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Algonquin College Student Documentaries to Air on WPBS-TV Saturday December 16, 2023

WATERTOWN, NY (December 13, 2023) – WPBS and Algonquin College in Ottawa continue their longtime collaborative partnership with the broadcast of a special program of short documentaries produced by Algonquin College Film and Media Production students. The broadcast, at 10:00 pm on Saturday, December 16th, will feature:

A Table For All A timely documentary about the food scarcity issue currently in Canada, viewed through the eyes of workers and clients of the Kemptville food bank. The documentary showcases the importance of their business and the impact it has on the community while seeing different perspectives on the issue at large.

AI Vs Creativity A documentary following the real people who have been coming to terms with how artificial intelligence has been making an impact in the world of creativity. AI has only gotten more complex and intricate, and in some cases, is becoming so advanced that it’s learning how to do complicated tasks which result in jobs being taken away from people. In this documentary, professors at Algonquin College and people who work with AI, share their thoughts and feelings on artificial intelligence.

All Play No Work: A Story of Dan Sexton Follow Dan Sexton, a 33-year-old man living with special needs who spends part of his year working for Boston Pizza while looking forward to attending Camp Misquah in Ottawa. Through a series of interviews, previously recorded footage of Camp Misquah, and clips of Dan Sexton going about his daily life, it is clear that if we embrace our individuality, we might just be able to live life to the fullest like Dan.

Amanita Muscaria An Ottawa-based documentary about wild Mushrooms and foraging. Created by a team of talented film students at Algonquin College, and headed by enthusiastic Director Maya Copeland, this documentary will show how something as prevalent and innocuous as Fungi can bring people together. 

Beyond the Spotlight Follow the Carleton University Ravens’ Dance Pak through how these dancers train and prepare for their upcoming competitions. Audiences will get a new look into the dance world and the dedication associated with it, along with exciting and impressive routines.

Life Without Sound A documentary about Ben, a deaf young adult and his family. Ben was always curious to know what his family thought about raising a deaf person in their family, so he decided to interview them. Follow along as we examine the difficulty, the challenges and the good moments about this family.

Miranda Magoo A film exploring the life and story of the titular Canadian artist, Miranda Magoo, which delves into her past, present, and potential future in the niche comics scene. Watch a young Canadian artist make her way through the difficult landscape of the current comics scene. She aims to stand out by delivering fun to her audience: fun that they will feel through the screen. The film features countless pieces of artwork by Miranda, both finished and in progress.

Our Fighting Falcons Follow Michael Chiviendacz, a long-time member of the Falcons Motorcycle Club, who has been wronged by law enforcement and the Canadian government. Despite not committing any crimes, the negative and false perception of bikers has led him to lose money, safety, and even access to entire countries. Just because of his biking hobby, he’s labeled a criminal and is punished for it.

Shedding Through the Capital An immersive documentary project that delves deep into the vibrant and diverse skating culture nestled within the heart of Ottawa, Canada. The journey began with Liz’s desire to shine a spotlight on the often overlooked but thriving skating community in Ottawa, really capturing its diversity and seeing unique perspectives.

Two Souls A documentary that goes in depth with a residential school survivor’s story. The film was filmed in Waswanipi – the hometown of PomPom, residential school survivor. The subject of this documentary is very harsh and significant and it forces people who tend to ignore the topic of residential schools to focus on a topic that will make them uncomfortable, but allow more room for education.

About Algonquin College

The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into lifelong success. Algonquin College, an Ontario public sector community college, does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected, experiential learning in more than 200 programs. Based in the Ottawa Valley, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario, with campuses in Ottawa, Perth, Pembroke and AC Online. Visit us at https://www.algonquincollege.com/

About WPBS

WPBS is a PBS station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario via cable, satellite, Internet and over-the-air distribution. WPBS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, inform, and engage its two-nation region with exceptional and trusted content across multiple platforms. Its vision is to be the premier provider of extraordinary public media that instills wonder and curiosity across generations and borders. More information about WPBS, including a full channel listing, is available at wpbstv.org, or by following WPBS on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.