News

April 21, 2017 - SPACESHIP EARTH screens at DOCS Barcelona (May. 24 & 28).

March 9, 2017 - SPACESHIP EARTH screens at CPH:DOX (March. 19 & 26).

January 27, 2017 - HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHNE screens at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Jan. 27, 28 & 30).

January 24, 2017 - HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHNE wins Best Documentary at the inaugural New York Science Fiction Film Festival.

December 8, 2016 - Michael McMahon joins the editorial committee of The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Stockholm.

November 11, 2016 - HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE screens at DOC NYC.

November 8, 2016 - SPACESHIP EARTH wins the Grand Prix at The International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge, St Petersburg.

March 24, 2016 - HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE selected to screen at Hot Docs.

March 1, 2016 - SPACESHIP EARTH selected as a Special Presentation at Hot Docs.

June 19, 2015 - POLAR SEA 360 wins the prestigous Grimme Online Award for Culture and Entertainment!

June 3, 2015 - Primitive Entertainment is recognized as an OMDC Success Story.

May 25, 2015 - Kevin McMahon takes part in The Walrus Talks Water, a lively panel on the impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society produced by The Walrus Foundation.

May 5, 2015 - THE POLAR SEA nominated for the 2015 Grimme-Preis Online Award for Culture and Entertainment!.

January 28, 2015 - Primitive Entertainment and The Polar Sea team are honoured to have U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce and Vicki Heyman kick off their ‪#‎OurSharedArctic‬ dialogue initiative with a screening, University of Ottawa event and dinner at the Ambassador's residence in honour of the project.

December 1, 2014 - THE POLAR SEA premieres on ARTE in Germany and France; TVO amd Knowledge Network in Canada.

November 9, 2014 - Join Kevin McMahon for a preview and discussion of THE POLAR SEA at Planet In Focus Film Festival.

April 5, 2012 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT nominated for a Rockie Award in the category Cross Platform Project - Non Fiction Programs at the Banff World Media Festival.

March 8, 2012 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT: SIRMILIK wins Best Short Documentary at the 32nd annual Genie Awards.

February 27, 2012 - Cinematographer John Minh Tran nominated for the Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Cinematography for his work on Kevin McMahon's film STANDING WAVE, part of THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT collection of short films.

January 28, 2012 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT INTERACTIVE nominated for a SXSW Interactive Award in the category Art.

January 17, 2012 - BEAUTY DAY nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary at the 32nd annual Genie Awards.

January 17, 2012 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT: SIRMILIK nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 32nd annual Genie Awards.

November 14, 2011 - CANADIAN MADE wins Platinum (Animation) and Gold (Use Of Effects) at the Pixie Awards.

November 4, 2011 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT nominated for Best In Cross Platform: Factual at the Digi Awards.

October 27, 2011 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT nominated for Best Limited Series at the International Documentary Association Awards.

October 24, 2011 - BEAUTY DAY wins Best Documentary at the Flyway Film Festival.

October 12, 2011 - KEVIN McMAHON awarded the 2011 Canadian Eco Hero Award at the Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.

October 5, 2011 - FilmCAN and Primitive Entertainment’s NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT wins Bronze, Transmedia at the inaugural AToMIC Awards.

September 22, 2011 - Celebrated Filmmaker Kevin McMahon Receives Canadian Eco Hero Award. Filmmaker and writer Kevin McMahon will receive the 2011 Canadian Eco Hero Award for his work in raising environmental awareness and exploring environmental issues and stories through film. For more than 30 years, Kevin has been exploring humankind's relationship to the natural world, earning various awards including several Geminis and, this year, the Earth Grand Prix from the Tokyo International Film Festival.

August 31, 2011 - Primitive Entertainment and FilmCAN win the Gemini Award for Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series for THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT.

August 3, 2011 - Primitive Entertainment & FilmCAN nominated for two Gemini Awards for THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT in the categories of Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series and Best Cross-Platform Project - Non-Fiction.

