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True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball (Feature)

Ryan Sidhoo
2019 | 90-minute feature documentary

Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection Montreal International Black Film Festival, Montreal, Canada (2020)


Short Synopsis

Trailer


Clip


Promotional Material

Key Subjects

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Elijah Fisher
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Cordell Veira

Images

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Elijah Fisher with friends and family.
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Elijah Fisher at practice.
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Elijah Fisher with dad Rohan.
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Elijah Fisher with dad Rohan.
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Elijah Fisher
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Elijah Fisher with brother Daniel.
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Keone Davis with his mother Donna.
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Keone Davis with his mother Donna.
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Keone Davis with his mother Donna.
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Cordell Veira
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Cordell Veira
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Cordell Veira and brother Quinlan.
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Family photos in the Veira house.
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Cordell Veira with mother Gayle.

Team


Ryan Sidhoo
Director/Creator


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Graham Withers
Editor


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Shirley Vercruysse
Producer, Executive Producer


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Photo : Emily Cooper



Credits

A National Film Board of Canada production
In association with Red Bull Media House

Created and Directed by
Ryan Sidhoo

Producer
Shirley Vercruysse

Line Producer
Jennifer Roworth

Director of Photography
John Price

Editor
Graham Withers

Composer
Alex Punzalan

Sound Designer
John Diemer
Troy Slocum

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

Coordinator, Pro Athlete Interviews
Mike Hamilton

Production Coordinator
Nathan Conchie
Veronika Paz

Production Assistants
Patrick Sue-Chan
Mackie Montgomery
Paul Kim
Marcus Armstrong
Chris Niesing

Stills Photographer
Yasin Osman

Researcher
Caroline Coutts

Assistant Editor
Mike Howey

Re-recording Mixer
Isabelle Lussier

Sound Editor
Luc Léger
Michelle Hwu
Chris Robison

Digital colourist
Serge Verreault

Graphics
Jacknife

VFX
Bun Lee
Cynthia Ouellet

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

Archival
Ball is Life
CBC Archive Sales
CHCH
CTV Bell Media
Graham Withers
Jesse McCraken
Kareem Griffin of Canletes Sports
National Film Board of Canada
Marist College Athletics
North Pole Hoops
On Point Basketball Inc.
Rogers TV
Rovonn Russell
St Bonaventure University
The Canadian Press
Toronto Sun a division of Postmedia Network Inc

Thank You
Alvin Noel
Bill Epstein
Cary Smith
Cliff Sarmiento
Gary Charles
Kareem Griffin
Krysia Geeves
Lisa Newton
Mary Ford
Mary Lopreiato
Patrick Shaw
Ravi Sidhoo
Shelley Gordon
Sol Guy
Thomas Benski
Acme Works
CYBL
Excel Sports Management
Indiana Pacers
Isthmus Canada
Pulse Films
Team Canada
Toronto Raptors
The First Nations School of Toronto
Toronto District School Board
Toronto City Elite

Marketing Manager
Kay Rondonneau
Andrew Millard

Technical Coordinator
Wes Machnikowski

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Executive Producer
Shirley Vercruysse

Executive Director, English Program
Michelle Van Beusekom


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