Four filmmakers on board for CFC doc lab

Canadian filmmakers Barry Greenwald, Charles Officer, Su Rynard and Jody Shapiro have landed berths on the Canadian Film Centre/National Film Board Documentary Program.
Charles Officer

Canadian filmmakers Barry Greenwald, Charles Officer (pictured), Su Rynard and Jody Shapiro have landed berths on the Canadian Film Centre/National Film Board Documentary Program.

The second edition of the feature documentary lab will see the quartet develop films while in residency at the Canadian Film Centre.

Barry Greenwald will work on Four Funerals and a Filmmaker, a documentary about how people say goodbye to those they loved and lost, while Charles Officer will develop Nehanda, a portrait of Nehanda Isoke Abiodun, an American political activist and fugitive from U.S. justice who has lived in exile in Cuba for 28 years.

Also in the works at the doc lab is Rynard’s Songbirds SOS, an investigation into the decline of migratory songbirds worldwide, while Shapiro will develop MARS, a 3D exploration about the red planet.

“These four filmmakers and their projects represent experience, vision, extreme commitment and deep passion,” CFC executive director Slawko Klymkiw said in a statement.

The CFC/NFB documentary lab is the latest bid by the Toronto-based advanced training center to boost the careers of Canadian film, TV and new media professionals through their participation in content labs and incubators.