(2006 – Sundance Channel, 80’ and 52’)
Is there room for independent retailers in an American landscape littered with big-box corporate chain stores? Husband and wife TV-news veterans Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes set out on an epic, 32-state cross-country road trip to see how independent businesses are faring. Their rules: avoid interstate highways and try to patronize only locally owned establishments. In the process they discover stories of ingenuity, self-reliance, community activism and a growing nationwide opposition to corporate uniformity. This award-winning film has been broadcast and screened around the world, having been hailed by ABC News as “amazing, old-fashioned shoe leather reporting and journalism”. It is available for viewing on multiple OTT platforms.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Independent America: Rising From Ruins
(2009, Super Channel 71’) – feature documentary film that focuses on the crucial role played by independent business during and after Hurricane Katrina.