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CHALLENGE: THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
CFTA Award for BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION
Directed with a sure hand by Peter Shatalow and edited with dramatic precision, Challenge is a considerable success by any standards.
Some of the footage is nothing short of wonderful: a. climber's boot digs into a wall of ice with a resonant, slow-motion thump and the sound of the climber's breathing is hypnotic in effect, reminiscent of Raging Bull's visceral fight scenes. Shatalow's consistently meticulous direction lends an anticipatory excitement to even minor scenes: the unloading of kayaks from the belly of a plane and a climber sharpening his ice axe become moments of remarkable tension. In the hands of a less graceful director, scenes such as three skiers
swooping through an expanse of powder snow would be rife for the cliches of travelogues. But Challenge captures the wildness
of the Rockies and the spirit of the people who rest themselves against them." MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE

HEART OF GOLD
A three-hour CBC special Heart of Gold, emerges as a major achievement. It is a richly nostalgic and comprehensive documentary
dazzling to look at and listen to, a must for anyone with the undernourished collective - ego of the average Canadian . Heart of Gold,
two years in the making, and narrated with great affection by Donald Sutherland says we do indeed have some thing to crow about.
……directed with great pizzazz by Peter Shatalow, it reaches, from the '50s to the present and is a grabber right from the start,
when two balding, bespectacled sorts reveal themselves as former members of The Diamonds and are still capable of a
spirited rendition of Little Darlin. STARWEEK

BLACK ICE
Black Ice is constructed by using a series of almost impressionistic imagery. Its iceboating theme is rendered in a highly subjective manner. The filmmakers have chosen their material primarily for its emotional content, rather than for its explicitly realistic or factual detail. With surprising effectiveness, they have managed to apply both dramatic and documentary principles to their material - a technique which allows them not only to record the actual events of an iceboating experience, but also to engage the viewer on a far deeper emotional level, to give him an almost visceral comprehension of such an experience. The emotional appeal of Black Ice is achieved by fully exploiting the space and movement intrinsic in the chosen material. The effect is increased by the momentum of Peter Shatalow's superb editing, and by the use of an intriguing technique which could be termed 'heigtened' sound. Black Ice becomes a film that is not only beautiful to watch, but to experience as well. CINEMA CANADA

WILD BILL LISHMAN
Best known as the man who took to the air with his Canada geese and inspired the movie Fly Away Home, Bill Lishman turns out to be a lifelong original with a gift for outlandish acts. His attention-grabbing eccentricities have included scrapheap sculptures, a lunar module and a frozen tribute to Stonehenge made of ice slabs that melted after four days. But it was his fascination with flight that made the dyslexic boy who failed Grade 1 a Hollywood hero. Globe & Mail

BLUE CITY SLAMMERS - 3 Genies Nominations
Blue City Slammers is a sort of contemporary Midsummer Night's Dream, set in a small southern Ontario town. Directed by Peter Shatalow, the film follows several members of a women's softball team, the Blue City Slammers, through a long, hot night of misunderstandings with their husbands and lovers. Cooled by many cans of beer and the occasional dip in a local quarry pond, the couples create the kind of gently affectionate comedy more associated with European than North American film-makers. ... it becomes almost impossible to resist the down-home charisma of its characters, particularly the fetching Kim (Tracy Cunningham) and Butter (Eric Keenleyside), a dedicated beer-swiller so quintessentially Canadian that he makes the McKenzie Brothers seem like foreigners. Blue City Slammers evokes a strong sense of locale the feeling that its characters could never have developed quite the same bends and wrinkles in, any other place. Many a flashier film has failed to do as much.MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE

FLIGHT OF THE WHOOPING CRANE - CBC Nature of Things
Winner Japanese International Wildlife Film Festival Columbus International Film Festival The true-to-life story of Bill Lishman,
the man who taught geese to fly with his ultra-light aircraft. The film documents a fifteen year struggle by Lishman and Operation Migration, to refine the migration techniques and to gain acceptability in the scientific community, with hopes of teaching the endangered Whooping Crane new migration routes to help save the species. The film chronicles the first ultra-light led migration of Whooping Cranes.

BRING BACK THE SALMON
“Wow this is fantastic! The footage is incredible. You have made such a wonderful film. The film touches on several subject areas connected to the intermediate curriculum. It is a great way to launch discussions with students in History with regard to First Nations relations with settlers; in Geography with regard to human settlement and sustainability; as well as Science in terms of our interactions with the environment and water systems. Hopefully it will inspire teachers and students to get outside and engage the natural world.”
Alison Ellwood - Vimy Ridge Public School