April 4, 2022

No Ordinary Man on CBC

“Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivalled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honour the legacy of an unlikely hero.” – CBC documentary channel If you haven’t yet had the chance to watch No Ordinary Man, the genre-bending documentary will be showing on CBC documentary channel the following dates: Sun, April […]

March 2, 2022

Watch No Ordinary Man on Blue-ray and DVD

No Ordinary Man is now out on Blu-ray and DVD! This genre-defying documentary celebrates the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton by foregrounding leading voices in the trans community, including Marquise Vilsón, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C.Riley Snorton, and Thomas Page McBee, among others. For the Canadian audience, physical copies are now […]

December 9, 2021

Best Movies of 2021: No Ordinary Man featured by The New Yorker

While The Indie Wire recently featured No Ordinary Man on their predictions for Best Documentary – Feature at the Oscars 2022, Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt’s documentary on the life of Billy Tipton is now listed as one of the best movies of 2021 in The New Yorker. Richard Brody writes: “In the empathetic, self-questioning vision of […]

November 19, 2021

MAIN FILM: SODEC Grant Writing Workshop with Marie-Michèle Cyr

As part of Main Film’s workshop series on documentary cinema, producer Marie-Michèle will be giving a workshop on SODEC grant writing for emerging filmmakers looking to submit a grant application for the SODEC Emerging Program. Drawing on her experience, MM will help review applications with participants and cover different strategies to optimize applications. The workshop […]

November 11, 2021

RIDM Forum 2021: Filmmaker Eva-Loan joins the Talent Lab cohort!

For this year’s RIDM Talent Lab, artist and filmmaker Eva-Loan Ponton-Pham will participate with her project Con Nhang – Enfants d’encens.  Between November 13 and 15, the talent lab cohort will have access to creative sharing activities, workshops, and presentations led by local as well as international professionals from the documentary industry. The Talent Lab is a […]


not about us without us: documentary foot travel over documentary tourism

Founded in 2010 by Sarah Spring and Selin Murat, Parabola Films produces highly curated author-driven documentaries for festivals, theatrical, and broadcast. Parabola Films has positioned itself as a production company that works with directors with a distinct visual and narrative approach and its filmmakers push the boundaries of documentary storytelling in compelling and creative ways. Parabola’s films are consistently programmed at prestigious national and international film festivals and produced in partnership with celebrated institutions such as the National Film Board of Canada, the Sundance Institute, and broadcasters around the world. Parabola participates in all major documentary markets and has pitched at France’s Sunny Side of the Doc, Argentina’s Latin Side of the Doc, and China’s Asian Side of the Doc; Sheffield Doc/Fest; New York’s IFP Film Week; Istanbul’s Meetings Under the Bridge, the Bogota AudioVisual Market, the Hot Docs Forum, the IDFA Forum, and Cannes. Now based mainly in Istanbul, Selin Murat specializes in professional development initiatives for documentary filmmakers with a focus on coproductions with Canada, sits on numerous documentary film juries every year,  is a founding member of the Documentary Association of Europe, programs documentaries for the RIDM and is Director of Programming of the RIDM’s Forum. 

In 2020, Parabola Films marked its ten year anniversary by investing in the next generation of storytellers. Sarah Spring began a year-long mentorship with Marie-Michèle Cyr. In Spring 2020, Marie-Michèle began development on her first project as a producer at Parabola, Bác Quang. By Fall 2020, she had received development support from SODEC, Telefilm, CALQ and PRIM. In January 2021, Sarah was hired as the new Executive Director of the Documentary Organization of Canada, and Marie-Michèle began to take a more active role in Parabola Films as the company’s main producer.