(The date following the title is usually the month and year of broadcast)
Thongdrol - 2016
A theatrical feature documentary on the painting style developed in Tibet by the Karma Kagyu that incorporated the natural world into the vision of Totality that is a thangka.
Dharma Rising - 2015
A feature length documentary version of the two part series on how Buddhism is adapting to its encounter with the West and modernity. Seen through the eyes of more than two dozen of the first generation of Western-born Dharma teachers.
Retreat - 2013
A feature length cinema verité film that follows thirty-five Westerners as they attempt an intense eight-week, silent, meditation retreat in Thailand led by the prolific American Buddhist teacher and writer, B. Alan Wallace.
Dharma Rising - 06/11
A two hour min-series on how Buddhism is adapting to its encounter with the West and modernity. Seen through the eyes of more than two dozen of the first generation of Western-born Dharma teachers.
The Conscious Universe - 07/11
An hour long documentary exploring the Buddhist ideas of the nature of consciousness as articulated by B. Alan Wallace.
The Secret History - 07/08
A feature length cultural history of one of the last century’s most mysterious
phenomena….exploring how popular mythology obscured any attempts to discover an
underlying reality. For History Television.
Oracle - 02/07
A one hour exploration of trance possession in Tibetan Buddhism. Filmed with
the permission of the Dalai Lama with exclusive scenes shot in his private
trances with the State Oracles. VisionTV.
Moncla Memories - 03/07
A one hour film about the prior-life recollections of a computer systems
engineer that explores the boundary between fantasy and memory. VisionTV.
Reservation - 08/03
A five hour cinema verité series that follows a year in the life of the Alkali
Lake, BC Shuswap Reserve. VisionTV, APTN.
and I – 06/03
On the set of the CBS Hitler mini-series examining the
issues of dramatizing an emotionally charged history. History Television.
XII - 5/02
An hour documentary for History Television about the infamous leader of a
Canadian Cult. History Channel.
Spiritual Literacy -
A 26 part series based
of the best seller of the same name. Excerpts from a wide variety of spiritual
disciplines read and placed to images and music. 16X26 minutes. VisionTV
on the Mountain 13/6/99
A gathering of Shamans from indigenous religions around the world explores what
they have in common politically and spiritually. 104 minutes. For Vision TV and Mystic Fire.
1 hour for international television release. Mongolian Buddhism tries to
rise from the ashes of 70 years of communism. The Dalai Lama does a
Kalachakra while the rains pour down on
, the only centrally heated
capital city in the world. Meanwhile, hundreds of covert American
evangelicals try to seduce Mongolian youth with promises of the modern
world. Interviewed: H.H. the Dalai Lama, a horde of
Mongolians and a presumption of evangelical Christians. VisionTV.
Four Noble Truths - 3/97
A 6 hour teaching by the Dalai Lama at the Barbican Hall in London. Introduced
by Robert A. F. Thurman. Distributed by Mystic
Fire. Available on DVD
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restrictions apply. When E-mailing them an enquiry please mention the title,
air date and that it's from the Man Alive series.
Millennium - Telecast
A two part examination
of the millennium that looks at the rising tide of anxiety spilling over
into the culture as the fixation on technology and other things. Hosted by
Evan Solomon. With Umberto Eco, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Michael Grosso,
Mark Kingwell, Richard Landes, David Mercer and others.
Funding - Telecast 9/16/96 - 9/17/96
A two-part examination of the movement by minorities to get publicly fund
religious schools in
With Lois Sweet.
Sacred Sex - Telecast
Sex and spirituality traditionally don't go together. A look at the
subject from a completely non-traditional point of view. With Rianne Eisler and various tantrikas and firewomen.
Aging to Saging - Telecast
A weekend workshop at Omega Institute looks at changing the attitudes of
the elderly to aging. With Ram Dass and Reb
Tonight's the Night - 3/16/95
Three elderly couples grapple with the problems of sex and aging.
Nova Scotia - 2/2/95
In the 1980's, at the behest of their controversial Tibetan teacher, 400
American Buddhists moved to
. A portrait of
the Halifax Vajradhatu. Interviewed: Allan Ginsberg, Robert A. F. Thurman, James George.
A group of professional magicians go on retreat to try to re-discover real
magic. Interviewed: Eugene Burger, Max Maven.
