Longevity Road Trip revvs up with LifeBit app

Longevity Road Trip is Sixteen Films’ next fascinating documentary series.

Radical advances in life extension are being made right now: people born in the last 100 years are living longer than in the entire history of humanity.

We will live longer, but how will we age?

How can we add years to our lives, maintain health and spend those years meaningfully?

Longevity Road Trip will help Canadians find answers to these pressing issues.

Four diverse Zoomer couples embark on unique road trips to global “longevity hotspots”. Each journey involves experiences, activities and investigation designed to explore and extend the limits of human ageing.

We’ll join them as they reveal the secrets of billion-dollar research facilities in the mountains of California, swim in a sacred Cenote of the Yucatan jungle, divine the tantric arts on the beaches of Cap d’Agde, learn a new language and improve brain function in romantic Italy and train like an Olympian in St. Lucia.

Participants will study with scientists in cutting-edge gene therapy labs and delve into folklore with archeologists and faith healers.

While each journey combines the high-falutin with the folksy and sometimes plain flakey, the series is firmly grounded in hard science. Each episode features field-leading experts and the University of Toronto’s ground-breaking Institute for Life Course and Ageing consulting on the entire project.

Longevity Road Trip will challenge the participants and the audience to transform themselves and everything we believe we know about ageing.

Counting the moments with LifeBit

LifeBit is a cutting-edge wellness app and digital companion to the Longevity Road Trip series.

LifeBit offers users a completely revolutionary way of looking at their health and longevity.  Beyond monitoring their caloric intake, fitness level and a host of other health related factors, LifeBit will also contextualize a user’s behavior, explaining why it’s important to live healthfully; one of LifeBit’s unique features is its ability to collect information from many different sources and give a concrete picture of what the result of all of a user’s hard work is.

Not only does the LifeBit show that eating well and exercising will prolong your life, it shows how much time a user will gain or lose in their lifetime. LifeBit further explains what the value of that extra time is.

Most importantly, the data LifeBit displays to a user changes constantly, showing how altering behaviour can alter the length of time you have left to live.

Too often we lose sight of the reasons why we want to live a healthy life.  LifeBit helps remind people of those reasons.

Organic Panic: is too much Triclosan poisoning us? on VisionTV.ca

 

The federal government recently released a report that assesses and provides current figures on people’s exposure to environmental chemicals. The data, compiled from approximately 5,800 Canadians aged 3 to 79 years, shows increases and decreases from a variety of chemicals but there is one in particular that is causing a stir, triclosan. (…)

Read the full article at Visiontv. ca

Organic Panic premieres on VisionTV April 13, 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.

For immediate release – Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Sixteen Films Ltd. presents the VisionTV premiere of ORGANIC PANIC.

A new 5-part documentary series, premiering April 13th, 2015 on VisionTV

Directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta (I’ll Follow You Down, Siddharth) with executive producer Moses Znaimer, Organic Panic tackles all sides of the raging organics debate. In partnership with ZoomerMedia Ltd., Toronto production company Sixteen Films Ltd is proud to announce this new, 5-part documentary series premiering to over 10 million households April 13th, 10pm ET/7pm PT  on VisionTV.

An organic revolution is taking place in homes and business around the world. Organic products account for over $64 billion dollars spent worldwide annually. In Canada, over $3.7 billion dollars were spent on organics in 2012 alone.

But what does organic really mean? How can consumers make informed decisions and separate fact from greenwashing—a practice that cares only about the bottom line? Each episode pits an organic “Believer” against an organic “Skeptic” in a battle for the hearts and minds of concerned citizens.

Organic Panic gets to the core of the organics debate through the personal stories and commentary of experts, including:

 

  • Sarah Elton (Locavore, Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet)

 

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Is your food killing you? Is your makeup toxic? Are your clothes destroying the planet? Is “organic” all just a scam? The answers will surprise even the most ardent supporters and critics of the organics industry.