March 22, 2011 - Alan Zweig is the subject of this year's FOCUS ON retrospective at Hot Docs. Three of Alan's feature documentaries produced by Priimitive Entertainment, I, CURMUDGEON; LOVABLE; and A HARD NAME, will screen as part of the programme.

March 22, 2011 - BEAUTY DAY and THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT make their Canadian premiere at Hot Docs.

March 20, 2011 - BEAUTY DAY makes its world premiere at The Museum of Modern Art.

March 18, 2011 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT makes its US premiere at SXSW.

February 10, 2011 - THE NATIONAL PARKS PROJECT: SIRMILIK makes its world premiere at The Berlin Film Festival.

October 29, 2010 - WATERLIFE wins the Toyota Earth Grand Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, 2010

August 25, 2010 - WATERLIFE nominated for Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media - Non-Fiction at the 2010 Gemini Awards.

August 25, 2010 - ANCESTORS IN THE ATTIC nominated for Best Direction in a Documentary Series at the 2010 Gemini Awards.

July 15, 2010 - FOUR WINGS AND A PRAYER (a.k.a THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF THE BUTTERFLIES) nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Nature Programming.

April 23, 2010 - WATERLIFE wins the 2010 Webby Award in the category of Documentary, Single Episode. See the WATERLIFE web site.

April 12, 2010 - A HARD NAME wins the Genie Award for Best Feature Length Documentary .

March 27, 2010 - John Minh Tran wins the Canadian Society of Cinematographer's Award for Best Documentary Cinematography for WATERLIFE.

March 14, 2010 - WATERLIFE wins the 2010 SXSW Web Award in the category of Activism (Green and Non-profit websites that are striving to make the world a better place).

March 1, 2010 - A HARD NAME nominated for a Genie Award in the Best Feature Length Documentary category.

February 1st, 2010 - WATERLIFE wins the City of Karlsruhe Prize (for best educational, social or science multimedia product) at BakaFORUM 2010.

December 1st, 2009 - WATERLIFE wins Best Cross-Platform Project at the Canadian New Media Awards. This category recognizes excellence in interactive enhancement of a television property on digital platforms.

November 11th, 2009 - WATERLIFE wins Best Of Show at the Digital Marketing Awards. The site also won a Gold in the Entertainment, Arts & Tourism category.

August 25th, 2009 - ANCESTORS IN THE ATTIC nominated for a Gemini in the Best Documentary Series category.

July 15th, 2009 - WATERLIFE selected to screen at Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan.

May 8, 2009 - WATERLIFE wins the Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature at Hot Docs.

May 8, 2009 - A HARD NAME - Top Ten Audience Favourite at Hot Docs, and a finalist for the Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature.

December 18, 2008 - Primitive Entertainment garners two CFTPA Indie Award nominations from the Candadian Film and Television Producers Association.

August 26, 2008 - Primitive Entertainment garners seven Gemini nominations.

June 9, 2008 - FOUR WINGS AND A PRAYER wins the Rockie Award for Best Wildlife and Natural History Program and the Banff World Television Festival.

Press

'How to Build a Time Machine': Film Review
by John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter | December 8, 2016

The Polar Sea is an epic, educational documentary series on the Northwest Passage
by Martin Knelman
The Toronto Star | November 30, 2014

The Polar Sea: You can watch, binge and surf
The Toronto Star | November 30, 2014

TVO's The Polar Sea Breaks All Boundaries
by James Bawden
Blogspot | November 28, 2014

Arte makes VR move with Polar Sea 360
by Pascale Paoli-Lebailly
Television Business International | November 14, 2014

Documentaries May Be Cool, But They Aren't Making Money
by Kevin McMahon
The Huffington Post | May 3, 2014

The case for making the documentary Canada’s official art form
by Kevin McMahon
The National Post | May 5, 2012

In the Works: HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE
by Basil Tsiokos | what (not) to doc | March 9, 2012

National Parks Project wins at inaugural AToMiC awards
By Katie Bailey | Playback Online | October 5, 2011