The Gift - 4/13/94
The work of Brother Bob who, with Sister Ivana, an 83 year-old motorcycle
driving nun, has set up one of the largest leprosy clinics in India.
and Prophesy - 3/22/92
The Man Alive 25th Anniversary Special. A 60 minute compilation tracing
society wide technological change paralleled by the awakening spirituality
of the indigenous peoples. With Camille Paglia, Neil Postman, and Jean Vanier.
Belly of the Beast - 3/26/91
Behind the walls of Warkworth Penitentiary at an intense weekend workshop
by Alternatives to Violence, a Quaker sponsored program throughout North
American prisons. Interviewed: Steve Angel.
Heart of Tibet
The One hour version of
intimate look at the Dalai Lama during the Los Angeles Kalachakra. Filmed
with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. Available from Mystic
Back From Light -
Survivors of the Near Death experience tell their stories.
Raging Grannies -
Turning anger into constructive energy a group of Victoria grandmothers
spoof our notion of old age and work to save the ecology.
Keeper of the Flame -
Josef and Zdena Skvorecky, two Czech novelists living in
since 1968, return for a visit
after 22 years and are welcomed back as heroes.
An intimate look at the Dalai Lama during the Los Angeles Kalachakra.
Filmed with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. Available from Mystic
Wheel of Rebirth -
An examination of death and re-birth in Tibetan Buddhism filmed on
with an interview with the Dalai Lama. Includes a rare sequence with the
State Oracle of Tibet going into trance.
A Circle of Healing - Part 1 - 21/10/89
A two part special edition revealing the enormous rate of sexual abuse
within Canada's native community and its causal connection to our main
A Circle of Healing - Part 2 - 21/17/89
The ET Hypothesis -
The effect of a hypothetical extra-terrestrial contact on the human
psyche. Seen through the eyes of the UFO abduction phenomenon. Largest
audience in Man Alive's 29 year history.
Journey to Prague - 1/7/87
A dramatic documentary about Otto Lowy, who left
in 1939, and keeps returning in search of an answer to the Holocaust. Two
Gemini nominations and many major international awards.
Love and Alchemy -
Alex, an 82 year-old alchemist, lives with his 24 year-old girlfriend in
A whimsical look at their relationship.
Stephen Hawking's Universe - 2/5/86
A portrait of the famed physicist paralyzed by Lou Gerhig's Disease. His
personal favorite of the many TV documentaries done about him. Many
international awards. Interviewed: Stephen Hawking and a discussion between Hawking
and Superstring theorists Ed Whitten and John Schwarz.
The Mighty Quinn -
An hour-long cinema-verité trip with Fr. Vaughan Quinn, ex-whiskey priest,
through the deepest, darkest parts of central
. Many awards and international
Susan Nelles - 1/9/85
The nurse falsely charged in the deaths of 28 babies at Sick Children's
Hospital gives her one and only account to the media. Interviewed: Susan
Gathering of Magicians - 11/7/84
The information revolution through the eyes of a visionary
company who see themselves changing the culture.
The Promised Land -
A portrait of
told through the music of its
To Touch the Face of God - 12/25/83
An hour-long Documentary special about the artistic and historical
significance of attempting to create images of God as man. (Images of
Drop-kick Me Jesus - 10/23/83
A look at some of the beliefs and practices of professional football
players who are evangelical Christians.
A Sense of Mission
A study of René Fumaleau, an Oblate priest and photographer who came from
teach Dene Indians and instead became their student.
Science Fair - Fall
A comical treatment of the kids and their projects. CBC's The nature of
Fly Fishing - Spring 82
A whimsical look at the science behind fly fishing. CBC's The nature of
Sharp and Terrible Eyes - 12/10/80
A 90 minute cinema verité documentary special for CBC Current Affairs and
TVOntario on Canada's juvenile justice system.
Upper Reaches -
A 30 minute drama about the effects of divorce on children. Made for
Belonging - 10/15/78
A 60 minute documentary on adoption for TVOntario.
Coming and Going - 2/15/78
A 60 minute cinema-verité film shot over two weeks on a terminal care
ward. For CBC's The Nature of Things.
Don't Forget to Smile - 7/15/77
A sponsored film for the Hospital for Sick Children on their burn unit. Winner
of Canadian Film And Television Association Best Documentary under 30
minutes award. Produced by Chetwynd Films.
Jack's Thing -
An acted farce done for the Manitoba Department of Industry and Commerce
that became a cult classic on
For Those Who Have Less - 6/15/73
NDP Campaign Film