"What's Up Doc?" - Bravo!DOC Week Launches March 3



    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Bravo! showcases its independent productions
every day during Bravo!DOC Week, March 3 - 7. Feature documentaries include:
Streets of Encounter; The Art of Observation: The Photographs of Ted Grant;
Museum Maestros; Achieving the Unachievable and Tales of the Rat Fink. The
five feature presentations, all of which were produced in association with
Bravo!, air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT each night leading into additional
documentary programming from 9 - 11 p.m. ET.
    "Since its inception Bravo! has been a proud supporter of independent
filmmakers - providing funding to more than 50 documentaries each year," said
Isme Bennie, General Manager, Bravo!. "With this week of specially programmed
documentaries, we aim to move, inspire, and hopefully teach people about the
arts. These are some of the best indie productions the documentary world has
to offer."
    (*)Media Note(*) - Download photos for Bravo!DOC Week programs at
ctvmedia.ca/bravo
    - Screeners are available upon request.

    Streets of Encounter
    Bravo! Television Premiere - Monday, March 3

    Streets of Encounter features Ivaldo Bertazzo, a choreographer who works
with youth from the slums of Sao Paulo. As seen in this compelling
documentary, art can make a difference. Bertazzo takes the youth on a journey
of discovery that goes beyond dance and becomes an exploration of themselves
and their relationship to society; his aim is not necessarily to turn the kids
into dancers but to give them tools for the rest of their lives. The film
follows them into their neighbourhoods, shows them performing in Brazil and
finally on tour in France. The film has been accepted to the International
Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) this year.

    The Art of Observation: The Photographs of Ted Grant
    World Television Premiere - Tuesday, March 4

    This documentary features Grant, an award-winning photojournalist, who
has photographed the people and landscapes of Canada and the rest of the world
for more than 55 years. Known for capturing Canadian news events on film,
perhaps one of his most renowned photos is that of Pierre Trudeau sliding down
a banister at the Chateau Laurier during the Liberal leadership convention in
June 1968.

    Museum Maestros
    World Television Premiere - Wednesday, March 5

    Gail and Barry Lord are obsessed with museums. As internationally
acclaimed museum experts, this husband and wife team is now jet-setting across
the globe to consult with the world's top institutions, architects and
exhibition designers to create and re-invent museums for the 21st century.
Past projects include contracts with the Louvre, the Tate, and the Guggenheim
Bilbao. Go behind the scenes to some of their current projects including the
World Trade Center Memorial in New York City, the Museum of the African
Diaspora in San Francisco, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in
Winnipeg. Their insight into how culture and identity are shaping museums
stems from their own Canadian experience.

    Achieving the Unachievable
    World Television Premiere - Thursday, March 6

    This documentary explores one of the most intriguing enigmas of modern
art - the empty circle at the centre of Print Gallery by Dutch artist Mauritis
C. Escher. In 1956, Escher challenged the laws of perspective and found
himself trapped behind an impossible barrier. Half a century later,
mathematician Hendrik Lenstra took everyone by surprise by drawing a fantastic
bridge between the intuition of the artist and his own, and completed Escher's
work mathematically. Achieving the Unachievable, by documentary filmmaker Jean
Bergeron, is the opening night film at FIFA this year.

    Tales of the Rat Fink
    Bravo! Television Premiere - Friday, March 7

    Ron Mann's wildly inventive bio about Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who engineered
a shift in mid-20th century culture with his customized cars, "monster"
T-shirts and America's alternative rodent - "Rat Fink." The mainly animated
doc boasts a stellar cast of narrators including Paul Quarrington, Matt
Groening, Ann-Margret and Jay Leno. Tales of the Rat Fink is a fitting tribute
to a pop-culture pioneer.

    Additional documentaries airing during Bravo!DOC Week include:

    March 3, 2008
    Toller Cranston: The Art of Being - 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
    Christopher House: Ahead of the Curve - 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

    March 4, 2008
    Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues - 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
    Celtic Soul: The Life and Music of John Allan Cameron - 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m.
    PT

    March 5, 2008
    Raising Valhalla - 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
    A Song to Sing O: A Love Affair with Gilbert & Sullivan - 10 p.m. ET/
    7 p.m. PT

    March 6, 2008
    A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman - 9 p.m. ET/
    6 p.m. PT
    Curveball: W.P. Kinsella - 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

    Bravo! is a sojourn in the television landscape where viewers make a
regular appointment with the arts (www.bravo.ca). A proud supporter of the
Canadian independent production community, Bravo! funds approximately 100
hours of independently produced documentaries and performing arts specials a
year. Bravo! has been a major contributor to such productions as Godiva's,
Ballet Girls, Manufacturing Dissent and the Gemini award-winning series
Bathroom Divas. Bravo! is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia,
Canada's premier multi-media company.





For further information:

For further information: and/or screening copies: Laura Hughes, (416)
591-7400 x2746, laurah@bravo.ca; Emily Young Lee, (416) 591-7400 x3004,
eyounglee@ctv.ca


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