Plutocrats

A film by Tom Radford

The rise of the new global super rich, and the fall of everyone else. Based on the book by Chrystia Freeland.
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Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

A film by Tom Radford and Niobe Thompson

Narrated by David Suzuki & Sigourney Weaver
2 Gemini Nominations, “Best Social/Political Documentary” & “Best Direction”
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Inuit Odyssey

A film by Tom Radford and Niobe Thompson

On the path of the Thule, conquerers of the ancient Arctic – a circumpolar expedition with anthropologist Niobe Thompson
“Best Science and Nature Documentary”, Banff World Media Awards
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Code Breakers

A film by Tom Radford and Niobe Thompson

Unlocking the secrets of humankind’s last great migration with anthropologist Niobe Thompson
Gemini Awards, “Best Science and Nature Documentary” & “Best Photography”
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The Perfect Runner

A documentary by Niobe Thompson

Explore the miracle of running through the science of human evolution
“A big, beautiful, visually stunning film.” Vancouver Sun & Ottawa Citizen
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The Great Human Odyssey

A three-part series by Niobe Thompson

The story of Homo sapiens, the miraculous survivor
“Indescribable, but brilliant! The scientific equivalent of a creation story for humankind.” GLOBE & MAIL
“A spectacular-looking film” MACLEANS
“Beautifully shot!” TORONTO STAR
“An awe-inspiring exploration or human development…” WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
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    • 2017
      • Plutocrats
        Plutocrats

        Plutocrats

        Plutocrats (2016/17). A film by Tom Radford, based on the book by Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. In this feature documentary, jo...

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    • 2015
      • The Great Human Odyssey
        The Great Human Odyssey

        The Great Human Odyssey

        The Great Human Odyssey (2013/14), Why are we the last of our kind?  Anthropologist Niobe Thompson takes a journey of discovery in the footsteps of our human ancestors, and unlocks the mystery of our...

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    • 2014
      • Making of a Film Score
        Making of a Film Score

        Making of a Film Score

        Making of a Film Score (2014), Filmmaker Niobe Thompson teamed up with Composer Darren Fung to create a magnificent musical score for the CBC series The Great Human Odyssey....

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    • 2013
      • Common Ground
        Common Ground

        Common Ground

        Common Ground (2013), Filmmaker Tom Radford chronicles the struggle to preserve the public sector in an era of the shrinking state and corporatization of public services. What do Albertans stand to...

    • 2012
      • The Perfect Runner
        The Perfect Runner

        The Perfect Runner

        The Perfect Runner (2012), Explore the miracle of running through the science of human evolution. The Perfect Runner celebrates the modern love of endurance running by exploring our past as the runnin...

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    • 2011
      • Code Breakers
        Code Breakers

        Code Breakers

        Code Breakers (2010/11), Is human culture in the Americas thousands of years older than we thought?  Did the first humans reach the New World by foot at the end of the Ice Age?  Or did they come tho...

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      • Tipping Point
        Tipping Point

        Tipping Point

        Tipping Point (2011), “ ...a David-versus-Goliath tale about the voices fighting to be heard over the spin and money produced by the biggest energy project on earth.” - Edmonton Journal In an o...

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    • 2009
      • Inuit Odyssey
        Inuit Odyssey

        Inuit Odyssey

        Inuit Odyssey (2008/09), One thousands years ago, the Arctic was changing.  The climate warmed, the seas melted and whales and walrus streamed north.  A gentler time for Canada’s indigenous northe...

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    • 2008
      • Tar Sands: Canada for Sale
        Tar Sands: Canada for Sale

        Tar Sands: Canada for Sale

        Tar Sands: Canada for Sale (2008), An investigation of the social, political, and environmental impact of the Alberta Tar Sands on the world economy. 43 min. CBC/NRK/NHK (2008). A coproduction...

      • Power of Dreams

        Power of Dreams

        Power of Dreams (2008), two young Canadians fight to bring social reform to the favelas of Brazil. 46 min. ACCESS / Canadian Learning Television. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 2006
      • I, Nuligak / Worlds Collide

        I, Nuligak / Worlds Collide

        I, Nuligak / Worlds Collide(2006). A story of first contact in the high Arctic from an Inuit perspective. Special Recognition, Hors Competition, Banff World Television Festival. 72 min. a coproductio...

    • 2005
      • Alberta Bound
        Alberta Bound

        Alberta Bound

        Alberta Bound(2005). A centennial celebration of 100 years of Alberta music from Wilf Carter to Nickelback to kd lang. “Best Documentary” & “Best Director”, Alberta Film Awards, Nomination,...

    • 2004
      • Road of Bones

        Road of Bones

        Road of Bones (2004), Cambridge anthropologist Niobe Thompson journeys to Siberia to explore Soviet collapse and Chukchi revival. 94 min. w/ Black Spring Pictures, SRC....

      • Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies
        Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies

        Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies

        Great Lodges of the Canadian Rockies (2004), a mini-series on the eccentric character and history of castles in the wilderness like the Banff Springs Hotel and Jasper Park Lodge. 2x56 min. w/ Alliance...

    • 2003
      • Arctic Dreamer
        Arctic Dreamer

        Arctic Dreamer

        Arctic Dreamer (2003), the biography of controversial explorer and writer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, one of the last polar adventurers. 46 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television. Gemini Award, Be...

      • The Great Divide
        The Great Divide

        The Great Divide

        The Great Divide (2003), the life of David Thompson, one of the world's greatest land geographers. 46 min. S4C Wales and History Television. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 2002
      • Conscience
        Conscience

        Conscience

        Conscience (2002), the story of Czech writer and actor Vladimir Valenta, Czech resistance fighter and star of the Academy Award winning film "Closely Watched Trains". 48 min. w/ Alliance Atlantis / Hi...

      • The Honour of the Crown
        The Honour of the Crown

        The Honour of the Crown

        The Honour of the Crown (2002), the fight of the Head of the Rapids people, to close a 100-year old land claim against the Government of Canada. 48 min. CBC Witness / NFB. Best Documentary over 30 min...

    • 2001
      • The End of Evolution

        The End of Evolution

        The End of Evolution (2001), the world of renowned paleontologist Peter Ward, a mass extinction expert, on the natural events that threaten life on earth. 46 min. Discovery Network / NFB. Director: To...

      • The Great Lone Land
        The Great Lone Land

        The Great Lone Land

        The Great Lone Land (2001), the western adventure of Canada's first draft dodger, American Civil War artist and doctor, Richard Barrington Nevitt. 26 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television. D...

      • The Tree Planter
        The Tree Planter

        The Tree Planter

        The Tree Planter (2001), the 98-year life of prairie populist, conservationist, and author Grant MacEwan. "The Canadians: Biographies of a Nation" 48 min. w/ Great North Productions, History Televisio...

    • 2000
      • Ma Vlast, My Homeland
        Ma Vlast, My Homeland

        Ma Vlast, My Homeland

        Ma Vlast, My Homeland (2000), two Czech immigrants coach rural Alberta’s Kurt Browning to four World Figure Skating Championships. 26 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television. Director: Tom R...

      • Distant Skies
        Distant Skies

        Distant Skies

        Distant Skies (2000), World War One flying ace Wop May opens up the Canadian North and invents the saga of the bush pilot. 48 min. w/ Great North Productions, History Television. Director: Tom Radford...

      • The Last Roundup
        The Last Roundup

        The Last Roundup

        The Last Roundup (2000), the story of country music legend Wilf Carter, the yodelling cowboy. 48 min. w/ Great North Productions, History Television. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1999
      • New Norway
        New Norway

        New Norway

        New Norway (1999), the immigrants’ dream of building of a multi-cultural society on the western Canadian frontier. 26 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television. Director: Tom Radford...

      • Tickling the Dragon’s Tail
        Tickling the Dragon’s Tail

        Tickling the Dragon’s Tail

        Tickling the Dragon's Tail (1999), the mystery of Louis Slotin, the Canadian physicist killed building the atomic bomb. 52 min. w/ Great North Productions, Canwest Global. Best Director, 1999 Alberta ...

    • 1998
      • A Land As Green As the Sea

        A Land As Green As the Sea

        A Land As Green As the Sea (1998), the legacy of five generations of Scots in Canada. 26 min. w/ White Pine Pictures, History Television. Director: Tom Radford...

      • The Long River
        The Long River

        The Long River

        The Long River (1998), the northern adventures of explorer, geologist and paleontologist J. B. Tyrrell. 48 min. w/ Great North Productions, History Television. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1995
      • The Buffalo Ground

        The Buffalo Ground

        The Buffalo Ground (1995), the musician as historian, a portrait of The Great Western Orchestra. 52 min. CBC. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1994
      • The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed
        The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed

        The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed

        The Life and Times of Peter Lougheed (1994), a chronicle of the rise to power of Alberta’s most influential premier. 52 min. CBC Life and Times. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1993
      • Hockey Night in Harlem

        Hockey Night in Harlem

        Hockey Night in Harlem (1993), New York inner city kids fight for respect on hockey rinks from Central Park to central Alberta. 26 min. CBC Man Alive. Quebec/Alberta Prize, Banff Television Festival. ...