Planet in Focus honors Kevin McMahon with Canadian Eco Hero prize
By Kelly Anderson | Realscreen | September 22, 2011

Gemini Awards honour best in news, sports, lifestyle & reality TV
The National Post | August 30, 2011

The Original Jackass
By Lucy Meyer | The Sydney Morning Herald | August 12, 2011

The original Jackass: Cap'n Video
By Melissa Leong | The National Post | June 9, 2011

Cap'n Video HIts the Silver Screen
By John Law | The Niagara Falls Review | June 8, 2011

The National Parks Project: Wildlife and wild music
By Guy Dixon | The Globe and Mail | May 20, 2011

The Rise and Fall of Cap'n Video
By Joel Rubinoff | The Record.com | May 5, 2011

Beauty Day - Directed by Jay Cheel
By Will Sloan | exclaim.ca | May 3, 2011

Alan Zweig, The Man in the Mirror
By Geoff Pevere | The Toronto Star | April 29, 2011

Hot Docs Preview - Beauty Day
By Blake Williams | blog TO | April 18, 2011

Homegrown Canuck culture invades MoMA
By Peter Goddard | The Toronto Star | March 18, 2011

Awards

A Hard Name
Best Feature Length Documentary - Genie Awards, 2009
Top Ten Audience Favourite - Hot Docs, 2009
Finalist - Special Jury Prize, Canadian Feature- Hot Docs, 2009

Ancestors in the Attic
Nominated: Best Direction in a Documentary Series - Gemini Awards, 2010
Nominated: Best Documentary Series - Gemini Awards, 2009
Nominated: Best Documentary Series - CFTPA Indie Awards, 2008
Nominated: Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series - Gemini Awards, 2008
Nominated: Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series - Gemini Awards, 2008

A Perfect Fake
The Silver Plaque - Chicago International Television Awards, 2005
Nomination: Golden Sheaf Award, Documentary Arts/Culture
Yorkton Short Film and Video Awards, 2005

Beauty Day
Best Documentary - Flyway Film Festival, 2011
Nomination: Best Feature Length Documentary - Genie Awards, 2012

Canadian Made
Platimun Award (Animation) - Pixie Awards, 2011
Gold Award (Use Of Effects) - Pixie Awards, 2011

Cod: The Fish That Changed The World
Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series - Gemini Awards 2001
Bronze Plaque - Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2001

Four Wings and a Prayer
Nominated: Outstanding Nature Programming - Emmy Awards, 2010
Best Wildlife and Natural History Program - Banff World Television Festival, 2008
Special Jury Award - WorldFest Houston, 2008
Grand Prize - Pariscience Film Festival, 2007
Jules Verne Nature Award - Jules Verne Film Festival, 2007
Nominated: Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program - Gemini Awards, 2008
Nominated: Best Direction in a Documentary Program - Gemini Awards, 2008
Nominated: Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series - Gemini Awards, 2008

How To Build A Time Machine
Student Jury Award, InScience Dutch International Science Film Festival, 2016
Best Documentary, New York Sci Fi Film Fest, 2017

I, Curmudgeon
The Silver Hugo - Chicago International Television Awards, 2005
Honorary Mention - Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, 2005

Intelligence
Nominated: Best Direction in a Documentary - Gemini Awards, 1998
Nominated: Best Feature Length Documentary - Hot Docs, 1998
Honourable Mention - Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 1998

In the Reign of Twilight
Nomination: Best Documentary Feature - Hot Docs, 1995
Finalist - New York Festivals, 1996
Bronze Plaque - Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 1996
Finalist - International Wildlife Film Festival, 1997
Merit Award for Comprehensive Portrayal of Native People versus Global Turmoil - International Wildlife Film Festival, 1997
Merit Award for the Creative use of Archival Material - International Wildlife Film Festival, 1997

Lovable
Nominated: Best Biography Documentary Program - Gemini Awards, 2008

McLuhan's Wake
Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series - Gemini Award, 2003
2003 John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology - The Media Ecology Association
The Chris Award - Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2002

