The Filmmakers

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Canadian film but were too polite to ask

OK, maybe not everything, but this roundup of dozens of interviews, essays and panels from The Filmmakers can certainly offer a primer.

OK, maybe not everything, but we can certainly offer a considerable primer

From left: Incendies, War Witch and The Sweet Hereafter. (Entertainment One, Mongrel Media, Alliance Films)

This past weekend, the first season of CBC Arts' new film talk show The Filmmakers came to a close, culminating 11 weeks of a CanCon cornucopia both on and off the air. Hosted by Johanna Schneller, each Saturday night the series discussed a notable Canadian film from the past 20 years through expert panels and interviews with the filmmakers themselves, and then CBC aired the film in question.

You can now watch each and every episode here, but if you'd like to be a Filmmakers completist, we're about to lay out all the essays, interviews, panels and fun film lessons (no, seriously, they're actually fun!) CBC Arts put together over the course of the season in one big shiny link guide.

The Filmmakers host Johanna Schneller with Sarah Polley. (Nayani Thiyagarajah)

Expert Panels

On every episode, host Johanna Schneller was joined by a trio of folks with lots to say about the films and filmmakers in question, offering up conversations that ranged from controversial to comical — and everything in between:

The Sweet Hereafter, featuring film programmer and critic Adam Cook, film critic and author Geoff Pevere and filmmaker and actress Stephanie Morgenstern.

Stories We Tell, featuring film critic Eli Glasner, journalist and documentary filmmaker Francine Pelletier and filmmaker and the National Film Board of Canada executive producer Anita Lee.

Last Night, featuring film critic Norm Wilner, artist and CBC radio host Sook-Yin Lee and writer and actor Bob Martin.

Incendies, featuring Radio-Canada writer and producer Helen Faradji, Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey and film producer Niv Fichman.

Double Happiness, featuring actor Samantha Wan, VICE culture writer Amil Niazi and TIFF programmer and film critic Kiva Reardon.

From left: Writer and CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt, host Johanna Schneller, actor and filmmaker Connor Jessup and TIFF progammer Magali Simard. (CBC Arts)

Rebelle (War Witch), featuring writer and actor Rachel Mutombo film critic Marc-André Lussier and musician, activist and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal.

J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), featuring filmmaker Connor Jessup, Toronto International Film Festival programmer Magali Simard and CBC Arts' own Peter Knegt.

Water, featuring filmmaker Rakhi Mutta and film critics Radheyan Simonpillai and Brian D. Johnson.

Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), featuring imagineNATIVE Film & Media Festival executive director Jason Ryle, filmmaker Nyla Innuksuk and filmmaker and songwriter Elisapie Isaac.

Manufactured Landscapes, featuring Art Gallery of Ontario curator Sophie Hackett, author and professor Darrell Varga and scientist, environmentalist and The Nature of Things host David Suzuki

Across The Line, featuring producer and screenwriter Floyd Kane, Prism Prize founder Louis Calabro and filmmaker Cazhhmere.

Sandra Oh in "Last Night." (Alliance )

Personal Essays

To complement the series, CBC Arts decided to ask the panellists themselves to expand on what they said on the show with a personal essay. From the varied perspectives of journalists, actors and filmmakers themselves, here's what they had to say:

The Sweet Hereafter, written by Adam Cook

Stories We Tell, written by Eli Glasner

Last Night, written by Norm Wilner

Incendies, written by Helen Faradji

Double Happiness, written by Samantha Wan

Rebelle (War Witch), written by Rachel Mutombo

J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother), written by Peter Knegt

Water, written by Radheyan Simonpillai

Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), written by Nyla Innuksuk

Manufactured Landscapes, written by Darrell Varga

Atom Egoyan on The Filmmakers. (CBC Arts)

Exclusive Interviews

With all due respect to the panellists, the centrepiece of The Filmmakers had to be the interviews with, well, the filmmakers. From Sarah Polley on steering clear of Hollywood to Xavier Dolan addressing his critics, these are conversations with Canadian filmmakers like you've never seen before:

Atom Egoyan on The Sweet Hereafter

Sarah Polley on Stories We Tell

Don McKellar on Last Night

Mina Shum on Double Happiness

Kim Nguyen on Rebelle (War Witch)

Deepa Mehta on The Filmmakers. (CBC Arts)

Xavier Dolan on J'ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother)

Deepa Metha on Water

Zacharias Kunuk and Natar Ungalaaq on Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)

Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky on Manufactured Landscapes

Director X on Across The Line

Director X on The Filmmakers. (CBC Arts)

Film 101

Led by Exhibitionists host and CBC Arts columnist Amanda Parris, "Film 101" was our weekly segment on The Filmmakers introducing you to key players behind the scenes via some quick and easy lessons. From the key grip to the best boy, take your film set knowledge to the next level.

Film 101: The key grip

Film 101: The executive producer

Film 101: The assistant director

Film 101: The second unit director

Film 101: The art director

Film 101: The steadicam operator

Let Amanda Parris offer you up some film set literacy. (CBC Arts)

Film 101: The foley artist

Film 101: The props master

Film 101: The best boy

Film 101: The gaffer

Film 101: The boom mic operator

And that's a wrap on season one of The Filmmakers. You can watch every episode in full here, and do come back to CBC Arts for film coverage year-round. 


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