Organic Panic exposes false and misleading information about the organics industry, and empowers people to make informed decisions about caring for themselves, their families and the world.

Links

 

 

Contact

David Bratton – Producer, Sixteen Films Ltd.

Chris Remerowski – Producer, Sixteen Films Ltd.

Leanne Wright – VP, Communication ZoomerMedia

“Organic Panic” Screener Links:

Episode #1

password: cosmetics

https://vimeo.com/103183094

Ep. 2 –“Organic Personal Care Products”

password: personal

https://vimeo.com/103369995

Ep. 3 – “Organic Food”

password: food

https://vimeo.com/103179712

Ep. 4 – “Organic Fashion”

password: fashion

https://vimeo.com/103353090

Ep. 5 – “Home”

password: home

https://vimeo.com/104741217

 

Introducing Low Spirits, our new horror/comedy web series

Low Spirits is our latest project!  It’s a half-hour scripted mystery/ horror comedy web series. Its unique “choose your own adventure” style of storytelling and social media program allows the audience to take control of the story and even place themselves inside an episode for a truly thrilling interactive web experience.

Felix Low is an ageing hipster turned psychic detective with a little bit of a substance abuse problem. In his defense, Low claims that when he’s drunk or high he becomes acutely attuned to paranormal phenomena.  Even when he’s fighting a hangover, he hears voices, sees spirits and casts out demons.

Ken Downs is Felix Low’s agent and best, maybe only, friend. He brings Low cases to solve, but he’s concerned that Low’s addictions are getting out of control. He believes that after finding and fighting so many terrible apparitions and things that go bump in the night, Low might be losing his nerve.

In Low Spirits, each case Felix Low investigates will have two different solutions. The crimes committed in each episode will either be the result of supernatural forces or they will have more scientific explanations.  A tech billionaire’s household staff is dying off.  Is it
the curse of a mummy he looted from the Middle East, or a business rival’s attempt to ruin him? In each episode of “Low Spirits” it will be up the viewer to decide which ending they want to see.

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At a certain point in each episode of Low Spirits, viewers will be asked to vote on whether they want to see the supernatural or non-supernatural ending to Low’s case. The ending with the most votes is the one that will be made available on the website for viewers to see.

At the end of the series’ initial run, the “alternate” endings will be made available on the website.

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The Weekly Voice interviews Organic Panic Director Richie Mehta

Mehta:

“I had a personal viewpoint before tackling this series, yes. And surprisingly, it was challenged in a very interesting way. And this is separate from what we tried to do in the show itself, since I believe we’ve done a great job in presenting both sides of the issue, to allow the viewer to discover where they might stand on the issues. But I must say that while I leaned far towards the organic-side before directing this series, I was surprised by the opposing arguments given. There is a reason our system has developed the way it has, and while I feel that underlying corporate greed is to blame for so many of the issues we face today, I also believe there are decent, idealistic, incredibly intelligent people who work in industrial practices, and are trying to make the world a better, more sustainable place.”

Full article available on the Weekly Voice or in PDF.

Sixteen Films Ltd. Organic Panic media release

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For immediate release – Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sixteen Films Ltd. presents the world premiere of ORGANIC PANIC
A new 5-part documentary series, premiering Sept. 1

Directed by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta (I’ll Follow You Down, Siddharth) with executive producer Moses Znaimer, Organic Panic tackles all sides of the raging organics debate. In partnership with ZoomerMedia Ltd., Toronto production company Sixteen Films Ltd is proud to announce this new, 5-part documentary series premiering Sept.1 on the digital channel The Brand New ONE.

An organic revolution is taking place in homes and business around the world. Organic products account for over $64 billion dollars spent worldwide annually. In Canada, over $3.7 billion dollars were spent on organics in 2012 alone.

But what does organic really mean? How can consumers make informed decisions and separate fact from greenwashing—a practice that cares only about the bottom line? Each episode pits an organic “Believer” against an organic “Skeptic” in a battle for the hearts and minds of concerned citizens.

