Human Scale Productions was founded by Doug Karr and
Sierra Bellows in 2000 with the eight month documentary
production in Africa of Lifecycles: a Story of AIDS in Malawi.
The hour long film features the music of SONY recording
artist Bobby McFerrin and was funded by The
National Film Board of Canada, The United Nations project
on AIDS, and by Link TV (a national US broadcaster
based in San Francisco). Apart from an extensive festival run, Lifecycles
was featured in a North American university campus tour highlighting
the role of media in development.
Karr studied Filmmaking at Ryerson University and was
then hired by McLellan Multimedia Group as an editor
for corporate and documentary video. Karr studied with celebrated filmmaker
Robert Primes, ASC at the Rockport Workshops as well
as renowned Canadian writer and story editor Alan Magee
as part of a script writing prize. Karr also served as Vice Chairman
on the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative board of directors.
Bellows graduated from the University of Toronto with
a degree in Cinema Studies. Together Bellows and Karr taught video production
as part of a special development seminar for Harvard University’s
Center For International Relations, and Karr has also led filmmaking
workshops for The National Screen Institute.
In co-production with the Nova Scotia based Gorgeous Mistake
Productions, Human Scale created the award winning documentary
films LSD 25 (Jury Prize Winner at Brandon’s
Thirty Below Film Festival, Grand Prize Winner at the Cabbagetown Film
Festival) and The June Bug Symphony (Nominated
for Best Cinematography at Yorkton Film Festival, winner Best Film at
the Niagara Falls Film Festival).
In 2002, after being part of the Script Development Program at the 22nd
Atlantic Film Festival, the screenplay for the half
hour television drama The Straitjacket Lottery
was commissioned by The CBC, Atlantic Region and Bravo!.
The film stars Andy Jones (Rare Birds, CODCO), David
Huband (The Newsroom) and Tara Slone (former
lead singer of Joydrop). The film recently won Best
Comedy at the 2004 Niagara
Indie FilmFest, as well as being nominated for Best
Comedy and Best Male Performance at the 2004 Canada Golden Sheaf
Human Scale Productions is currently in development on multiple projects
including a dramatic series based on The Straitjacket Lottery,
a six part travel series entitled Nightmares & Nirvana,
and a the feature film Living-Room War with
Karr at the helm as writer/director.