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We are a documentary film and video production company
Algonquin Park is one of Canada’s most celebrated wilderness areas. Made famous by Tom Thompson and his contemporaries, the whole idea of a flatwater canoe trip seems to be influenced by the Park. Watch the video.
spirit of the west adventures
This project was proposed to me on very short notice, and before I knew it I was flying out to a remote area off the northwestern coast of Vancouver Island. This area is incredible and certainly left a mark on me. Watch the video.
THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP
This idea came, as most good things do, as a spur of the moment decision. I had always wanted to see the American South, so when my partner Ashley asked me to drive her new car from Vancouver to Toronto with her we opted to take a 10,000 km scenic route instead. Good way to break in a car right?
See the photos and read the story.
A short documentary commissioned for Petawawa’s 150th anniversary celebrations. We spent a week on location filming with everyone from whitewater paddlers to a special forces sniper squadron. Watch the video.
The rivers that flow into the eastern side of James and Hudson Bay have a certain allure to paddlers worldwide. They are very remote yet relatively accessible, they are wild, and their flows can be absolutely massive. Some of this changed when Hydro Quebec began diverting rivers in the area to feed their hydro projects, but much remains the same. Learn More and Watch Film.
NINE RIVERS follows four men on a month-long, thousand kilometre canoe journey through the Canadian shield. Share the hardships and splendor of the North on this journey to Hudson Bay. Learn More and Watch Film.
keepers of the trail
Set for release in 2016, Keepers of the Trail is a film about a traditional winter travel expedition on the frozen headwater of the famed Missinaibi River in Northern Ontario. The film examines the fringe traditional lifestyle and viewers as legendary traveller Garrett Conover passes on the torch to those he inspired. Learn More.
john hartman: the process
COMING SOON! This feature documentary is in the post stage.