Living In HOpe – 2017, feature (4 x 60 min.), Knowledge Network
Living in HOpe is an observational documentary series driven by the stories of people dealing with the realities of mental illness – patients, their families and friends, but also the doctors, nurses and staff of HOpe Centre. We are currently filming for a full calendar year to collect and share their stories. We hope through this film series, stigma and fear is replaced by a realization that “they” are not that different from “us”. Director and Producer, Melanie Wood

Shut Up And Say Something – 2017, feature (82 min.), Knowledge Network
We follow acclaimed international spoken word artist Shane Koyczan on an emotional road trip to reconnect with the father he never knew. As Shane unravels the story behind his troubled childhood, we get a powerful and intimate look at how a master wordsmith mines the scars of his past for truth, acceptance and the most important poem of his life. Director and Producer, Melanie Wood

For Dear Life – 2017, feature (74 min.), Knowledge Network
With all the flair of a seasoned theatre producer, terminal cancer patient James Pollard rallies his family and friends to turn death on its head and stretch his final years into an unconventional project. With a surprising amount of humour, this film walks the delicate line between grief and acceptance. Director, Carmen Pollard / Producer, Melanie Wood

Just Eat It: A food waste movie – 2014, feature (75 min.), Knowledge Network
We all love food. So how could we be throwing nearly half of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of the fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of edibles that are tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food for 6 months. Director, Grant Baldwin / Producer, Jen Rustemeyer / Executive Producer, Melanie Wood

Weather Gone Wild – 2014, 1 hour, CBC Doc Zone
Unpredictable, stormy weather is a natural outcome of a warmer planet. As things heat, they become more volatile. Weather Gone Wild is a one-hour documentary about changing the way we live in order to survive a changing climate. From entire floating neighbourhoods to massive harbour floodgates, cities around the world are trying to engineer their way to a safer future. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Sue Ridout

To The Rescue – 2013, 1 hour, CBC Doc Zone
Expectations of our old patchwork search and rescue system are higher than ever because “weekend warriors” think they can call 911 or trigger a locator beacon from even the most remote wilderness. With an increasing number of outdoor adventurers and shrinking budgets, Canada’s search and rescue system is in need of an overhaul. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Sue Ridout

Foncie’s Photos – 2013, 30 min. Knowledge Network
From 1934-1979 Vancouver street photographer Foncie Pulice set up his camera on a Granville Street sidewalk and snapped candid shots of people strolling by. For almost half a century, he took thousands of photographs unwitting capturing moments in time, the history of the city, and the lives of British Columbians. Using these photographs the film traces a timeline through the heart of Vancouver. Director and Producer, Melanie Wood

Liberia ’77 – 2010, feature (75 min.), Knowledge Network & TVO
Imagine life with no photographs. No smiling faces. No family snapshots. No record of your past. Welcome to Liberia! When Canadian brothers Jeff and Andrew Topham return to the war torn West African country of their childhood to re-shoot their father’s photos from the 70s, they find a nation whose own photographic history was destroyed by war. Suddenly their tattered envelope of family photos takes on a significance they never could have imagined. Liberia ’77 shows how despite time, war, distance and culture, photography connects us all. Director, Jeff Topham / Producer, Melanie Wood

Carbon Hunters – 2008, 1 hour, CBC Doc Zone
Carbon Hunters delves into the controversial, little-understood, yet booming industry of carbon credit trading as a potentially workable mechanism towards solving what most people now acknowledge as the greatest crisis facing the planet – climate change. Director, Miro Cernetig / Creative Producer, Melanie Wood / Producer, Force Four Entertainment

School Of Secrets – 2007, 1 hour, CBC The Lens
Presents a tale of truth, and its consequences, in the story of a Vancouver teacher and the teenage girls he seduced. School of Secrets provides a sober lesson in the need for transparency and accountability in any public institution. Director, Melanie Wood – producers, Eunice Lee & Melanie Wood

Struggle For Control: Child & Youth Behaviour Disorders – 2004, 1 hour
Tells the stories of three young people and their struggles to keep their behaviour disorders in check. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Bartlett LeRose Productions

Fighting Their Fears: Child & Youth Anxiety – 2004, 1 hour
Tells the stories of three young people and their struggles learning to live with their anxiety disorders. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Bartlett LeRose Productions

O.COM: Cybersex Addiction – 2003, 1 hour, CBC Passionate Eye : Cybersex Addiction is a cautionary tale of the Internet’s profound effect on human sexuality. Each day, hundreds of thousands of individuals access the Internet to make sexual contact with each other without ever having met eye-to-eye or having said a simple hello. Cybersex addicts have a message for all of us about technology’s ability to accelerate our alienation from each other. Director, Melanie Wood / Producers, Nick Orchard and Melanie Wood

Chasing The Cure: Brett Finlay, Man Against Microbe – 2002, 1 hour
In this science biography it’s a battle against foes such as ecoli and campylobactor which threaten human life. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Cal Shumiatcher (Paperny Films)

On Wings And Dreams – 2001, 1 hour
Two visions clash over the airways of Canada in this historical documentary on the men who built Canada’s airlines. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Terence McKeown

A Stranger In Our Home – 2000, 1 hour
A Stranger In Our Home is a gripping documentary exposing the alarming rise of Internet sexual predators. The documentary tells the disturbing tale of Daniel and Stephanie, two teenage victims of Internet predators. Director and Producer, Melanie Wood

To Have And To Hold – 1999, 1 hour
A film about three women who’s lives were forever changed by their stalkers. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Jack McGaw

The Sweet Assassin – 1999, 1 hour
Diabetes runs rampant in the coastal native communities in BC. This is the story of one such community and how they are dealing with it. Director, Melanie Wood / Producer, Jack McGaw


Golden Sheaf – Best Documentary Series

Platinum Award, Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival

Critic’s Choice award, Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival

Best Feature Length Documentary, Leo Awards

Best Documentary, Gracie Allen Awards, New York

Remi Award for Documentary, Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival

Finalist, Freddie Awards, International Health & Medical Media Awards

Finalist, New York Festivals NYf International Television Programming

Selected, Montreal Film Festival

Golden Sheaf – Jury Award

Winner VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary

ReFrame Official selection

Available Light official selection

TIFF Official Film Circuit