Anne Pick is an award-winning producer and director. She recently produced Yours, Al, an evocative film about the life and work of the internationally-renowned poet, Al Purdy. Yours, Al, which featured actor Gordon Pinsent in the title role, premiered on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as part of the series “Opening Night.”
Her other recent productions include “The Prince of Pot: the U.S. vs Marc Emery” about Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery and “Follow Your Dream” about a young man from Germany’s dream to become a trapper in the Yukon. Anne also created and produced Out in The Cold, a six-part series about the unique experiences of people who live and work in the Canadian north which will air on Discovery Canada early 2008.
In 2004 Anne directed and produced Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin’, a feature-length documentary about rock legend Ronnie Hawkins. The film, which was broadcast nationally on CTV, won a Gemini Award for Best Biography Documentary Program. Anne also produced Helen’s War: Portrait of a Dissident, Canada and Australia’s first documentary treaty co-production. Helen’s War about the Australian anti-nuclear activist, Dr. Helen Caldicott won Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival, and the documentary director’s prize at the Australian Film Institute awards in 2005.
Over the past twenty years Anne has produced and/or directed numerous other documentary films including The Bunny Years, about the first Playboy Bunnies. She also produced several seasons of Harrowsmith Country Life, an environmental/lifestyle series which aired on Life Network and Discovery Canada.
Anne was born in Australia where she worked as a journalist for before moving to Canada. Anne and her husband Bill Spahic established Real to Reel Productions Inc., one of Canada’s most respected independent factual production companies in 1986.
“Iris Chang, in detailing of one of the greatest atrocities of world history also had a universal message: that all human beings have this capacity for great evil if put under the right social and political circumstances and that we have to learn from history if we want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s a personal commitment she made and that we all need to make.”