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ABOUT NOMAD FILMS

Nomad Films develops and produces documentary and dramatic programming for film and television that focuses on a wide range of compelling stories on a range of subjects. We don’t discriminate: a great story makes for a terrific film. We are drawn to all sorts of subjects: social and political change, science, the environment, the arts, history, you-name-it. Known for its international treaty co-production work, Nomad has successfully produced films such as the award-winning In the Shadow of a Saint (CBC, BBC, IKON, and SBS Australia). Director/Writer/Executive Producer Mark Johnston is the Founder of Nomad Films. Nearly three decades in the business, Mark has worked in a producer or director capacity on over fifty films.

Most recently, Nomad Films completed Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants, a natural history/science title for CBC’s The Nature of Things and PBS International. I Married My Family’s Killer (documentary channel in Canada), won the 2015 Student Academy Award for Best Documentary. Another recent title is the docu-reality series, Fight Xchange, for Superchannel in Canada and Globo in Brazil, a ground-breaking look at a group of mixed martial artists as they try to make it in that cut-throat world. To Russia With Love is a one hour film about the relationship between Canada and Russia in hockey. It won the prime time ratings in Canada for December 29th, 2012. The Jungle Prescription, a major documentary for CBC’s Nature of Things about ayahuasca, the Amazonian psychotropic medicine was broadcast in late 2011. Disfarmer, was a film for TVO, SBS Australia, AVRO Netherlands and SVT Sweden, about the “found” American photographer, Mike Disfarmer. Other major credits include: The Climb, (CBC, National Geographic Canada and Discovery HD Theater), about the first Canadian climb of Mount Everest; The Al Qaeda Code (CBC, WDR/ARTE, SBS); feature documentary When We Were Boys (documentary channel in Canada and Kino Smith); as well as the epic series Empire of the Word (TVO, TG4, SBS, TFO) about the history of reading and writing.

Other titles produced, include: Beetalker (CBC’s Nature of Things/ARTE France); Riddle of the Polar Sky, (Discovery; WDR/ARTE; National Geographic; WDR); and To Bee or Not to Bee (also known as The Mystery of the Disappearing Bees) (CBC’s The Nature of Things/ARTE France); Blood, Smoke and Tears (CBC and TFO); The Man Who Became King (CBC, Sundance Channel and National Geographic International); The Life and Times of Sarah McLachlan (CBC); and Jean’s Marines (W Network). Nomad has worked for partners as diverse as the BBC, ARTE France, Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, the CBC, as well as a plethora of other media outlets.

Although documentary specialists, Nomad has more recently begun producing dramatic films, beginning with Nelofer Pazira’s 2010 Act of Dishonour (Entertainment One, the NFB and Daniel Iron’s Foundry Films).

Mark Johnston

Executive Producer/Director/Writer



Executive Producer/Director/Writer Mark Johnston is the founder of Nomad Films. Almost thirty years in the business, Mark has worked in a producer or director capacity on over fifty films. He began his television career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s nightly newscast, The National. He was the first team members on Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World, a massive ten-hour PBS/BBC/Global Television documentary series filmed in fifteen countries around the world (Executive Produced by Adrian Malone, creator of The Ascent of Man and Cosmos with Carol Sagan). Mark is an ethnographic filmmaking specialist, having worked with small-scaled tribal cultures around the world. He was in charge of the ethnographic portions of filming on the BBC/Discovery series, The Human Animal with Desmond Morris (1994).

Some other titles produced and/or directed by Mark Johnston include: Blood, Smoke and Tears (CBC and TFO); The Man Who Became King (CBC, Sundance Channel and National Geographic International); The Life and Times of Sarah McLachlan (CBC); Jean’s Marines (W Network); Beetalker (CBC’s Nature of Things/ARTE France); Riddle of the Polar Sky, (Discovery; WDR/ARTE; National Geographic; WDR); The Climb (CBC/National Geographic/Discovery HD Theater); The Al Qaeda Code (CBC and WDR/ARTE); Empire of the Word (TVO, TFO, SBS and TG4); the upcoming Jungle Prescription (CBC’s Nature of Things); and the recent To Bee or Not to Bee (also known as the Mystery of the Disappearing Bees) (CBC’s Nature of Things/ARTE France); To Russia With Love (CTV); and Giraffes: The Forgotten Giants (CBC’s Nature of Things and PBS International).

Amanda Handy

Producer



Amanda joined Nomad Films in 2007 as a Partner and Producer. Successfully leveraging her diverse film and television experience that included running the Business Affairs and Marketing departments for some of Canada’s biggest drama and documentary production houses. Amanda has created and implemented a number of initiatives to position Nomad as a leading company in the film and television industry.

As one of the companies’ partners Amanda’s focus is not only on the company’s development, production and distribution activities, but also on the strategic development and operations of the business.

Amanda has a passion for film and television and her strengths lie in her ability to see projects through from the initial development of creative ideas all the way to the distribution of the final product. Working closely with the creative team and handling the day to day producing of each project.

Since joining Nomad Amanda has worked as a producer on the critically acclaimed documentaries When We Were Boys (Official Hot Docs and True False Film Festival Selections and Donald Britain Award Nominee) and The Al Qaeda Code (BANFF Award Nominee), as well as the ambitious 4 part documentary series

Empire of the Word (Worldfest Houston Platinum Award Winner and Banff Award Nominee) and Nomad’s first drama feature film with the NFB, the Afghan based Act of Dishonour (Official Selection for the Edinburgh Festival), Coproduced with Dan Iron of Foundry Films (Away from Her).

Other select credits include The Jungle Prescription, a documentary about an ancient Amazonian medicine called ayahuasca, which is being used to cure western drug addicts at an astonishing rate and an exciting 13 part documentary series called The Fight Xchange airing on Super Channel, which is a fascinating look at MMA fighting through a Brazilian, Canadian exchange program.

Most recently completed were Giraffes - The Forgotten Giants, a ground breaking natural science documentary project that challenges perceptions of giraffes for the CBC and PBS International and I Married My Family’s Killer, which won the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary