makin’ movies inc.
Makin’ Movies Inc. is a Toronto based film and television production company with producer/director Maureen Judge at its helm. We produce provocative, award-winning cross platform documentaries and television series. The documentary work ranges from intimate, character-driven stories centered on the family dynamic, to portraits of performance poets and doll collectors, to the Beat subculture and its lasting impression on rock music and the arts. A sense of purpose and a sense of humour are the hallmarks of our productions.
Makin’ Movies, in association with Shaw Media, has just completed Living Dolls, a documentary about the weirdly wonderful world of doll collectors. The film will be broadcast this fall on Global Television (Canada) and Logo TV (United States).
Makin’ Movies’ previous project, Mom’s Home, is a documentary about aging mothers moving in with their middle-age daughters. The film was nominated for two Gemini Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary and the Best Editing in a Documentary. It was commissioned by TVO and Knowledge Network and a portrait film version of one of the mother daughter pairs from Mom’s Home, entitled The August Years of May and Gloria, was acquired by Scotland’s STV.
In a co-production with the NFB, Makin’ Movies produced FLicKeR, the story of Brion Gysin, the Beat artist who invented a drug-free way to achieve altered states of mind — through the dancing pulses of light. The documentary won The Special Jury Prize for Best Canadian Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs Film Festival; Best International Art Film, Era New Horizons Festival, Poland; and was honored by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television with a Gemini Nomination for Best Arts Documentary. FLicKeR has been screened at festivals around the world, had a cross Canada Theatrical Release and aired on Bravo!.
Under Maureen’s direction the company produced the highly acclaimed vérité documentary trilogy on love, betrayal and acceptance in parent and adult child relationships: the Genie Award-winning Unveiled: The Mother Daughter Relationship; In My Parents’ Basement; and the most recent, Mom’s Home.
The company’s series for television include: Family Secrets, the Silver Remi award-winning documentary series commissioned by W Network and sold internationally to Sweden, Hungry, Hong Kong and Israel; and Heart of a Poet , a documentary/performance Canadian poetry series, which was commissioned by Bravo! (Canada) and Book Television and ran for two seasons.