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March 5, 2021

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US cablenet Reelz and German pay TV channel Spiegel History have picked up a four-part documentary series on the Titanic.

Titanic: Stories from the Deep examines artefacts and the stories behind them and is sold by Toronto-based Distribution360.

Reelz will show the full 4×60’ series back-to-back on March 7, starting at 20.00, with Spiegel History also set to air the show this month.

The docuseries is produced by Canada’s Infinity Filmed Entertainment Group and Partners in Motion. Using new technology, it examines new artefacts from the wreck of the Titanic, which sank in April 1912, and links them to passengers and their living descendants.

Titanic: Stories from the Deep was originally financed by UKTV’s Yesterday, Viasat History, Foxtel and Canada’s Hollywood Suite, with the participation of the Rogers Documentary Fund.

Victor Garber, who appeared in James Cameron hit 1997 film Titanic, presents the series. Its exec producers include Shel Piercy and Dan Carriere for Infinity, Ron Goetz for Partners in Motion and Bretton Hunchak.

Diane Rankin, Distribution360’s senior VP of rights, said: “With its focus on rarely seen artefacts, Titanic: Stories from the Deep brings previously untold stories to the surface and we’re so pleased to find great broadcast partners in Reelz and Spiegel History to bring this excellent series to more audiences around the world.”

May 11, 2018

COURAGE AWARDS RAISE $3 MILLION FOR COAST MENTAL HEALTH

2018 Courage to Come Back Award Recipients from left: Suzanne Venuta, Josh Dahling, Alisa Gil-Silvestre, Ingrid Bates and Jim Ryan.

2018 Courage to Come Back Award Recipients from left: Suzanne Venuta, Josh Dahling, Alisa Gil-Silvestre, Ingrid Bates and Jim Ryan.

With more than 1,800 attendees, the fundraising dinner was the biggest ever held in British Columbia. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the evening also raised a record-breaking $3 million for Coast Mental Health, which provides housing, support and employment to people with mental illness throughout the Lower Mainland.

Infinity Films has been producing the Courage to Come Back Awards since its inaugural year. We are proud to be part of this extraordinary event and look forward to many more years of partnering with Coast Mental Health.

February 6, 2018

LOVE, HOPE & AUTISM PREMIERES ON CBC DOCS POV SUNDAY MARCH 18

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Based on a lifetime of home movie footage, the documentary Love, Hope & Autism takes the viewer on the Fresco family’s deeply personal journey of raising a son with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Premiering Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 9pm (9:30 NT) on CBC Docs POV, the film provides an extraordinarily intimate look inside a family as they deal with autism from birth through adulthood, and confronts the startling statistical rise of ASD in North America, as well as the heartbreaking outcome for many autistic children aging out of a publicly-funded system. The documentary will also be available to watch online at cbc.ca/CBCDocsPOV on Friday, March 16, from 5 pm ET.

Love, Hope & Autism is a must-see for the increasing number of Canadians with autism in the family, for those who wonder what life’s like for the family next door, or for those who are concerned new parents or grandparents. Says writer & director Helen Slinger, “The months spent filming this documentary, and screening a lifetime of footage, showed me what it’s like to be inside a family dealing with autism. It is more difficult than you can imagine, and even more fascinating.”

In Love, Hope & Autism, we meet Fraser Fresco, a young man with severe autism approaching his 21st birthday – the date at which he will be cut off from publicly-funded education and must rely on a disability allowance. The film urgently asks, “What will happen to Fraser?” who struggles with basic everyday tasks such as clothing, bathing and feeding himself. It is a harrowing question faced by an increasing number of North American families as the rate of ASD skyrockets. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that one in 68 Americans is “on the spectrum,” a shocking 100% increase over the past decade (most Canadian ASD associations use this CDC statistic).

Drawing a portrait of the Fresco family, Love, Hope & Autism features unprecedented footage shot by Fraser’s loving father, Robert Fresco, who is also a professional cameraman. Following Fraser’s life from infancy through to early adulthood, Robert’s lens uniquely captures Fraser’s development as a child growing up with ASD. Through home video clips and interviews, viewers witness the emotional and physical impact on the family, including fraternal twin Hallee, who finds herself out of the focus of her father’s camera and attention.

June 19, 2017

TUTS 2017 Season Soaring to New Heights with Mary Poppins

There are few events that embody summertime like an evening spent at Stanley Park’s Theatre Under the Stars. This year, Infinity Film’s Shel Piercy undergoes a new set of challenges and excitement with the ambitious and cherished musical Mary Poppins. Not only does the book require sophisticated acting to tell the story at it’s highest level, the set, costumes, props and performers must all have more than a little bit of magic up their sleeve. With a combination of extraordinary talent, stunning choreography, and a passionate ensemble, Piercy knows he has a recipe for success.

As the team approaches the final few weeks of rehearsal and begin to integrate the technical elements of the show, butterflies, much like the ones in the Stanley Park Rose Garden, flutter in the bellies of cast and crew alike with anticipation of a magical opening night.

Mary Poppins is directed by Shel Piercy, choreographed by Nicol Spinola with music direction by Wendy Bross Stuart. The show runs July 7 – August 19. Tickets and information at www.tuts.ca.

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October 14, 2016

VANCOUVER PRODUCERS STRIKE TITANIC DEAL

 Vancouver-based producers Infinity Filmed Entertainment Group Ltd. and Partners in Motion have signed an exclusive access arrangement with Premier Exhibitions, Inc. to produce a new television series, Titanic: Stories from the Deep.