Organic Panic gets to the core of the organics debate through the personal stories and commentary of experts, including:

The stakes couldn’t be higher. Is your food killing you? Is your makeup toxic? Are your clothes destroying the planet? Is “organic” all just a scam? The answers will surprise even the most ardent supporters and critics of the organics industry.

Organic Panic exposes false and misleading information about the organics industry, and empowers people to make informed decisions about caring for themselves, their families and the world.

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“I gravitated towards this series because of its relevance, its detailed research, and the desire to make it as cinematic as possible. I think anyone even remotely interested in the world of organic products and living will find the series enlightening.” – Richie Mehta, director.

Links

Contact

David Bratton – Producer, Sixteen Films Ltd.

SCREENERS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Organic Panic Episode Summaries

Episode 1: Organic Cosmetics

Monday, September 1 at 2:30pm ET

Repeats Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7 at 5pm & 9pm ET

Does glamour carry a toxic price? Gillian Deacon, author of “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick” goes through 23-year old Gracie’s makeup bag, exposing the health hazards that lie within. Gracie then meets Dr. Joe Schwarcz, McGill University’s Director of the Office for Science and Society, and critic of the way media reports and distorts science. Dr. Joe refutes everything Gillian says… What will Gracie decide?

 

Episode 2: Organic Personal Care Products

Tuesday, September 2 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14 at 5pm & 9pm ET

How clean is the body care industry? Adria Vasil, journalist and author of the Ecoholic series, takes Holly, a concerned lawyer, on a tour of the secret world of chemicals lurking inside shampoos, toothpaste and everyday body care products. Holly also meets with Adria’s nemesis, an industry lobbyist and former provincial health minister who attacks Adria’s arguments.

 

Episode 3: Organic Food

Wednesday, September 3 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21 at 5pm & 9pm ET

Food is the frontline of the organics revolution. Governments, agribusiness, farmers, and everyday consumers are debating the merits of organic food. Raised on a conventional farm and desperate to return to his roots, trauma nurse Stewart wants to learn about the politics of food. He meets Sarah Elton, best selling author of “Locavore” and “Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet”. Sarah says organic food will save the planet from certain destruction. Sarah’s bitter rival, economist, geographer, and University of Toronto professor Pierre Desrochersdefends industrial agriculture as the only way to feed the world.

 

Episode 4: Organic Fashion

Thursday, September 4 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28 at 5pm & 9pm ET

How toxic is fast-fashion? Furniture designer Lisa North has a passion for fashion, but worries about the global impact of the industry. Lisa speaks with Kelly Drennan a fashion industry activist who claims that big chains are killing workers and poisoning the planet. Lisa tours H&M’s private showroom and learns about the corporation’s efforts to go green and organic.

 

Episode 5: Organic Home

Friday, September 5 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5 at 5pm & 9pm ET

Is your home making your family sick? New mother Jaya wants to do her best to keep her baby healthy, but can she afford to? Kym Klopp, owner of eco-friendly lifestyle shop EcoExistence scares Jaya with a description of the toxins lurking in her home. She says only stores like hers offer safe products. Brendan Seale, a representative for Ikea, begs to

Press release for Organic Panic, premiering Monday, Sept. 1 across Canada on ONE

For immediate release: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

ORGANIC PANIC

New 5-part television series tackles all sides of the urgent Organics Debate

Catch A Free Preview of the Complete Series Across Canada on ONE

Starting Monday, September 1 at 2:30pm ET

Organic Panic is a politically and emotionally charged original 5-part series that will have you question everything you think you know about the concept of “organics”.

Premiering September 1st on the digital channel The Brand New ONE, Organic Panic challenges what has become the conventional wisdom of the global organic revolution.