Spaceship Earth
Grand Prix, International Science Film Festival, St Petersburg, 2017

Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii
Gold Ribbon Award - Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Aboriginal Programming, 2006
Grand Prix Rigoberta Menchu - Montreal First People's Festival, 2005
Best Direction in a Documentary Program - Gemini Awards, 2005
Best History Documentary Program - Gemini Awards, 2005

The Face of Victory
Two Special Jury Remi Awards - WorldFest Houston, 2006

The Falls
Nomination: Best Feature Length Documentary - Genie Awards, 1991
Finalist - Earth Peace International Film Festival, 1991
Finalist - Documentary Feature Films, Worldfest Houston, 1992

The National Parks Project
Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series - Gemini Awards, 2011
Nomination: Best Cross-Platform Project - Non-Fiction - Gemini Awards, 2011
Bronze Award, Transmedia - AToMIC Awards, 2011
Nomination: Best Limited Series - International Documentary Association Awards, 2011
Nomination: Best In Cross Platform, Factual - Digi Awards, 2011
Best Short Documentary (Sirmilik) - Genie Awards, 2011
Nomination: SXSW Interactive Award, Art, 2012
Nomination: Cross Platform Project, Non Fiction Program - Rockie Awards, 2012

The Polar Sea
Grimme Online Award in Culture and Entertainment - Grimme Awards, 2015

The Team
Honourable Mention - Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 2001

Things That Move
Gold Award, Opening Title Animation - WorldFest Houston, 2006

Waterlife
Toyota Earth Grand Prize, Tokyo International Film Festival, 2010
Webby Award, Documentary: Individual Episode, 2010
SXSW Interactive Award, Activisim, 2010
BaKaFORUM, Youth Jury Prize, 2010
The FWA, Site of the Day, June 24, 2010
Selected: Communication Arts Interactive Annual, 2010
Nomination: Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media - Non-Fiction - Gemini Awards, 2010
Adobe Site of the Day, 2009
Special Jury Prize, Canadian Feature - Hot Docs, 2009
Best Cross Platform Project - Canadian New Media Awards, 2009
Best Of Show - Digital Marketing Awards, 2009
Gold, Entertainment, Arts & Tourism, Digital Marketing Awards, 2009

Working Over Time
Nominated: Best Documentary Series - CFTPA Indie Award, 2008
Nominated: Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series - Gemini Awards, 2000

Festivals

A Hard Name
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2009
Rendezvous With Madness, 2009
Hot Docs - Focus On Retrospective, Alan Zweig, 2011

A Perfect Fake
Bergen International Film Festival, 2005
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2005
Sydney Film Festival, 2005
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2005

Beauty Day
Canadian Front, MoMA, 2011
Philadelphia Cinefest, 2011
Hot Docs, 2011
Open Roof - Toronto, 2011
Canada Days Film Festival - Waterloo, 2011
Gimli Film Festival - Gimli, 2011
Just For Laughs Film Festival - Montréal, 2011
Possible Worlds - Sydney's Canadian Film Festival, 2011
Rooftop Films - Philadelphia, 2011
Dark Bridges Film Festival - Saskatoon, 2011
Bergen International Film Festival, 2011
Zurich Film Festival, 2011
Flyway Film Festival, Stockholm, WI, 2011
Yukon Film Society, 2012
Salem Film Fest, 2012
Byron Bay Film Festival, 2012
Crossroads Film Festival - Jacksonville, Mississippi, 2012
Portugal Underground Film Festival, 2012

How To Build A Time Machine
DOXA, 2016
Niagara Integrated Film Fest, 2016
SF Doc Fest, 2016
AFI Docs, 2016
Gimli Film Festival, 2016
The Block Film Festival / Logan Film Festival, 2016
Flyway Film Festival, 2016
InScience, 2016
DOC NYC, 2016
Singapore International Film Fest, 2016
New York Sci Fi Film Festival, 2017
Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2017