Titanic: Stories from the Deep promises to reveal the stories behind individual artifacts in the moments before the shipwreck; what they are, how they came to be onboard and who may have owned them. And what may have happened to those owners. Were they one of the few to survive the icy waters that night or do we know them only by the clues left on the ocean floor?

The deal, which grants Infinity Films and Partners in Motion exclusive access to the collection,allows the producers to engage broadcasters and distributors throughout the development phase of the series.

Premier Exhibitions, Inc., is the Salvor-in-Possession of the RMS Titanic and has exclusively recovered, preserved, researched and documented more than 5,500 artifacts from her wreck site for nearly 30 years. These artifacts are now featured in major exhibitions around the world including both Las Vegas and Orlando as part of Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.

This is the chance of a lifetime. We have a unique opportunity to find our way back to the Titanicand explore the lives of those who were on board thanks to the objects they left behind,” said Shel Piercy, President of Infinity Films.

Adds Ron Goetz, Executive Vice President of Partners in Motion: “We expect this series will move into production early in 2017 and are now reviewing potential broadcasters and foreign producers.”

“The story of Titanic is not one story, but many. This collaboration will give untold stories a voice: inspiring future generations and enhancing Titanic’s legacy,” said Daoping Bao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Premier Exhibitions, Inc.

Principal photography on season one of Titanic: Stories from the Deep should be completed by the end of 2017.

For further information contact:

Shel PiercyPresident Ron GoetzExecutive Vice President Katherine SeymourVP Marketing
Infinity Filmed Entertainment Group Ltd. Partners In Motion Premier Exhibitions, Inc.
+1 (604) 505-3616 +1 (404) 842-2675

 

About Infinity Filmed Entertainment Group Ltd.

Infinity Films is an award-winning producer of both factual and fiction television for both the Canadian and International television and film markets.  Their work has been commissioned by CBC, CTV, Global Television, History Television, Bravo!, W Network, Discovery as well as international broadcasters such as BBC in Britain; ZDF in Germany; ABC in Australia and many, many more.  For Big Coat Productions and Corus, Infinity Films produced the first 60 episodes of Love it or List It Vancouver (Love It or List It Too in the USA).  www.infinityfilms.ca

About Partners in Motion

Since its creation in 1993, Partners In Motion has grown and matured into a multi-dimensional, multi-purpose entertainment entity engaged in the development, production and distribution of comprehensive, award-winning media programming and is a favored supplier for networks including Discovery International, History Television, A&E Biography, The Travel Channel, HBO and TLC.  Learn more at www.partnersinmotion.com

About Premier Exhibitions, Inc.:

Premier Exhibitions, Inc. (OTCQB:PRXI), located in Atlanta, GA, is a major provider of museum quality exhibitions throughout the world and a recognized leader in developing and displaying unique exhibitions for education and entertainment. Our exhibitions present unique opportunities to experience compelling stories using authentic objects and artifacts in diverse environments. Exhibitions are presented in museums, exhibition centers and other entertainment venues. Additional information about Premier Exhibitions, Inc. is available at www.prxi.com.

 

 

 

 

 

January 27, 2013

Shel Piercy Wins Outstanding Longtime Achievement Ovation Award

Members of the Musical Theatre Community of the Lower Mainland of Vancouver celebrated the musicals of 2012 by giving out 25 awards to various companies and members of the community last night.

Among the night’s honorees, director writer, designer and producer of musical theatre  Shel Piercy received the Longtime Achievement award.  A surprise to Mr. Piercy, he managed to accept the award with a witty thank you speech, noting that since he started his career in 1971, 40-plus years in the business is indeed a LONG TIME.

Mr. Piercy was nominated as Best Director for last year’s hit musical I Love You Because.  He has been writing, directing, and producing theatrical plays, musical TV specials, documentaries and feature films for over 40 years. He has worked with and continues to work with a number of theatre companies throughout the lower mainland; however, he is most widely known for his incredible involvement with Theatre Under the Stars. When not directing and producing, he serves as president of the  Infinity Films.

APPLAUSE! Musicals Society, a registered non-profit charity, has been sharing the excitement and passion of great showtunes through a series of entertaining, historical and educational concerts & revues since 1997.

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November 27, 2011

INFINITY FILMED ENTERTAINMENT GROUP LTD CREATES 2011 GREY CUP SCOTIABANK GALA DINNER.

Infinity Films is proud to announce their involvement as the creative producers of the 2011 Scotiabank Grey Cup Show Your Colours Gala at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver. Continuing their long association with brand.LIVE Group Ltd, this spectacular show featured over 200 performers accompanied by a live six-piece band. The show was written and directed by Infinity Films’ partner SHEL PIERCY.

In the style of the Broadway hit “Spamalot”, but with football as its theme, the evening included appearances by “The Queen”, “ABBA” and “Celine Dion”. The hilarious script featured fabulous music and dance all performed by some of Canada’s top musical theatre artists. Musical direction and arrangements were by long-time Infinity Films orchestrator EDWARD HENDERSON with choreography by SHELLEY STEWART HUNT. Featured performers included PETER JORGENSEN, MATT PALMER, CAILIN STADNYK and SYLVIA ZARADIC.

brand.LIVE Group Vice President PAUL RUNNALS wrote, “I wanted to give huge thanks to you as part of our very own championship team for once again raising the bar on public events in the city. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive on all of our events and in particular with regards to our “top notch staff”. You rocked it above and beyond….”

The evening was attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robinson.

For more information: emma hale ehale@infinityfilms.ca