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Dave Greene and his sons on stageDave Greene (right) with Quinn (left) and Kane on stage

On the surface, the Greenes are a fun-loving family of performers. Dave Greene, the father, is an Elvis Tribute Artist. The mom, Roxie Greene, is a writer. Quinn Greene, the eldest son, is an actor, and his little brother Kane Greene is a beat-boxer. But underneath, they have a secret.

The Greenes are fighting an ongoing battle with mental illness. Dave is a hoarder. Kane suffers from anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Roxies long history with unipolar depressive disorder has taken its toll on her body, leaving her on the brink of collapse. Quinn, the family caretaker, sacrifices his own personal ambitions to help the others – particularly Kane, who can barely get out of bed, let alone hold down a job.  

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Quinn is ready to start talking and end the secrecy surrounding his family's mental health. He wants to share their story and start looking at real options for getting help for Kane, whose condition is getting desperate. And he wants to work towards a brighter future for all of them.  But the big question is, can Quinn convince the rest of his family to join him? 

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Being Greene is an intimate, emotionally charged portrait of a family struggling to break free from the clutches of mental illness. This is a film about love, life, legacy, and hope, as the Greene family embarks on a quest to build a better, happier future. 

Credits (Click to expand)

written & directed by
Jeff Newman

Jocelyn Mitchell

executive producer
Jeff Newman

director of photography
Tyler Funk

Randy Frykas

music by
Justin Small & Ohad Benchetrit

script editor
Andy Blicq

production manager
Jocelyn Mitchell

production coordinator
Trevor Kristjanson

production accountant
Colleen Alksnis

additional camera
Jeff Newman
Sam Karney
Andrew Forbes

production assistants
Ian Bawa
Casandra Brescacin

camera assistants
Nicholas Taylor
Philippe Bellefeuille

location sound
Kevin Bacon

post production accounting
Marlene Gurney
Colleen Alksnis

graphic design
Phi Images Inc.

online editor & colourist
Tony Wytinck

sound mixer, closed captioning
Bruce Little

sound editors
Paul Morrow
Bruce Little

descriptive video
Julie Hackett

assistant editors
Calvin Henrion
Matt Onischuk

Paul Popeski LLP

still photographer
Allen Fraser

music supervisor
Amy Fritz

RoseAnna Schick RAS Creative

Pat Garry

interim financing by
Royal Bank of Canada

special thanks

Sara Riel Inc.
The Park Theatre
Andrew Lizotte
Lyall Bausch
Gimli Elvis Festival
Ryan Kelly
David Stewart
Melissa Kajpust
City of Winnipeg
Trevor Cooper
Cameron Tindall
Evan Beloff
Diane Lau
Laurie Meunier

for the CBC

general manager, programming
Sally Catto

executive director, unscripted content
Jennifer Dettman

Senior director, documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

executive in charge of production
Charlotte Engel

director of production, unscripted content
Alexandra Lane

director of finance, unscripted content
Julie Lawlor


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