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True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball

Ryan Sidhoo
2018 | Nine-Part Documentary Series

Selections and Awards

  • Official NomineeBanff World Media Festival - Rockie Awards 2019

  • 2019 People's Voice / Webby Award Winner (Video/sport)Webby Awards 2019


Short Synopsis

Episodes

Trailer

Clips

Images

Yasin Osman
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Elijah Fisher
Yasin Osman
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Elijah Fisher with friends and family
Yasin Osman
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Elijah Fisher at practice
Yasin Osman
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Elijah Fisher with dad Rohan
Yasin Osman
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Elijah Fisher with dad Rohan
Yasin Osman
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Elijah Fisher
Yasin Osman
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Elijah Fisher wth brother Daniel
Yasin Osman
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Yasin Osman
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Yasin Osman
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Keone Davis with his mother Donna
Yasin Osman
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Keone Davis with his mother Donna
Yasin Osman
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Keone Davis with his mother Donna
Yasin Osman
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Yasin Osman
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Yasin Osman
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Cordell Veira
Yasin Osman
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Cordell Veira
Yasin Osman
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Cordell Veira
Yasin Osman
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Cordell Veira
Yasin Osman
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Cordell Veira and brother Quinlan
Yasin Osman
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Family photos in the Veira house
Yasin Osman
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Cordell Veira with mother Gayle
Yasin Osman
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Jalen Celestine
Yasin Osman
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Jalen Celestine
Yasin Osman
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Jalen Celestine with sister Jade
Yasin Osman
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Jalen Celestine
Yasin Osman
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Jalen Celestine with family: mother Earlene, father Curtis, sister Jade
Yasin Osman
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Yasin Osman
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Yasin Osman
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Malachi Ndur with his mother Angela
Yasin Osman
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Team


Ryan Sidhoo
Director/Creator
Biography
Photo
Photo : Yasin Osman


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 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, Pulse Films and Viacom. In 2014, he created and executive produced Welcome to Fairfax, a 10 part docu-series that aired for Participant Media.

True North is Ryan’s first collaboration with The National Film Board of Canada. With a penchant for travel, Ryan continues to pursue and develop projects focused on contemporary social issues that bring sport and culture together.


Graham Withers
Editor
Biography
Photo


Graham Withers

The greatest gift of being a documentary editor is spending everyday at the intersection of deeply personal and wonderfully universal stories. On features and series, Graham has crafted engaging, entertaining and challenging stories of all stripes.  He holds the trust of directors to tell a compelling tale and the trust of their subjects to tell an honest one dear.  2018 has seen him nominated for a CSA for editing in a factual series for Viceland’s Payday, feature doc Transformer screening and winning awards at festivals, the launch of an exciting documentary series True North by the National Film Board;  Graham’s currently cutting his first true crime doc series for Viceland US.


Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : Emily Cooper


Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s latest projects include the feature-length musical documentary The Road Forward; the animated feature film Window Horses; the animated shorts I AM HERE, The Mountain of SGaana and Shop Class; the mid-length documentary Beauty; the soon-to-be-released feature doc That Higher Level; and the documentary series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.

Credits

The National Film Board of Canada presents

True North

Created and Directed by
Ryan Sidhoo

Producer
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 Coordinator
Veronika Paz
Kristyn Stilling

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

Marketing Manager
Amanda Laukys
Catherine Veitch
Andrew Millard
Gabrielle Harvey

Publicist
Jennifer Mair

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Music
Going Upstairs
by Alabama Slim and Little Freddie King
reproduced with permission from Lucky Guitar Ltd.

Tinted Glass
by Network
reproduced with permission from Westar Music

Runaway Train
Performed by Ira Moore
Written by Alex Punzalan and Ira Moore

Angel
Performed by Dylan Sinclair
Composed by Alex Punzalan and Dylan Sinclair

Praise
By Dylan Sinclair
Written by Dylan Sinclair, Justin Chin and Alex Punzalan

Curse
By DATU
datumusic.com

Dirty Spoon
Composed by Alex Punzalan and Jed Harper

On Wit Da Show
Performed by Kardinal Offishall
Written by Jason Harrow
Reproduced with permission from Parsons Creative and Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd. (SOCAN) / One Man Music (ASCAP)
by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

Archival
BALL IS LIFE
CANADIAN BROADCAST COMPANY
CHCH
COURTCRED
CTV BELL MEDIA
FIBA AMERICAS
NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
MARIST COLLEGE ATHLETICS
MUCH © BELL MEDIA INC.
NORTH POLE HOOPS
KAREEM GRIFFIN
ON POINT BASKETBALL INC.
REUTERS
ROGERS TV
ROVONN RUSSELL
ST BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO STAR-PARS INTERNATIONAL CORP.

Executive producer
Shirley Vercruysse

Executive Director English Program
Michelle Van Beusekom

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