Rachel Bower Productions

Documentaries that encompass the passion and vibrancy of the human spirit

Documentaries

I am Skylar

15 - minute documentary for the NFB

Surrounded by a family and a community who show her unconditional love as she follows her personal path, Skylar faces the complexities of being a transgender girl on the cusp of puberty with refreshing honesty and unshakeable dignity. 

Best Short documentary FIN

Best documentary Silver Wave Film Festival

Best Short documentary  Common Good International Film Festival

Best Short documentary Children's Film Festival Seattle


Christmas Bird Count

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2020


Citizen scientists come out each year to track birds and contribute to overall global knowledge.


Bay of Fundy

Director and Writer

60 min documentary broadcast on NDR - 2020

Blanding's Turtles

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2019


Major efforts are underway to protect the elusive and endangered Blanding's Turtle.

Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Director & Camera Operator

15 minute documentary for Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site

Outdoor Women

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2019


Why a new generation of women are reconnecting with nature by bridging the past with the present.

Hemp Hops and Haskaps

Director & Writer

30 - minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2019


Ancient Crops are taking root once again and putting Maritime farms on the global market.




Unique Sea Harvesters

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2018



How resourceful small-scale sea harvesters are re-discovering ocean vegetables and creating innovative culinary experiences.


The Ties that Bind

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2018


The Ties That Bind," is a heartwarming series of stories about the people who bring communities together.


Old Ways in New Times

Director & Writer 

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2018









Oysters

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2017









Maritime Collections

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2017


Meet Maritimers whose unique collections give us a glimpse of who we were and what still binds us together.

Meet Maurice Crosby

Producer 

8 minute documentary for BravoFactual - 2017


This short documentary celebrates the life of 90 year old photographer Maurice Crosby, known for capturing the physical and cultural landscape of Canada's East Coast between the 1940s and 1990s.

 

Lunenburg: Where the Land Meets the Sea 

Director & Writer  

60-minute documentary for Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) German Television -2017


Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is a picturesque seaside town located on the Atlantic coast of Canada. In the one hour documentary “Lunenburg: Where The Land Meets the Sea” we meet energetic and talented people who keep Lunenburg’s traditions alive for future generations.



Night Sky

Director & Writer 

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC -2016


The wonder and mystery of the night sky ... and the efforts underway to preserve our connection to it.


Loons

Director & Writer 

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC - 2016


The common loon is an iconic bird - one whose haunting call evokes a deep sense of solitude, and peacefulness. But high levels of mercury in Nova Scotia's lakes are causing unpredictable behaviour, And that - over time - could lead to a loss of the Loon.


Photo Credit Loon with Chick - Missy Mandel 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/missymandel/


The Singing Lumberjack

Director & Writer

Six-minute documentary For National Film Board of Canada


For nearly 40 years, Charlie Chamberlain was one of the most popular vocalists in Canada – and the most beloved member of the old-time band Don Messer and his Islanders. The Singing Lumberjack brings Chamberlain’s home-grown talent and gregarious personality back to life in this five-minute short film.


Right Whales 

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC


For over three decades the North Atlantic Right Whale has migrated to the Bay of Fundy in the summertime. But researchers began to notice, the right whale was missing. This half-hour documentary shows how researchers are trying to find these elusive whales.

Stories in Stone 

Director & Writer 

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC


We all know the expression “Written in Stone” but some stories literally are. Stories in Stone is a half-hour documentary that explores hundreds of ancient Mi’kmaq petroglyphs, unexplained monuments build by the Black Loyalist settlers of Birchtown (the settlement featured in The Book of Negroes) and a mysterious rune stone in Southwest Nova Scotia, Canada that may have been carved by Vikings.


Growing Concern

Director & Writer

30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC


"Growing Concern" is a half hour documentary about young farmers reconnecting to the land and agriculture.






Birds At Risk 
Director & Writer
30-minute documentary broadcast on CBC

"Birds At Risk" is a half hour documentary that travels to birding hotspots around Nova Scotia to examine the health of our bird populations. The film introduces a group of passionate birdwatchers, biologists and volunteers who are playing an important role in the scientific research that is critical to keeping bird species alive.


Invasive Species
Director & Writer

"Invasive Species" Is a half hour documentary that explores how foreign marine animals are damaging ecosystems on the east coast of Canada.

Maritime Pickers
Director & Writer

In this thirty minute documentary, we meet three pickers from the East Coast of Canada, who love finding treasure from other's peoples past.

Last of Their Kind
Director & Writer

We meet some remarkable Maritimers using old ways to make the most of the modern world.

Got Nerve 
Director & Camera Operator

Chris Kaag was barely out of his teens when he received a staggering blow; He was diagnosed with a rare degenerative nerve disorder and was told he would never walk again.


“Got Nerve?” is a fast-paced, inspirational documentary that follows Chris in his role as a motivator. A heartwarming and personal film, "Got Nerve?" will challenge preconceived notions and shatter conventional wisdom.

In The Same Boat
Director & Camera Operator & Editor

“In The Same Boat” compares Newfoundland’s cod fishery collapse to the potential for irreversible damage to Alberta’s farmlands. Through the personal stories of farmers and fishermen we gain a new understanding of the value of living off the land and the sea, and the consequences of taking both for granted.


For more information please visit: In The Same Boat





A Time Apart: A History of Hope
Director & Camera Operator & Editor

Holocaust survivor, Alice Zuckerman never gave up hope that she would find her family, lost after the Second World War. In this 45 minute documentary, Alice reunites with her family and takes us on a moving journey through old Eastern Europe, a world that seemingly disappeared through Nazism and communism. Yet this world remains vital in the hearts of the people she meets along the way.





Baton Twirling in Canada
Director & Camera Operator & Editor

A far cry from the common misconception of majorettes marching in a parade, baton twirlers perform seemingly impossible gymnastic and dance maneuvers under a spinning metal stick. Canada is proud home to some of the World’s best baton twirlers. In this one hour documentary, Canada’s World Baton Twirling champions share their stories.


For more information, please visit  Baton Twirling in Canada 



Akain Wari : Building the Niger Delta
Director & Camera Operator & Editor

Akain Wari: Building the Niger Delta explores how the use of solar technology can benefit Nigerian villages.