’s Hot Docs festival), Private Parties (which explores the often-surprising private lives of “ordinary” Canadians), Frederick Wiseman’s hard-hitting, much-honoured Domestic Violence, the gorgeous, award-winning Rivers and Tides, and the engrossing and touching Academy Award nominee, Daughter from Danang.
“I’m proud to say this fall season is our strongest yet,” says Michael Burns, Director of Programming for the network. “We’ve got truly outstanding movies from the festival circuit—some are world broadcast premieres—and we’ve commissioned some exceptional films that can’t be seen anywhere else. These films are edgy, funny, relevant and totally entertaining.”
“Documentary is a genre of film that is growing in popularity,” explains Michael Harris, Vice President and General Manager for The Documentary Channel. “The popularity of feature documentaries such as Bowling for Columbine, Capturing the Friedmans, Spellbound and Etre et Avoir illustrate the power of today’s documentary film to draw an audience. What we do is bring the very best in documentary film—which is to say, some of the very best movies in the world, period—right into Canadian homes. In fact, both Spellbound and Etre et Avoir will air exclusively on The Documentary Channel early next year. At about only $2 a month, it represents unparalleled entertainment value.”
In addition to its lineup of new and renowned films from Canada and around the globe, The Documentary Channel continues to program its own film festivals, each one a weekend-long feast of films dedicated to a single theme. After midnight, The Documentary Channel airs edgy, provocative programming for late-night viewers, including HBO’s renowned Taxicab Confessions.