(2020 – TVO, 60’)
Margin of Error
is a feature documentary that followsPolly” as she sets out to predict the results of the 2019 Canadian Federal election. Polly is an artificial intelligence algorithm that builds representative samples in the range of 250,000 people by “scrapping” publicly available social media feeds and makes predictions without ever asking anyone what they think. Polly’s track record is impressive, calling Brexit, Trump’s election and Trudeau’s first victory with uncanny accuracy. But how does it really work? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? And what are the larger ramifications for our privacy?

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Political Blind Date

(2017 - present) (TVO, 24x30) – This hit original documentary series and format seeks to see what happens when you send two politicians from opposite ends of the spectrum out on “blind dates” based around an issue they disagree on.

Intervention Canada

(2011 - present) – (A&E and Blue Ant Media, 67x1) Based on the Emmy Award winning A&E series Intervention, this documentary series seeks to intervene and help those trapped in a deadly cycle of addiction.

Margin of Error

(2020 – TVO, 60’) feature documentary in post-production that follows Ottawa-based company Advanced Symbolics, Inc. which uses an artificial intelligence algorithm they call “Polly” to scrape social media platforms and predict election outcomes more accurately than traditional pollsters.

Cracked Not Broken

(2007 – HBO, 52’) this feature documentary is a searing portrait of a crack addicted prostitute from the “right side of town”.

Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop

(2006- Sundance Channel, 80’ and 52’) feature documentary for Sundance Channel, tackles the subject of the assault of big box corporate America on independent business, through the eyes of Emmy Award winning former NBC foreign correspondent Hanson Hosein and his journalist wife Heather Hughes.

Pure Intentions

(2012 - CBC/Doc Channel, 70’) – feature documentary which looks at the challenges encountered by a high profile first world philanthropist as he tries to deal with the reality of post apartheid education in South Africa.

Black Nation

(2009 – SVT and The Swedish Film Institute, 80’ and 52’) theatrical feature documentary takes a hard look at the state of black manhood in America, through the prism of the streets of Detroit past and present and that city’s controversial Church of the Black Madonna.