Documentaries

Dino Trails (2017) (5 x 10 min series) (TELUS Optik Local)

See the 5 Part series online here or on TELUS Optik Local’s VOD channel.
Dino Trails reveals the latest dinosaur discoveries in Canada that are making headlines around the world and explains why these locations are famous.

The Prize of the Prize (2016) (45 Minutes) (CBC/CBC Documentary Channel)

“The Price of the Prize” is a new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk about the First Nations fight to end grizzly bear trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. The film follows the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo Xai’xais and Gitga’at First Nations as they enforce their ban on trophy hunting through the presence of Coastal Guardian Watchmen. The documentary also shows how the environmental group the Raincoast Conservation Foundation is purchasing grizzly bear trophy hunting licenses in the Great Bear Rainforest to try to stop the commercial trophy hunt. “The Price of the Prize” gives the viewer unique access to Canada’s First Nations and provides the audience with a breath taking view of many majestic animals that live in the Great Bear Rainforest including grizzly and bear bears and the elusive Spirit Bear.

Ambassadors of the Sky (2016) (45 Minutes) (CBC/CBC Documentary Channel)

“Ambassadors of the Sky” is a new documentary by Brandy Yanchyk about dark skies. It will air on CBC’s Absolutely Canadian and CBC’s Documentary Channel in the summer of 2016.

Star Trails (2016) (5 x 10 min series) (TELUS Optik Local)

From the Aurora Borealis to deep sky photography, see what delights astrophotographers find in the skies of Alberta and British Columbia.

“Star Trails” is a new five part documentary series by filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk. It explores dark sky preserves and star parties in Alberta and British Columbia. The series follows amateur astronomers and astrophotographers who are obsessed with the night sky.

“Star Trails” will air on TELUS Optik Local starting in June 2016. It is made possible with a grant from TELUS Optik Local Community Programming and is available for free on demand on TELUS Optik TV.

Coastal Revival (2016) (5 x 10 mins series ) (TELUS Optik Local)

Meet the people who are using ecotourism to keep British Columbia’s coast alive.

“Coastal Revival” is a new five part documentary series by filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk.
It tells the story of how the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and First Nations are using the power of ecotourism to preserve the majestic animals of British Columbia’s coast. The series will air on TELUS Optik Local starting in May 2016.
“Coastal Revival” is made possible with a grant from TELUS Optik Local Community Programming and is available for free on demand on TELUS Optik TV

Becoming Albertan (2015) (47’30) (Rogers’ OMNI TV) (APP) (Website: BecomingAlbertan.com)

Becoming Albertan” is a travel documentary, APP, website and thirty-two three minute vignettes by filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk which focus on experiences new Canadians and immigrants can have when they come to Alberta.


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Employment Matters Too (2015) (45 minutes) (CBC / CBC Documentary Channel)

Employment Matters Too” is a documentary that discovers how large corporations benefit from hiring employees with intellectual disabilities.
View the promo here: https://vimeo.com/134334215 .
If you live in Canada you can watch “Employment Matters Too” online here.

Employment Matters (2015) (45 minutes) (CBC / CBC Documentary Channel)

Employment Matters” is a documentary that explores the untapped market and huge potential of the intellectually disabled in the workplace.
View the promo here: https://vimeo.com/132354432
If you live in Canada you can watch the documentary on CBC.ca here.

The Working Originals (2015) (6×10 minute series) (TELUS Optik Local)

The Working Originals.
Follow the lives of ten individuals as they share their journey to find meaningful employment and value in their lives.

Click here to see the promo for “The Working Originals”.

“The Working Originals” tells the stories of various individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the challenges they face as they endeavor to find employment and meaning in their lives.

“The Working Originals” is made possible with a grant from TELUS Optik Local Community Programming and is available for free on demand on TELUS Optik TV.

Finding Edge Road (2015) (52 minutes) (CBC Documentary Channel)

“Finding Edge Road” is a documentary about asylum seekers in eastern Finland.
You can watch the promo for the documentary here.

This film explores how the small city of Lieksa in Eastern Finland is dealing with a recent influx of new immigrants from Somalia and Iraq. The newcomers have moved to vacant council apartments on a street called “Edge Road.”

Lieksa’s population is aging and with its high unemployment rate of twenty percent. many locals are concerned that immigrants will take their jobs or live off government benefits. Residents are also concerned about newcomers not integrating into Finnish society and learning the language, a prerequisite for getting a job in Finland.

This change in demographics has caused tensions in the community and led to an increase in racist attacks.

The film explores both points of view showing those who see immigration as a positive force and those who are threatened by it.

Finding Edge Road was shot over three years by Canadian filmmaker Brandy Yanchyk.