April 13, 2021


Parabola’s rising producer, Marie-Michèle Cyr will virtually take off to Copenhagen. This SODEC_Lab will allow producers from Québec to participate online in the CPH:FORUM documentary market from April 26 to April 30, 2021, and the CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen. The festival is dedicated to creative documentary projects in all formats: feature films, series, interactive media, and installations. […]

April 13, 2021


It is with great excitement that we released commercially No Ordinary Man across Canada on Friday April 2nd 2021. The film is now available on all PVOD platforms and in select cinemas in Québec. For times, venues and links, please check our distributors websites @ Les Films du 3 Mars and level films. https://f3m.ca/ http://level.film/

April 13, 2021


Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to No Ordinary Man. The news of the acquisition of No Ordinary Man comes at an appropriate time as March 31 was Trans Day of Visibility. “For me, No Ordinary Man was such an eye-opening and welcome introduction to Billy Tipton,” said O-Scope’s Dan Berger. “Aisling and Chase’s inventive portrait adopts a number of […]

July 30, 2020

NO ORDINARY MAN to have its world premiere at the 2020 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

            AISLING CHIN-YEE AND CHASE JOYNT’S NO ORDINARY MAN TO HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 2020 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Written by transgender writer Amos Mac and Montreal filmmaker Aisling Chin-Yee, No Ordinary Man represents the only feature film with transgender filmmakers screening at this year’s TIFF Toronto, ON […]

June 8, 2020

“No Ordinary Man” at Cannes Documentary Showcase

Parabola’s latest production “No Ordinary Man” is at the Cannes Film Festival’s Documentary Showcase for works-in-progress. The feature documentary, directed by Aisling Chin-Yee & Chase Joynt, and written by Aisling Chin-Yee & Amos Mac is one of four films representing Canada at this year’s market. For decades, the life of American Jazz musician, Billy Tipton, […]


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.