I, Curmudgeon
Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, 2005
Brisbane International Film Festival, 2005
Jacksonville Film Festival, 2005
Newport Beach Film Festival, 2005
Cinequest Film Festival, Silicon Valley 2005
Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, 2005
San Francisco Independent Film Festival, 2005
Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, 2005
Sarasota Film Festival, 2005
Get Real Documentary Film Festival, Minneapolis, 2004
Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, 2004
Calgary International Film Festival, 2004
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2004
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2004
Hot Docs - Focus On Retrospective, Alan Zweig, 2011

Intelligence
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 1998
Hot Docs - Focus On Retrospective, Kevin McMahon, 2007

In The Reign of Twilight
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 1995
International Wildlife Film Festival, 1997
The Far North Film Festival, 1998
Hot Docs - Focus On Retrospective, Kevin McMahon, 2007

Lovable
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2007
Hot Docs - Focus On Retrospective, Alan Zweig, 2011

McLuhan's Wake
Input, Aarhus Denmark, 2003
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2002
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2002
The Museum of Television and Radio Documentary Festival, New York, 2002
Hot Docs - Focus On Retrospective, Kevin McMahon, 2007

Spaceship Earth
Hot Docs, 2016
Gimli Film Festival, 2016
Atlantic Film Festival, 2016
Bergen International Film Festival, 2016
Wildlife Film Festival, 2016
International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge, 2017

The Falls
Toronto International Film Festival, 1991
Semana Interacional de cine de valladolid Espana, 1991
Earth Peace International Film Festival, 1991
Taejon World Exposition, Korea, 1993
Hot Docs - Focus On Retrospective, Kevin McMahon, 2007

The National Parks Project
Berlinale, 2011
SXSW, 2011
Hot Docs, 2011
Doxa, 2011
Possible Worlds - Sydney's Canadian Film Festival, 2011
Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2011
Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival, 2011
Festival du Nouveau Cinema, 2011
Open Roof - Toronto, 2011
ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, 2011
Adventure Travel Festival - Peterborough & Lindsay, ON, 2011
Festival of Moving Media - Guelph, 2011
Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival, 2011
Fickerfest - Sydney, Australia, 2012
Canadian Front, MoMA, 2012
San Francisco Green Film Festival, 2012
Kingston Canadian Film Festival, 2012
Tempere Film Festival - Finland, 2012
Les Nuits en Or Panorama - UNESCO (Paris), 2012
Winnipeg Film Group Cinematheque - Winnipeg, 2012
Junction Music and Arts Festival - Yukon, 2012
Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea, 2013

The Polar Sea
Planet In Focus Film Festival, 2014

Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii
Munich International Documentary Film Festival, 2005
American Indian Film Fesitval, San Francisco, 2005

Waterlife
Traverse City Film Festival, 2009
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2009
Syracuse Documentary Film Festival, 2009
DOXA Documentary Film Festival, 2009
Posible Worlds - Sydney's Canadian Film Festival, 2009
Milwaukee Film Festival, 2009
Agua es Vida, Soria, Spain, 2009
DocFest Stratford, 2009
Midland Film Series, Midland, ON, 2009
Reel on the River, Mission, BC, 2009
Elmvale Community Film Festival, 2009
Yukon Film Society, Whitehorse, 2009
Barrie Film Festival, 2009
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, Calgary, 2009
Movies at the Meek, West Vancouver, 2009
Fundy Film, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, 2009
World Community Film Festival, Vancouver, 2009
Aboriginal Law Students’ Association, University of Ottawa, 2009
First Nations Water Symposium, Niagara Falls, 2009
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa, 2009
Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, 2009
Environmental Film Fesitval, Washington D.C., 2010
Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival, 2010
Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea, 2010
Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Midland MI, 2010
Environment Film Festival SEMBRANDO CINE, Lima, Peru, 2010
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Film Festival, 2010
Sarnia Justice Film Festival, 2010
Be The Change Film Festival, 2010
Lago Film Festival, Italy, 2010
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington D.C, 2010
Aquafest, Grand Bend, Ontario, 2010
Tokyo International Film Festival, 2010