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Ryan Sidhoo | 2018

True North (Parts 1- 4)

This riveting docu-series follows 5 of Toronto's young hopefuls as they navigate the pressures and potential stardom of their hoop dreams.

June 15, 2019

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Making the National Basketball Association (NBA) is every young player’s dream, but for Toronto’s hopefuls, it seems the ultimate goal might be just a bit closer to reach.  Next to USA, Canada provides more talent to NBA than anywhere else in the world, and Toronto is at the centre of this boom. The city’s programs and coaches are some of the country’s best, but what does it really take to make the ultimate hoop dream come true?  This slick documentary series follows five of the city’s leading players, including Keone Davis, Malachi Ndur, Cordell Veira, Jalen Celestine and the world’s top-ranked 12 year-old Elijah Fisher.  But as courtside cameras and intimate exchanges reveal, it takes more than athletic ability to navigate their paths to success.  Strong communities, emotional bonds and mental focus don’t happen on the hardwood, but somewhere much deeper.  As fast-paced and as engaging as the game itself, this striking series takes us into the very heart of Toronto’s basketball scene.


Join us immediately after the film screening for The New Locker Room Talk – Healthy Male Community Through Sports, a forum discussion with athletes and thought leaders.
 
In this forum, we dig deeper – in our current world, what are the resources, activities, and community support groups that men can utilize to build healthy communities while working towards a brighter future? How can we as a community reframe the “locker room” talk and build healthier interactions in sports? With input from the filmmakers and athletes from True North, we'll discuss the acountability and actions needed, on and off the court.
 

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Luminato’s 2019 film series is curated in partnership with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. This film has been programmed by Myrocia Watamaniuk, Senior International Programmer, Hot Docs Festival.
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Ryan Sidhoo | 2018

True North (Parts 1- 4)

This riveting docu-series follows 5 of Toronto's young hopefuls as they navigate the pressures and potential stardom of their hoop dreams.

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Performance: Saturday, June 15, 2019
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Guests

Panelist - Ryan Sidhoo
Panelist Ryan Sidhoo
Panelist - Ryan Sidhoo
Panelist
Ryan Sidhoo

As highlighted through the on-screen stories of True North, filmmaker Ryan Sidhoo gravitates toward projects of global relevance, aiming to bring them to life through a personal and local lens. After earning his Masters in Media Studies from The New School, Ryan has directed, developed and produced story-driven documentary content for companies that have included VICE, Participant Media and Viacom. With a penchant for travel, Ryan continues to pursue and develop projects focused on contemporary social issues that bring sport and culture together.


 
Panelist - Yasin Osman
Panelist Yasin Osman
Panelist - Yasin Osman
Panelist
Yasin Osman

Yasin Osman is an award-winning Toronto-based photographer and visual storyteller who specializes in capturing evocative images of the living world. Raised in Regent Park (Toronto, Canada), Osman began to take photos to document his rapidly changing neighbourhood. In 2015, Osman founded #ShootForPeace, a photo mentorship program in Regent Park, blending his background in early childhood education and passions for youth empowerment and photography. The program has received sponsorship from CANON and media coverage from Upworthy, American Photo Mag and CNN. Osman uses photography to showcase stories of perseverance, resilience and community. In 2017 he traveled to Somalia to collaborate with #LoveArmy, a humanitarian organization founded by Jerome Jarre, Casey Neistat, Ben Stiller & Chaka. During Osman’s time in Somalia he collaborated with world renowned artist JR and Osman’s photos were pasted onto multiple water trucks all over the country. Additionally, he has worked with UNICEF, MacLeans Magazine and VICE. Through social media platforms Instagram (45k+) & 500px (195k) Osman has accumulated over 200 thousand followers, and told powerful stories of marginalization, culture and religion.

Panelist - Lebert Veira
Panelist Lebert Veira
Panelist - Lebert Veira
Panelist
Lebert Veira

Father of Cordell Veira and featured in the docu-series True North, Lebert has a rich background in coaching and personal training. 

Panelist - Cordell Veira
Panelist Cordell Veira
Panelist - Cordell Veira
Panelist
Cordell Veira

A central character in the docu-series True North, Cordell attended Toronto Basketball Academy operating out of John Polanyi Collegiate Institute in North York, where he once scored 86 points in a single game. Currently, Cordell is playing basketball at the collegiate level while pursuing a degree in Sports Management. 


 
Moderator - Duane Watson
Moderator Duane Watson
Moderator - Duane Watson
Moderator
Duane Watson

Duane Watson is a writer from Toronto. His unbridled love to tell stories and speak on sports and culture pushed him to put his thoughts to type since 1995. While his own hoop dreams died an early death, his love for the game never waned, as his storytelling evolved to include hosting and producing radio and television content. He has contributed to SLAM, HOOP Magazine, TSN, NBA TV Canada and NBA.com among others. Watson is the commissioner of the Crown League, a summer pro-am basketball series featuring the best NBA, NCAA, high school and pro players across the GTA.

Creative Team

CREATOR AND DIRECTOR
Ryan Sidhoo

PRODUCER
​Shirley Vercruysse

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Shirley Vercruysse

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
John Price

EDITOR
Graham Withers

COMPOSER
Alex Punzalan

SOUND DESIGNER
​John Diemer

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Jennifer Roworth

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Mike Howey

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Wes Machnikowski

RESEARCHER
​Caroline Coutts

COORDINATOR, PRO ATHLETE INTERVIEWS
​Mike Hamilton

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Chris Romeike, Jesse McCracken, Matthew Nauser, Andrew Bissonnette, Mike McLaughlin, James Pace-Cornsilk, Chris Wardle 

SOUND RECORDISTS
Ryan Cox, Nick Davey, Neil Curschman, Benjamin Barton, Dane Kelly, Nathaniel Robinson, Kevin Brown, Mike Kool, Bernie Ozol, Max Hirtenstein, Justin Lacroix, Zach Thorpe

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
Veronika Paz, Kristyn Stilling

©2018 National Film Board of Canada
 

 

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
​Patrick Sue-Chan, Mackie Montgomery, Paul Kim, Marcus Armstrong, Chris Niesing

STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER
​Yasin Osman

RE-RECORDING MIXER
Luc Léger, Geoff Mitchell

SOUND EDITOR
Michelle Hwu, Chris Robison

DIGITAL COLOURIST 
Serge Verreault

GRAPHICS
​Jacknife

VFX
​Bun Lee, Cynthia Ouellet