CBC’s new original talk show The Filmmakers celebrates great Canadian films

From a media release:

CBC today announced a new 11-part original talk show launching as a companion to a special Saturday night line-up of celebrated Canadian films. Hosted by journalist Johanna Schneller and featuring candid studio conversations with some of the creative talent behind many of Canada’s greatest films, THE FILMMAKERS launches this Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. (9 NT). Each half-hour episode centres on one film that will air immediately after the talk show, debuting with Atom Egoyan’s THE SWEET HEREAFTER – the first of 11 Canadian features airing Saturday nights on CBC (full schedule and broadcast times below).

THE FILMMAKERS taps into how some of Canada’s most significant films were made and why we need to watch them, through lively and surprising conversations with a diverse mix of creators, directors and artists including: Xavier Dolan, Sarah Polley, Director X, Atom Egoyan, Mina Shum, Kim Nguyen, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Zacharias Kunuk and Jennifer Baichwal, as well as guest panelists Connor Jessup, David Suzuki, Stephanie Morgenstern, Cameron Bailey, Sook-Yin Lee, Edward Burtynsky, Cazhhmere and Academy Award-winner Sylvain Bellemare.

THE FILMMAKERS will air Saturday evenings on CBC a half hour before each of the following Canadian feature films:

  • July 22 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. THE SWEET HEREAFTER – Directed by Atom Egoyan
  • July 29 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. STORIES WE TELL – Directed by Sarah Polley
  • August 5 –  The Filmmakers 9:00 / film 9:30 p.m. LAST NIGHT – Directed by Don McKellar
  • August 12 – The Filmmakers 9:00 / film 9:30 p.m. INCENDIES – Directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • August 19 -The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. DOUBLE HAPPINESS – Directed by Mina Shum
  • August 26 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. REBELLE (WAR WITCH) Directed by Kim Nguyen
  • September 2 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. J’AI TUÉ MA MÈRE (I KILLED MY MOTHER) Directed by Xavier Dolan
  • September 9 – The Filmmakers 10:00 / film 10:30 p.m WATER – Directed by Deepa Mehta
  • September 16 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) – Directed by Zacharias Kunuk
  • September 23 – The Filmmakers 8:30 / film 9 p.m. MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES  Directed by Jennifer Baichwal
  • September 30 – The Filmmakers 8:30 /  film 9 p.m. ACROSS THE LINE (fka COLE HARBOUR) Directed by Director X

In addition to the weekly broadcast, THE FILMMAKERS and a complementary series of film tutorial videos will be available to stream at cbc.ca/arts. The series will also be made available on CBC’s educational platform Curio.ca.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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