Manitoba Delegation Attending Sunny Side of the Doc

June 11, 2015

Six companies — diverse portfolios — one goal: shine the light on factual production in Manitoba, Canada.
Looking for opportunities to meet with potential co-production partners, broadcasters and distributors from around the globe, the delegation includes Krahn Communications, Electric Monk Media, Picnic Communications Inc., Totem Studios, Prairie Boy Productions and Merit Motion Pictures and is led by executive director, Nicole Matiation.

Leona Krahn, Producer
Leona Krahn is the executive producer of Krahn Communications Inc. Over the past 15 years Krahn Communications Inc. has produced a mix of documentary (both short and feature-length), dramatic short and corporate video. They have screened on CBC Newsworld, WTN, CTV, national CBC and MTS Stories from Home as well as internationally. Their productions have been recognized with multiple awards and nominations, including a U.S. FREDDIE nomination honouring the best in Medical and Health Productions, several Golden Sheaf, Blizzard Award nominations, as well as awards from the New York Festivals and Worldfest Houston.

Merit Jensen-Carr, Producer
Merit Jensen Carr is an award-winning producer of high-end factual series, feature documentaries, blue chip natural history , and documentary specials. Recent recipient of the HOT DOCS Don Haig Award for producing, Merit has built her boutique company, Merit Motion Pictures, into a transmedia production powerhouse specializing in innovative story telling aimed at international audiences. Merit is currently in post-production on Polar Bear Town, a 12 x 1/2hr and 6 x 1hr series for OLN (Canada) and Smithsonian (US) in partnership with Earth Touch USA . Polar Bear Town reveals the remarkable relationship that exists between the polar bears and the people of Churchill, Canada. For over the past 25 years Merit Motion Pictures has produced a long list of highly acclaimed programs including the transmedia One Ocean series co-produced with CBC’s The Nature of Things and National Geographic International, Smarty Plants (CBC, PBS Nature), and the multi award-winning festival hit, TuTuMUCH.

Orlando Braun, Producer
Orlando Braun is an award-winning Canadian Filmmaker for film & television, and founder of Prairie Boy Productions. He received a Masters of Fine Arts in Producing from the New York Film Academy in Universal Studios, California. Orlando has worked in New York and Los Angeles with industry professionals such as Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film, Manage-Ment [Garden State], Platinum Studios [Cowboys & Aliens] and Film Independent [Spirit Awards, LA Film Festival]. His short films War Bride and 725 premiered at the 2013 Festival de Cannes in the Short Film Corner followed by multiple official selections in other festivals and winning awards. His 30 minute TV documentary Graffiti Stories was the first film produced under the Prairie Boy Productions banner and was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards 2015 Diversity Award and won the Award of Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2015 Canada International Film Festival.

Pascal Boutroy, Independent Filmmaker
Pascal Boutroy originally from Paris, France, is an independent scriptwriter and director based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Writing in both French and English, he has been working in film and television production, for the past 12 years. Since the year 2000, he has written and directed several documentary series on topics ranging from history to literature and music to geography and human biology for both general and young audiences. More recently, he has delved into fiction, developing several feature films projects, in French (with Rivard Productions and Christal Films) and in English (with Buffalo Gal Pictures, Inferno Pictures). Previous to working in film and television, Pascal studied in Paris and Montréal, worked for a film-related NGO and wrote critiques for film magazines. In 1996, he co-created an international film festival for children in Winnipeg:, Freeze Frame.

Steve Payne, Producer
Stephen J. Payne has been making films and working in the media industry for over two decades primarily as a writer/producer/director. He has won awards at festivals in Houston, Texas, New Jersey and Yorkton, Saskatchewan.Steve started making films back in the mid 1980’s on 16mm film stock selling his short projects to the National Film Board and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. One of his releases entitled Two Singing Boys was in wide distribution and picked up several awards when it was released in 1985. He also spent time working on major commercial films such as “A Christmas Story” and “The Killing Fields”. He has taught Screenwriting and Digital Media Production at Red River College where he was also responsible for developing media curriculum. “Ice Wars” is the pilot for a series on aboriginal commercial ice fishing set in Manitoba, Canada. Steve currently is CEO of Totem Studios a full service production house in Manitoba.

Michael Sanders, Producer
Michael Sanders is a producer, director, editor and
cinematographer with over 10 years of experience with factual and narrative projects. His most recent film Men With Beards had a limited theatrical release across Canada and the USA where it garnered good reviews and a strong following of beard lovers. Electric Monk Media, a film and interactive company, shares original stories through film and new media. Our experience in film-making informs our approach to new media. Our experience in interactive mediums has changed how we look to make films. Based in Winnipeg, MB, Canada our team is focused on work that blends a clever mix of film, game, and interactive elements to tell stories and engage audiences around the world.


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