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Join Colin Ellis for this podcast on documentaries and the stories they tell. He'll introduce you to filmmakers who give us fascinating takes on people, perspectives and what it means to be human.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1, 66 Ratings

Join Colin Ellis for this podcast on documentaries and the stories they tell. He'll introduce you to filmmakers who give us fascinating takes on people, perspectives and what it means to be human.

    Ep 13 - The Life and Architecture of Raymond Moriyama

    Ep 13 - The Life and Architecture of Raymond Moriyama

    While you may not know Raymond Moriyama's name, there's a good chance you've been in one of his buildings. The Ontario Science Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the Canadian War Museum are just a few places that he's made his mark on as both architect and visionary. Scott Calbeck's documentary 'Magical Imperfection' looks at Moriyama's life through several events that defined who he is and inspired what he'd create.

    • 26 min
    Bonus episode - When a movie is so bad it's good

    Bonus episode - When a movie is so bad it's good

    Alex West from The Faculty of Horror podcast returns to On Docs to discuss Best Worst Movie, a 2009 documentary about the low-budget film Troll 2. The comedy/horror movie has become a cult classic since its release in 1990, delighting audiences at midnight madness screenings with its poor acting, terrible dialogue and shoddy special effects.

    • 18 min
    Ep. 12 - #onpoli and The Art of the Possible

    Ep. 12 - #onpoli and The Art of the Possible

    For the season finale of On Docs, we bring you TVO's first-ever podcast crossover! John Michael McGrath and Steve Paikin, hosts of the #onpoli podcast, join Colin Ellis to discuss The Art of the Possible, a groundbreaking NFB documentary from 1978. With unprecedented access to Premier Bill Davis and his Progressive Conservative government of the day, director Peter Raymont provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Ontario politics operated.

    • 34 min
    Ep. 11 - The Satanic Temple's fight for religious freedom

    Ep. 11 - The Satanic Temple's fight for religious freedom

    Alex West, author and co-host of The Faculty of Horror podcast, joins host Colin Ellis to discuss Hail Satan?, a documentary by filmmaker Penny Lane. The 2019 film looks at members of the Satanic Temple and its grassroots campaign to defend the separation of church and state. They also discuss misconceptions about Satanists, the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, and the role the devil plays in horror films.

    • 29 min
    Ep. 10 - The importance of Ava DuVernay's 13th

    Ep. 10 - The importance of Ava DuVernay's 13th

    Colin Ellis speaks with Nam Kiwanuka, host of The Agenda in the Summer, about Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th. The 2016 film looks at the rise of mass incarceration in the U.S., from its roots in slavery through the Jim Crow era and beyond. They discuss how racism is still an uncomfortable subject for many to talk about, how racist portrayals of Black people in the media inform the way they're treated by the justice system, and why this problem isn't unique to the United States.

    • 42 min
    Ep. 9 - Taking the temperature of health docs

    Ep. 9 - Taking the temperature of health docs

    Host Colin Ellis welcomes health law researcher Timothy Caulfield to talk about the popularity of food and health documentaries and why people should approach them with a dose of scientific skepticism. Caulfield is the author of "The Science of Celebrity ... Or Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?"

    Credit for clip from The Game Changers: ReFuel Productions/youtube.com

    Credit for clip from What the Health: A.U.M Film & Media/youtube.com

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

ehsizz ,

Great content

This is a throwback to the original leader
AS IT HAPPENS

Hecate1950 ,

Excellent intro

I’ve listened to the first three podcasts and now want to see the films. What a great way to get a taste of things to come and hear the background of each doc from he creators’ point of view and insight into their passions and processes.

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Thoroughly engaging!

Very interesting to get to hear the side of the story from the documentarians directly. Entertaining even if you haven’t seen the documentary being discussed, and if you have seen the titular movie it’s a great follow up listen.

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