Knowledge Network Celebrates British Columbia Artists & Athletes | Knowledge.ca

British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is premiering Take Me Home, a series of 38 short stories of home by renowned artists, athletes, artisans and arts patrons from British Columbia. The documentaries were produced by two B.C. independent production companies – Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan’s Two Story Productions and David Martin’s Hyphen Communications -- working with 13 other directors.

“Knowledge Network continues its long-standing commitment to work with B.C.’s independent producers and directors to create original programs that resonate with British Columbians,” said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “At times insightful and deeply moving, Take Me Home presents a wide array of talented British Columbians who are respected and renowned for their achievements in arts and sports. Through their personal and insightful stories on the meaning of “home” it is our hope that viewers across British Columbia will see their province from surprisingly different perspectives.”

A number of British Columbians participated in the films including musician Nelly Furtado, ethnobotanist/author, Wade Davis, First Nations artists April White and Sonny Assu, spoken word poets Shane Koyczan and Adelina Delsoul, arts patrons Michael Audain and Bob Rennie, and Olympian Silken Laumann.

"For 32 years, B.C.'s public broadcaster Knowledge Network has inspired people with its quality, local programming,” said Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. “Its latest film series, Take Me Home, will continue to engage viewers with stories that capture the spirit of what "home" means to some of B.C.'s most famous faces - individuals who are helping to shape our province for future generations."

Knowledge Network received $300,000 from the government of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development. The grant was part of the 2010 Sport and Arts Legacy, created to continue the celebration of excellence and community spirit so evident during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

"Congratulations to the outstanding British Columbians whose achievements in sports and the arts, featured in this fine series created through Knowledge Network, will inspire us all,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “Arts, culture and sports are flourishing in British Columbia, showcasing our talent, contributing to our economy and helping our communities attract people and investment."

Knowledge Network held an advance screening of Take Me Home November 7 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodwards in Vancouver.

The event was attended by Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for Communities. Many B.C. personalities who participated in the films were also present including Trevor Linden, Mel Davis, Josh Dueck, Ashleigh McIvor, Donovan Tildesley, and Bin Mink.

Take Me Home will premiere November 14, 21 and 25 at 7:30pm and will be available online at Knowledge.ca.

About Knowledge Network

A viewer-supported public broadcaster, British Columbia’s Knowledge Network offers commercial-free creative documentaries, arts and culture, drama and children’s programs from Canada and around the world. Knowledge Kids is a safe, trusted environment for young viewers, offering “good fun” that sparks a child’s imagination and love of learning. Knowledge Network plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community in B.C. through the commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content. Knowledge Network is funded in part through the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services.

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