Each episode pits an organic “Believer” against an organic “Skeptic” in a battle to win the hearts and minds of concerned citizens. Featuring interviews with experts on all sides of the debate and following crusaders’ personal stories, Organic Panic exposes false and misleading information about the organics industry and empowers people to make informed decisions about caring for themselves, their families and the world.

The stakes couldn’t be higher – Is your food killing you? Is your makeup toxic? Are your clothes destroying the planet? Or, is “organic” just a scam? The answers will surprise even the most ardent supporters of the organics industry.

Organic Panic Episode Summaries

Episode 1: Organic Cosmetics

Monday, September 1 at 2:30pm ET

Repeats Saturday, September 6 & Sunday, September 7 at 5pm & 9pm ET

Does glamour carry a toxic price? Gillian Deacon, author of “There’s Lead in Your Lipstick” goes through 23-year old Gracie’s makeup bag, exposing the health hazards that lie within.  Gracie then meets Dr. Joe Schwarcz, McGill University’s Director of the Office for Science and Society, and critic of the way media reports and distorts science. Dr. Joe refutes everything Gillian says… What will Gracie decide?

 

Episode 2: Organic Personal Care Products

Tuesday, September 2 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14 at 5pm & 9pm ET

How clean is the body care industry? Adria Vasil, journalist and author of the Ecoholic series, takes Holly, a concerned lawyer, on a tour of the secret world of chemicals lurking inside shampoos, toothpaste and everyday body care products. Holly also meets with Adria’s nemesis, an industry lobbyist and former provincial health minister who attacks Adria’s arguments.

 

Episode 3: Organic Food

Wednesday, September 3 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21 at 5pm & 9pm ET

Food is the frontline of the organics revolution. Governments, agribusiness, farmers, and everyday consumers are debating the merits of organic food. Raised on a conventional farm and desperate to return to his roots, trauma nurse Stewart wants to learn about the politics of food. He meets Sarah Elton, best selling author of “Locavore” and “Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet”. Sarah says organic food will save the planet from certain destruction. Sarah’s bitter rival, economist, geographer, and University of Toronto professor Pierre Desrochersdefends industrial agriculture as the only way to feed the world.

 

Episode 4: Organic Fashion

Thursday, September 4 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28 at 5pm & 9pm ET

How toxic is fast-fashion? Furniture designer Lisa North has a passion for fashion, but worries about the global impact of the industry.  Lisa speaks with Kelly Drennan a fashion industry activist who claims that big chains are killing workers and poisoning the planet. Lisa tours H&M’s private showroom and learns about the corporation’s efforts to go green and organic.

 

Episode 5: Organic Home

Friday, September 5 at 2:30pm ET
Repeats Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5 at 5pm & 9pm ET

Is your home making your family sick? New mother Jaya wants to do her best to keep her baby healthy, but can she afford to?  Kym Klopp, owner of eco-friendly lifestyle shop EcoExistence scares Jaya with a description of the toxins lurking in her home.  She says only stores like hers offer safe products. Brendan Seale, a representative for Ikea, begs to differ…

THE BRAND NEW ONE PRESENTS ORGANIC PANIC

A 5-part original series commissioned by ZoomerMedia Limited Television Division VP Programming Beverley Shenken and Executive Producer Moses Znaimer

Produced by Chris Remerowskiand David Bratton of Sixteen Films Ltd.,

Directed by CSA/Genie award winning Director Richie Mehta (Siddharth, I’ll Follow You Down and Amal)

Shot by Iris Ng (Director of Photography for Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell)

 

WHERE TO WATCH:

This September and October, watch Organic Panic all across Canada during a special free preview of The Brand New ONE

Bell TV 606
Cogeco 164
MTS 294
Rogers Digital 265
Sasktel 106
Shaw Direct 575
TELUS Satellite TV 606

Or check your local listings

Full schedule available at www.ONETV.ca

SCREENERS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Leanne Wright
ZoomerMedia Television Division

Leanne@zoomer.ca

416.886.6873