Courage Films creates documentaries that truly matter. We want to tell stories that inform, inspire, and entertain and kindle a sense of hope in our viewers. It’s a big, beautiful, and complicated world out there and we hope to bring some of the best of it to you.
Universal Music – Platinum Video Award – WINNER
Heksenketel – The Tragically Hip
Heksenketel is a documentary film released on VHS by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It features concert footage and other clips of the band and crew as they travel across Canada from coast to coast during their 1993 tour, Another Roadside Attraction.
MuchMusic Video Award – Best Performance in a Video – WINNER
Poets – The Tragically Hip
“Poets” is a song by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was released in June 1998 as the lead single from their sixth studio album, Phantom Power. The song reached number-one on Canada’s Alternative chart, and stayed number-one for 12 weeks straight, longer than any song in the history of that chart.
CBC – Gemini Award – Best Sports Program – WINNER
The Hockey Nomad
This documentary follows Dave Bidini, a noted Canadian musician and hockey fan, as he travels the globe to unique locations in search of other die-hard hockey fans and the true spirit of the game. He makes his way to the desert of Dubai in the UAE where a beautifully maintained ice rink miraculously rises from the scorching red sands, then on to Romania’s famed Transylvania, where hockey first started in the 1920s after one local caught sight of the game being played on a 10-second newsreel.
CBC – Gemini Award for Best Reality Program – WINNER,
The Chris Award – Columbus International Film and Video Festival – WINNER
Dragons’ Den is a reality television program format in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance from them.
CBC – Gemini Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program – WINNER
Project X – Memory
In this episode of CBC’s Project X – Memory, Dr. Gardy looks at how elite athletes perform dazzling feats, seemingly without effort. She joins a group of British “free runners,” athletes performing the urban street stunts, to explore how muscle memory works. Dr. Fleck and grad student Marc Huot then unearth some surprising news in the classroom:
CBC – The Silver Chris Award – Columbus International Film and Video Festival – WINNER
ONE OCEAN tells the story of the world’s vast interconnected ocean ecosystem. With a wealth of never-before-seen HD footage, the spectacular 4-part series bears witness to underwater volcanoes erupting metres from the camera and discoveries of rare and bizarre life forms.
CTV Discovery – Genie Best Short Documentary Film – WINNER
National Parks Project – Sirmilik
On the eve of Parks Canada’s Centennial, thirteen filmmakers and thirty-nine musicians embark on a historic expedition through thirteen Canadian national parks.
CBC – Canadian Screen Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program – WINNER
Invasion of The Brain Snatchers
Parasites brainwashing their hosts — it sounds like something straight out of science fiction. But this is no horror movie, this is a fascinating, new field of study. From zombie ants to a creature that may be influencing whole human cultures, INVASION OF THE BRAIN SNATCHERS isn’t afraid to dive in
CBC – Canadian Screen Award for Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary – WINNER
The Secret Path is an animated film adaptation of Gord Downie’s album and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel. Working with Downie’s poetry and music, Lemire has created a powerful visual representation of the life of Chanie Wenjack.
CBC – Canadian Screen Award for Best Entertainment Program – WINNER
Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert
The Secret Path: In Concert is a concert film that captures once in a lifetime performances by Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Dave Hamelin (The Stills), and Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene). The film also incorporates elements from the original animated film, as well as intimate backstage moments.
CBC – Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Program – WINNER, CBC – Canadian Screen Award for Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program – WINNER
Finding the Secret Path
Finding the Secret Path is an intimate concert film and documentary that captures Gord Downie, behind the scenes, as he prepares for an emotional and historic Secret Path performance, before the entire Wenjack family, at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, interwoven with footage from the original animated film