From a media release:
Canadian film and television producer Vince Buda (Brown Girl Begins, Crown and Anchor, The New Normal) and actor, writer and musician Matt Wells (Crown and Anchor, MuchMusic, Schitt’s Creek) are pleased to announce the launch of new production company, Greater Hood Productions.
The first slate of original content includes podcast Good Things with Matt Wells, travel/motivational docuseries Moving On, and an untitled feature film based on the best-selling basketball memoir Chasing A Dream by Carl English.
Good Things with Matt Wells (Podcast)
Premiering on March 21, Good Things with Matt Wells (available on all major podcast platforms) revisits Wells’ passion from his past career as an acclaimed interviewer for Bravo, MTV, MuchMusic and MuchMore. Wells explores the ups and downs of life, love and career through inspiring conversations with incredible people who remind us that sometimes it has to get bad before it gets better and that good things are around the corner. In each episode, Wells gets intimate to explore how those we admire faced professional and personal setbacks, found the light through the darkness and learned about life and themselves in the process.
The first season features conversations with:
Canadian Politician and NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh,
Six-time Olympic Medalist Clara Hughes,
Platinum-selling artist Serena Ryder,
Canada’s Drag Race winner Priyanka,
Renowned American musician Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Rival Schools),
Musician and best-selling author Séan McCann (Great Big Sea),
Big Brother Canada Host and Executive Producer Arisa Cox,
Writer and director Sharon Lewis (Brown Girl Begins, Hudson and Rex, Murdoch Mysteries),
Co-Host of The Social Cynthia Loyst,
Sportsnet Host and musician Tara Slone,
Acclaimed actor Michael Rowe (Arrow, Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe)
More guests will be announced throughout the season.
Moving On (Docuseries – Travel/Motivational)
This inspiring and therapeutic travelogue docuseries sees decorated Olympian Clara Hughes and acclaimed musician Séan McCann (Great Big Sea) push themselves physically and mentally as they explore some of the world’s most iconic, breathtaking and extreme hiking trails. Despite the duo’s iconic careers, Hughes and McCann have experienced rock bottom moments and struggled with addiction and mental health. Their fight for themselves and others now bring them together as renowned mental health advocates and friends. On the trails, they will battle the elements and embrace the healing powers of Mother Earth, movement and music.
Chasing a Dream (Feature Film)
Based on the best-selling basketball memoir Chasing a Dream by Carl English, this film follows the story of five-year-old English who loses his parents in a tragic fire in 1986. After being separated from his brothers and taken in by relatives, English eventually finds an obsessive love of basketball to mask the trauma and grief of his loss. This passion for the sport takes him out of his small town and to the brink of the NBA. From a makeshift hoop on the side of a highway to the NCAA, to European basketball stardom and ultimately going head-to-head with Kobe Bryant, basketball not only changed his life….it saved it.
About Vince Buda
Vince Buda is a producer, director and production executive with almost 20 years of experience and over 65 credits in live event programming, scripted and unscripted television, documentary, feature-length and short films. His career began as a production assistant on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and visual effects coordinator on TRON: Legacy. His recent projects include the world-renowned Scotiabank Giller Prize (CBC); New Year’s Eve special, From Ontario With Love (TVO); the critically acclaimed docuseries, Anyone’s Game (CBC); the docuseries While the Rest of Us Die: Secrets of the American Government with Jeffrey Wright (VICE-TV); and the multiple award-winning short film, The New Normal.
About Matt Wells
Actor, writer and musician Matt Wells is best known for creating, producing and starring in the critically acclaimed film Crown and Anchor. His entertainment journey began as frontman for the notorious Newfoundland hardcore-punk band Bucket Truck. It led him to become a respected journalist for MuchMusic, Bravo and MTV, where he interviewed everyone from The Police, Quentin Tarantino and Lee Daniels to Mariah Carey, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Lady Gaga. Since shifting his focus to acting and filmmaking, he’s appeared in Schitt’s Creek, Designated Survivor, Murdoch Mysteries, and the multiple award-winning short films The New Normal, as well as Poison in the Water, which he co-wrote with his daughter. Wells is represented by Carolyn Sterling at Grand Wave Entertainment.
About Greater Hood Productions
Greater Hood Productions is the brainchild of Vince Buda and Matt Wells born out of long conversations on even longer socially distanced walks during the pandemic. The full-service production house is dedicated to creating, developing and producing film, television, documentaries, podcasts and more that explore the ideas that fall through the cracks — stories of truth, resilience and the perseverance of the human spirit. www.greaterhood.ca