    • 1992
      • The Road Home

        The Road Home

        The Road Home (1992), a multicultural history of the settlement of Alberta, as portrayed by writers Rudy Wiebe, Myrna Kostash, Marilyn Dumont, and Eva Brewster. 52 min. CBC. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1990
      • Life After Hockey

        Life After Hockey

        Life After Hockey (1990), a modern-day fairy tale of how a local rink rat helped Team Canada defeat the Soviets. 52 min. Canwest Global. Best Overall, Best Drama, Best Director, Alberta Film Awards. D...

    • 1987
      • Littlechild

        Littlechild

        Littlechild (1987), the chronicle of Cree artist George Littlechild’s search for his lost parents and the soul of his people. 26 min. Canwest Global. Gemini Nomination. Director: Tom Radford ...

    • 1986
      • In Search of the Dragon
        In Search of the Dragon

        In Search of the Dragon

        In Search of the Dragon (1986), a NOVA documentary on The Dinosaur Project - a scientific adventure into China's Gobi Desert. 84 min. PBS Nova. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1983
      • The Renewable Society

        The Renewable Society

        The Renewable Society (1983), a television series produced for the NFB’s Challenge for Change Program, questioning the sustainability of conventional economic and industrial development. 26x28 min....

    • 1980
      • China Mission
        China Mission

        China Mission

        China Mission (1980), the story of teacher and diplomat Chester Ronning, who bridged East and West and led Canada to recognize of the People's Republic of China. 52 min. NFB. Prizes: San Francisco, Al...

    • 1979
      • Triangle Island

        Triangle Island

        Triangle Island (1979), a portrait of an ecological reserve dedicated to the preservation of the flora and fauna of the Pacific rim. 16 min. NFB. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1977
      • The Forests and Vladimir Krajina

        The Forests and Vladimir Krajina

        The Forests and Vladimir Krajina (1977), a former Czech resistance fighter’s quest to found an ecological reserves program in British Columbia. 28 min. NFB. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1975
      • Man Who Chooses the Bush
        Man Who Chooses the Bush

        Man Who Chooses the Bush

        Man Who Chooses the Bush (1975), the adventures of trapper, Frank Ladouceur, fighting to preserve the traditional Métis lifestyle of the Canadian North. 28 min. NFB. Best Overall: Yorkton Internation...

    • 1974
      • A Slow Hello

        A Slow Hello

        A Slow Hello (1974), the May to September marriage of a young camp cook and an old cowboy, sharing a love for the twilight years of the ranching frontier. 26 min. NFB/CBC. Director: Tom Radford...

      • Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer
        Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer

        Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer

        Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer (1974), the opening of Western Canada through the eyes of an intrepid photographer and social activist. 52 min. Filmwest, BBC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ...

    • 1973
      • Every Saturday Night

        Every Saturday Night

        Every Saturday Night (1973), a reunion of dancehall musicians who survived the dirty 30s in the Alberta town of Dorothy, population: 25. 26 min. NFB/CBC. Director: Tom Radford...

    • 1972
      • Death of a Delta

        Death of a Delta

        Death of a Delta (1972), the struggle Fort Chipewyan, Alberta’s oldest community, against the massive Bennett Dam on the Peace River. 28 min. Film Frontiers / Alberta Education. Prize, Festival dei ...

    • 1971
      • Land

        Land

        Land (1971), a portrait of the Great Plains through the eyes of native artists and writers. 28 min. Film Frontiers, Edmonton Educational Authority. Director: Tom Radford...

    From a base in Canada, Clearwater makes compelling, intelligent and award-winning broadcast and feature documentaries for audiences around the world.


    With four Gemini Award nominations and two Gemini Awards, its founders Niobe Thompson and Tom Radford continue a tradition of uncompromising storytelling with visual flair.  Our projects have explored wealth disparity and its impact on global democracy (Plutocrats, 2016/17), the survival and emergence of our human ancestors (The Great Human Odyssey, 2013/14), human evolution and distance running (The Perfect Runner, CBC/ARTE 2012), the environmental crisis in Canada’s tar sands (Tipping Point: The End of Oil, CBC/NHK/NRK/Al Jazeera 2011), the earliest peopling of the Americas during the Ice Age (Code Breakers, CBC 2011) and the origins of the modern Inuit (Inuit Odyssey, CBC 2009). Clearwater Documentary has produced for broadcasters including CBC, PBS, BBC, ARTE, NHK, NRK, DR, National Geographic and the History Channel. We have coproduced with partner companies in Norway, Wales, Japan and the United States and completed a collaboration with the BBC’s Natural History Unit on the 2011/2012 megaseries Frozen Planet.

    We take our name from the Clearwater River, tumbling from the vast glaciers of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, for millennia known to the First Nations as the backbone of the world. Today, the ice is melting as a global climate crisis accelerates. One of the many issues we tackle in our distinguished filmography of natural history, science, and investigative documentaries.


    Clearwater Documentary keeps producing stunning films...


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