December 2, 2020

TIFF Top Ten film No Ordinary Man wins multiple awards

  Since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, critically acclaimed No Ordinary Man has won multiple awards as it continues its triumphant festival tour, and is a TIFF Top Ten film of the year. Inside / Out Film Festival: Best Canadian Film Southwest International Film Festival: Audience Award RIDM / Montreal International Documentary […]

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, […]

February 26, 2020

Stream 1999 for free in Canada

Samara Chadwick‘s beautiful and haunting documentary “1999” is now available to stream for free in English and French on the National Film Board’s web site: English: https://www.nfb.ca/film/1999-en French: https://www.onf.ca/film/1999 Share your thoughts about the film or reach out to Samara on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/1999film/

January 9, 2019

Press love for 1999

  After a festival circuit with stops in Kosovo, Switzerland, New York, Toronto, Italy and of course Moncton, New Brunswick, the critics are in and they love 1999! “Chadwick intrepidly shifts backwards and forwards in time, she and her protagonists speaking in their native Chiac …the language flows sometimes literally word by word between the two […]


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. 

Parabola’s newest producer is Marie-Michèle Cyr, who has been working closely with the team during an intensive mentorship throughout 2020. Marie-Michèle is now developing her own projects out of Parabola and will be taking the reigns as lead producer in 2021. Congratulations Marie-Michèle!

Marie-Michèle a étudié la production cinématographique à l’École de cinéma Mel Hoppeheim de l’Université Concordia. Depuis, elle a acquis de l’expérience en tant que réalisatrice, productrice, monteuse et directrice de la photographie sur des projets indépendants. Son premier court métrage Blush a été projeté entre autres à Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ + International Film Festival et à Image + Nation. En tant qu’artiste visuelle, elle a principalement travaillé avec la projection et la scénographie sous le nom Boycott (2015-2017) qui l’a amenée à se produire en tant que VJ à l’échelle nationale. Curieuse et autodidacte, elle s’intéresse avant tout aux manières de penser le cinéma politiquement et poétiquement. Cofondatrice de Earthbound Wrestling, un incontournable de l’underground montréalais, elle a cofondé Earthbound Futures, une organisation à but non lucratif visant « l’empowerment » de jeunes queer.