IN THE MAKING launches second season with special screenings and events across Canada this fall

The acclaimed CBC Arts original series IN THE MAKING will return this fall for a second season of eight half-hour documentaries, each following a Canadian artist on an immersive journey inside their creative process. Premiering Friday, September 27 at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT) on CBC, a new episode will broadcast each week, and all eight episodes will be available on-demand as of September 27 via the free CBC Gem streaming service. This season’s artists include: Rebecca Belmore, Deanna Bowen, Jeremy Dutcher, Christopher House, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Ken Lum, Walter Scott, and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. To celebrate, CBC Arts and producers White Pine Pictures are partnering with leading arts organizations coast-to-coast-to-coast for special screenings and events this fall, which will feature select appearances by the spotlighted artists.

“The eight artists we travelled the country documenting this season are visionary. Through their work, they connect us to truths about ourselves and the world, and shape futures we have yet to imagine,” says Sean O’Neill , creator and host of IN THE MAKING. “Making this series is exhilarating and humbling work, and I’m grateful to the CBC for their belief in our team, and to our subjects for trusting us to share their intimate worlds with our viewers.”

Nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards and winner of a Canadian Cinema Editors Award for Best Editing in a Docuseries, IN THE MAKING features groundbreaking artists from across the creative spectrum—including visual art, music, theatre, dance and comics—as they face pivotal moments of risk and realization. With each episode, the show gives viewers rare access to the life and work of a single artist, often documented over a period of several months across multiple locations. The subjects of the second season are:

● Seventy-five-year-old electronic musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland, connecting with a new generation of fans in Japan;

● Celebrated comic artist Walter Scott, debuting new work in Montreal;

● JUNO Award and Polaris Music Prize-winner Jeremy Dutcher , reconnecting on the shores of the Wolastoq river in New Brunswick;

● Visual artist Deanna Bowen, returning home to Vancouver for a deeply personal project;

● Artist, writer and professor Ken Lum, preparing a major new sculpture in Philadelphia;

● Choreographer Christopher House, returning to the stage in Toronto and preparing to leave the company he’s led for 25 years;

● Theatre artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, beginning a powerful new collaboration with women artists in Iqaluit; and

● Legendary visual artist Rebecca Belmore, mounting a survey of her life’s work in Saskatoon.

This season of In the Making will feature a special series of screenings and events presented at arts organizations across Canada this fall with O’Neill and the featured artists. The schedule is as follows (* denotes artist in attendance), with more details on each event to be made available in the coming weeks.

  • September 10: Vancouver International Film Centre, Vancouver, BC (Deanna Bowen*, Ken Lum)
  • September 20: Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB (Beverly Glenn-Copeland*, Jeremy Dutcher)
  • September 27: Hot Docs Cinema, Toronto, ON (Rebecca Belmore*, Beverly Glenn-Copeland*)
  • September 27: SBC Gallery, Montreal, QC (Walter Scott)
  • September 29: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON (Ken Lum*, Deanna Bowen*, Rebecca Belmore*)
  • October 10: Qaggiavuut!, Iqaluit, NU (Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory*)
  • November 8: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON (Laakuluk Williamson Bathory*)
  • November 12: Remai Modern, Saskatoon, SK (Rebecca Belmore, Walter Scott)
  • November 30: Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC (Ken Lum*)

IN THE MAKING is directed by some of Canada’s most compelling voices in documentary film, including Chelsea McMullan and Amar Wala, who launched a mentorship program for emerging BIPOC directors in tandem with the series’ second season.

A CBC original series produced by White Pine Pictures,IN THE MAKING is created bySean O’Neill, Nancy Lang andPeter Raymont, and produced bySean O’Neill and Michelle Mama. For CBC,Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; and Grazyna Krupa is Executive in Charge of Programming, Arts.

The second season of IN THE MAKING is produced in partnership with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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Sean O’Neill is the co-creator, executive producer and host of In the Making, an award-winning CBC documentary series that explores the creative processes of leading Canadian artists. Previously, he spent ten years at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he was Director, Public Programs & Partnerships, leading the Gallery’s talks, performance, music, dance, cinema and residency programs, and strategic partnerships with major cultural organizations. He hosted Crash Gallery on CBC from 2015 to 2017. He grew up working part-time in film and television, including as a host of the children’s program Kids TV.

White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features: A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. White Pine is also the producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes) created for the CBC and sold worldwide including France, Germany, and the USA. www.whitepinepictures.com