Selected Documentary Works

Holy Angels

Arri Alexa Mini / 15 min. / 2017

On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands Angels Residential School, an ominous brick building, built in 1874. Using Holy Angels as a backdrop, filmmaker Jay Cardinal Villeneuve takes us on a healing journey that combines the stories of Elder Lena Wandering Spirit and the dance of Phoenix, a young girl who is the same age now that Lena was during her captivity at Holy Angels.

Beauty: Beyond Binary

Arri Amira / Arri Mini / Red Dragon / 30 min. / 2017

Beauty (Beyond Binary) explores the inner world of five children whose expression of gender doesn’t align with traditional notions of ‘male’ and ‘female’. These are gender creative kids for whom self‐invention is a daily act of authenticity, expressed with alternately joyful, impatient, and anxious disregard for conventional expectations. 

Highway of Tears

Canon 5D / 81 min. / 2014

Since the late 1960s, at least 18 young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the "Highway of Tears," victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers. Narrated by Nathan Fillion, Highway of Tears not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims and their families, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

The Last Pogo Jumps Again

HDV / 212:00 / 2012

A history of the first wave of Toronto punk rock and new wave music, beginning with The Ramones' first appearance in 1976 and continuing until "The Last Pogo" in December, 1978.

The Sandbox: The Creation of Canoe Landing Park

HDV / 46:00 / 2010

This documentary follows renowned Canadian writer/artist Douglas Coupland during his five-year collaboration on the design of Canoe Landing Park in Toronto.

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

HDV / 5:00 / 2009

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide in the United States.

Life in Haiti

HDV / 15:30 / 2007

Haitin life in Port-au-Prince 2007, including the carnival, a Catholic Church ceremony and an up-close-and-personal mystical voodoo ceremony.

On Screen!

DVX100a / 60 min. x 6 eps. (season 1) / 2005

On Screen! is a series of 12 one-hour television programmes documenting the history of Canadian milestone films, from “Goin’ Down the Road” to “Meatballs”, “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravtiz” to “In Praise of Older Women” and "Black Christmas" to "Tales from the Gimli Hospital".